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Marietje Schaake supports Leyla Yunus for the Sakharov Prize 2014

Marietje Schaake supports the nomination of Layla Yunus for the Sakharov Prize 2014. Leyla Yunus is the director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, a human rights organisation in Azerbaijan that fights against politically motivated persecution, ethnic discrimination, corruption and violence against women. She was recently arrested, together with her husband Arif Yunus, on politically motivated charges. Held in deeply worrying conditions, she faces sentences from 15 years to life imprisonment. "Giving her the Shakarov Prize could make could make all the difference for her freedom, and make a strong statement against repression in Azerbaijan", Marietje Schaake says.