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In response to the government of Azerbaijan arresting Anar Mammadli's, Romain IOUALALEN, Oil Change International Global Policy Campaign Manager, said: 

"In the wake of Anar Mammadli's arrest, Azerbaijan’s repression of activists, human rights defenders, and journalists raises serious concerns as the country prepares to host COP29. We call on Azerbaijani authorities to immediately free Anar Mammadli, and drop the charges against him.

“Human rights and environmental defenders should have the right to speak out freely. Civic space and open debate are vital for addressing the climate crisis, yet as COPs increasingly convene in places with shrinking space for dissent, the promise of

“The G7 are falling far short of what’s needed to implement the COP28 agreement to phase out fossil fuels. These leaders cannot say they’re committed to a livable climate, while slow walking coal phase out, endorsing expansion of fossil gas, failing to pledge new climate finance," said Ioualalen.

At a time when governments must ramp up their climate efforts, the Scottish Government’s backtracking is a catastrophic betrayal. Once a UK leader on climate policy, Scotland is turning its back on scientific evidence and international obligations, to line the pockets of oil and gas executives and save face after missing eight of the last 12 annual emissions targets.

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