Useful feedback, relating to submissions made by applicants and their representatives on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in Azerbaijan

The Council of Europe’s Department for the Execution of Judgments (DEJ) has provided us with some useful feedback, relating to submissions made by applicants and their representatives on the implementation of judgments in Azerbaijan. The feedback is as follows: Submissions on Azerbaijani cases are generally poorer compared to those made from other countries. There are…

Azerbaijan should ease the pressure on free speech, improve the situation of lawyers and continue to work towards better livelihood opportunities for IDPs

“Freedom of expression in Azerbaijan continues to be under threat” said Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a four-day visit to Azerbaijan. Recalling the European Court of Human Rights’ judgments stressing a troubling pattern of arbitrary arrest and detention of government critics, civil society activists and human rights…

Has the ECtHR in Mammadov 46(4) opened the door to findings of ‘bad faith’ in trials?

In the recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) in Ilgar Mammadov v Azerbaijan  (Mammadov 46(4)) examined under Article 46(4) infringement proceedings, the Grand Chamber found that Azerbaijan had failed to comply with the Court’s original judgment in Ilgar Mammadov (Mammadov No.1) by refusing to release political activist Ilgar Mammadov, who was arrested on politically…

Filling Out the Blank Spots and Pointing to Poor Implementation: “Democratic Learning Environment: Fostering European Values in EaP Countries within Higher Education Systems”

This policy paper was prepared within the framework of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF), specifically for Tbilisi Eastern Partnership Conference: Promoting Common Values through Education and Culture, happening between 25-26 June 2019. It provides a snapshot of the situation, with regards to promoting the fundamental European values in the higher education systems of the six EaP countries.…

Azerbaijan: Torture and Prisoner Abuse

Conditions in Azerbaijan’s prisons are often so substandard as to amount to torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. Numerous credible reports are available, detailing severe overcrowding in prison cells and pre-trial detention centres, where low-quality food, poor medication, inadequate drinking water, sanitation and ventilation remain serious concerns.   The government at…

EaP CSF Steering Committee Calls for the Recognition of Current Moldovan Parliament and Coalition Government

As the situation remains tense in Moldova, “the priority is to return to political dialogue and re-establish trust in [the country’s] democratic institutions” – we read in the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee statement. The statement urges all actors to recognise and respect the legitimacy of the current Parliament, elected on 24 February 2019…

Explainer: Council of Europe Infringement Proceedings against Azerbaijan

EHRAC Legal Consultant Ramute Remezaite and Intern Jack Dahlsen explain what infringement proceedings are, and why it is significant that they have been initiated against Azerbaijan. Ramute previously discussed the possibility of invoking infringement proceedings against Azerbaijan in a blog for the European Journal of International Law Talk! blog in March 2017. For more on this issue,…