In his remarks made during the fourth Eastern Partnership summit in Riga on May 20, Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights mainly focused on Azerbaijan by harshly criticizing official Baku. Mr. Nil noted that his Azerbaijani friends had been arrested by Azerbaijani government and voiced his deep concern over this issue. He said that he was well informed with respect to the recent processes in Azerbaijan and he called on Baku to comply with its obligations to release arrested journalists and human rights advocates without delay.
Joining Eastern Partnership summit, Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) had a short conversation with Nils Muižnieks for further elaborating on his remarks about Azerbaijan. During the conversation Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights reiterated his words and emphasized that he kept a track on processes going on in Azerbaijan. Apart from that, the Commissioner touched upon the upcoming European Olympics Games by voicing his hope that prior to the Games Baku would take humanistic and generous step to release all arrested.
Failing to provide direct answer to the questions related to the rights of more than 1 million Azerbaijani people who became refugees as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and hostages of Kalbajar region Dilgam Ahmadov, Shahbaz Guliyev, the Commissioner said that he was not well informed on the issue. He went on to say that it has to do with “Political Matter” and that he is not politician but human rights commissioner. The conversation was accompanied by an interesting dialogue during which Ahmad Shahidov considered viewpoints of the commissioner as one sided.