UEL FINAL: AZERBAIJAN REMOVES HIV DECLARATION FROM VISA APPLICATION AFTER LOBBYING FROM FSE

In late-February, representatives from Football Supporters Europe (FSE) visited Baku, Azerbaijan, to assess the city’s preparations for this season’s UEFA Europa League Final, which will take place in the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday 29th May (23:00 local time). Based on observations made during the visit, FSE identified several concernsregarding potential hosting conditions, including the human rights situation,…

States should enable NGOs to access foreign funding, say Venice Commission experts

Venice, 15.03.2019 – In the wake of recent challenges to the independent functioning of associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the Council of Europe’s constitutional legal experts today adopted a report on standards with respect to foreign funding of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Council of Europe member states. Over the last four years, the Venice Commission has been…

Rapporteurs welcome presidential pardon of prisoners in Azerbaijan, call for release of all political prisoners

Sunna Aevarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC), rapporteur on reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, along with Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC) and Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), Monitoring Committee co-rapporteurs for Azerbaijan, today welcomed the release, following the Navruz presidential pardon, of more than 400 sentenced prisoners in Azerbaijan, including over 50 persons considered to be…

Azerbaijan: 51 political prisoners released during Novruz celebrations

On 16 March 2019, 51 political prisoners were released from prison following a pardon issued by the President of Azerbaijan in relation to the Novruz celebrations. While International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Human Rights Club welcome the releases as a positive development, we maintain that these individuals should have never been detained and…

Statement by the Spokesperson on the pardoning of prisoners in Azerbaijan to mark Novruz Holiday

On 16 March, to mark Novruz Holiday, the President of Azerbaijan pardoned over 400 people. Among those pardoned are also representatives of political parties, NGOs, bloggers and journalists, which is a welcome step. The European Union expects that further similar steps will follow in future in line with Azerbaijan’s international commitments. The EU will continue…

Report on EU – Azerbaijan relations in the framework of the revised European Neighbourhood Policy

This report focusses on the efforts by Azerbaijan to carry out reforms looking at key developments in the country’s relations with the European Union since the publication of the previous report on EU-Azerbaijan relations on 20 December 2017, in particular in the priority areas identified in the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership Priorities. The EU-Azerbaijan Cooperation Council under…