This week, together with MEP's Kati Piri and Ulrike Lunacek, Marietje Schaake submitted the following questions to High Representative Federica Mogherini and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.
The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, met with President Ilham Aliyev on February 6th to discuss a new EU-Azerbaijan partnership agreement. At the same time, the Azerbaijani government continues to restricts the space for critical journalism, and opposition political activity and has by imprisoneding many human rights activists; a record number of 160 political prisoners are currently jailed.
1. Was the EEAS aware of and involved in this meeting in order to duly raise human rights concerns and the concerns regarding the continueing violations of fundamental freedoms in Azerbaijan and in what way does the EEAS closely monitor all the judicial proceedings in Azerbaijan against human rights defenders, journalists and political prisoners?
2. Have the European Commission and or HR/VP discussed with Mr Aliyev the case of Ilgar Mammadov and the ongoing violation by Azerbaijan of the European Convention on Human Rights in not complying with the 2014 ruling of the Court of Human Rights
3. What are the conditions under which a new and more ambitious agreement with Azerbaijan would be negotiated, especially in regard to the fact that demoracy and human rights, as stipulated in - Article 2 of the old agreement - is are clearly still not respected by the government?