The resolution titled “Azerbaijan: the case of Ramil Safarov” has been adopted today, on 13th September, by the  European Parliament.

The motion for the resolution was submitted by five political groups.

During the debates majority of speakers stressed that pardoning Safarov is against the spirit of the European convention. They also deplored making a hero of murderer Ramil Safarov. For instance, MP Jaroslaw Paska called the decision “a shock for civilized world”.

Speaking during the debate, MP Ulrike Lunacek said Hungary’s government has its share of responsibility and Premier Orban ignored the warnings of his government. She stressed Premier made an economic deal to help his country come out of the crisis.

The text of the resolution states:

“The European Parliament

1. Deplores the pardoning and military promotion of a convicted and sentenced for life imprisonment murderer Ramil Safarov and stresses that such a move undermines Azerbaijan’s commitment to respect justice and the rule of law;
2. Rejects any glorification of Ramil Safarov as this runs contrary to the principles of
human dignity and justice;
3. Considers that while the presidential pardon granted to Safarov is in line with the letter of the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, it runs contrary to the spirit of the agreement and undermines affirmations by Hungarian government of the assurances received on the case of Safarov;
4. Recognises that European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons was
established on the basis of all states committing to the establishment of justice and
respect for the rule of law;
5. Considers it important that the Hungarian authorities defend credibility of their actions by taking formal diplomatic and legal steps towards Azerbaijan with regards to the assurances of continuous imprisonment that Hungarian government claims were received prior to the transfer of Ramil Safarov;
6. Calls on the Hungarian authorities to ask officially for information on enforcement of art 15(c) of the Convention and inform the European Committee on Crime Problems under art 23 of this Convention;
7. Calls on Azerbaijan and Armenia to exercise restraint in order to prevent escalation of the situation in the region;
8. Calls on the High Representative Vice President Catherine Ashton to maintain efforts towards both Armenia and Azerbaijan seeking to de-escalate the situation and find a possible line of dialogue among the conflicting parties;
9. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the EEAS, European Council,
European Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Republic of Armenia and Republic of Azerbaijan, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and UN Human Rights Council.”