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EU calls Azerbaijan to address constitutional referendum concerns

September 28, 2016

The European Union has called on Azerbaijan to address concerns following a Council of Europe (CoE) mission to assess the 26 September referendum on draft amendments to the constitution.


According to the initial findings of the CoE Parliamentary Assembly's ad hoc assessment mission, a majority of citizens voted in favour of all 29 questions put to referendum, in a peaceful atmosphere. “Some shortcomings were noted, however, in the process, notably as regards prior debate in Parliament, while some activists were also detained during the campaign,” said an official EU statement.


“Considering this as well as the concerns raised by the Council of Europe's Venice Commission in last week's preliminary opinion on the constitutional amendments, the European Union invites Azerbaijan to take account of the Venice Commission's findings and concerns during the process of implementation of the draft constitutional amendments. The European Union will remain engaged in dialogue with Azerbaijan as regards these and other key issues,” the statement said.


The Venice Commission is the Council of Europe's advisory body on constitutional matters.

The role of the Venice Commission is to provide legal advice to its member states and, in particular, to help states wishing to bring their legal and institutional structures into line with European standards and international experience in the fields of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.  (EU Neighbourhood Info)


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