And effective protection of human rights is one of the most important tasks for the establishment of civil society that we need it. According to the NGOs such a house will make the human rights movement more visible, accessible and improve the security for human rights defenders in Azerbaijan.
Finally, we would like to request You to promote the decision of the NorwegJan Ministry of Foreign Affairs toward the establishment of the Human Rights House in Baku in the nearest future.
Though Aliyev's pardon freed political prisoners, it did not meet the OSCE's demand that the opposition activists be formally acquitted of the charges against. The persecution, pressure, threats and physical violence toward people and human rights defenders before and after the latest presidential elections of are the evidence of this increasing progression.
Elmar Huseynov's death followed on the heels of riots in three Baku prisons on February that left the Aliyev administration open to criticism from human rights groups, which complained about the use of force in quelling the uprisings, terming it a display of "tyranny.
Besides, we welcome the honest, principal and impartial activity of the NorwegJan Ambassador to Azerbaijan Steinar Gil; and in your person, we express our gratitude to the NorwegJan Government and to the Ambassador Steinar Gil on the behalf of all human rights defenders. Under existing legislation, the still-standing convictions could bar the freed opposition activists from running for a seat in parliament.