ERC joins Azerbaijani NGO group calling for dialogue with government

August 19, 2014

economic_research_center_baku_azerbaijan_articlethumbnailNews Source: Contact Online

The Economic Research Center (ERC) has joined the Civil Society Defence Committee in publicly rejecting accusations that Azerbaijani civil society groups that receive aid from international donors are acting as spies for foreign powers. They are calling for the government and NGOs to begin a dialogue to end a campaign of official harassment against civil society.

“Charges against these people have been falsified, their arrests were illegal, and we will protect the rights by all legitimate means,”  said Gubad Ibadoglu of the ERC, speaking at a press conference held by the committee, according to a report on the website of the Contact Online news service.

Ibadoglu was referring to the recent arrests of activists and the freezing their bank accounts.

The full report can be read on the Contact Online website here.

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