BAKU-- A European Parliament working group discussed a draft resolution today on the deteriorating situation regarding freedom of expression in Azerbaijan, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.
The major political parties in the parliament in Strasbourg are trying to reach a consensus on the text of the resolution.
The European Parliament will discuss freedom of expression in Azerbaijan while holding a larger debate on individual violations of human rights, democratic norms, and the rule of law on December 17.
Those cases will include the official ban on foreign broadcasters -- including RFE/RL -- and the recent trial and sentencing of two young bloggers, a case which has drawn international condemnation.
The resolution discussed today will be voted on by parliament after the debate.