THE WORKING GROUP ON UNIFIED LIST OF POLITICAL PRISONERS PRESENTS UPDATED LIST

The Working Group (WG) on Unified List of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan presents updated Unified List of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan. The update covers the period until 01 September 2018. The list includes 130 names. Based on documents obtained, court observations and interviews, the Woking Group has already recognized 128of them as people arrested with political…

Civil society call on PACE to appoint a Rapporteur to examine the issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan

Representatives of 42 international and national non-governmental organizations issue the appeal to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to request the appointment of a Rapporteur to examine the situation of political prisoners in Azerbaijan. Below is a short version of the document. Read the full statement here: csp_letter_to_pace_on_az_political_prisoners_12_june.pdf Civil society groups report that today…

Council of Europe members suspected of corruption, inquiry reveals

Several members of the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly broke the body’s rules on ethics and are “strongly suspected” of corruption, according an internal inquiry. The report, revealed on Sunday, ends a 10-month investigation into cash-for-votes allegations focused on Azerbaijan, which have rocked the Strasbourg-based international organisation. The council, one of Europe’s oldest human rights organisations, was…

Azerbaijan election lacked genuine competition in an environment of curtailed rights and freedoms, international observers say

BAKU, 12 April 2018 – The early presidential election in Azerbaijan took place within a restrictive political environment and under laws that curtail fundamental rights and freedoms, which are prerequisites for genuine democratic elections. Against this backdrop and in the absence of pluralism, including in the media, the election lacked genuine competition. Other candidates refrained…