Crude Accountability is deeply concerned about the use of brutal violence against opposition candidates, journalists, and election observers during and following the February 9 snap Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.

Crude Accountability calls upon western governments, including the US and the European Union, and international organizations such as the OSCE to hold the government of Azerbaijan accountable for the use of violence against citizens exercising their fundamental rights to free and fair elections, expression, association, and assembly, enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This includes identifying and publicly naming the perpetrators of violence against Azerbaijani citizens.

The elections, called 9 months in advance of schedule by Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev, were marred by fraud and violence, with no seats won by opposition candidates. The preliminary report of the OSCE International Election Observation Mission states that both the legislative and political environments in Azerbaijan prevented any real competition. The US Mission to the OSCE observed significant procedural problems on Election Day, including ballot box stuffing, group voting, disregard for reconciliation procedures, and limited transparency during vote counting. Unfortunately, this is business as usual in Azerbaijan. The violence against members of the opposition and civil society as they exercised their fundamental rights of expression, association, and assembly is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated by the international community.

Further details and source: Crude Accountability , Euroasia.net