IBAHRI condemns punishment of human rights lawyer by Azerbaijani Bar Association

As a co-signatory of an open letter to the Presidium of the Azerbaijani Bar Association, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the disproportionate disciplinary measures taken against Azerbaijani human rights lawyer Shahla Humbatova. The letter, co-signed by prominent international human rights organisations Civil Rights Defenders, Freedom House, the International Partnership for Human Rights and Lawyers for Lawyers, calls for the Azerbaijani…

EMDS issued the preliminary report on the 23 December Municipal Elections in Azerbaijan

Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre carried out the long-term observation of the 23 December 2019 Municipal Elections in Azerbaijan covering all stages of the electoral process – nomination of candidates, campaigning, election day voting and vote counting processes. EMDS conducted the long-term observation in cooperation with 17 non-partisan observers while working with 125 observers…

New report: Freedom of religion and belief in Azerbaijan

New report by International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Human Rights Club analyses the existing national legislative framework regulating the exercise of the right to freedom of religion and belief in Azerbaijan, and its compliance with international legal standards, in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental…

Homo Politicus: on two new documentaries at DocLisboa 2019

This year’s DocLisboa, which took place in the laid-back but rapidly gentrifying Portuguese capital from 17-27 October, had a slight, wistful but unmistakable valedictory air. After seven years at the helm, the widely-respected director of the non-fiction-oriented—but by no means documentary-only—festival, Cíntia Gil, was heading off to the challenging new pastures of Sheffield’s Doc/Fest. Her «number two,» Italian…

On violations of freedom of assembly and the right not to be subjected to torture and ill treatment in rallies held on 19th and 20th October

On violations of freedom of assembly and the right not to be subjected to torture and ill treatment in rallies held on 19th and 20th October   Statement of the Human Rights Club   On October 19, the National Council of Opposition Democratic Forces held a protest in the center of Baku referring various political…

S&Ds: EU should suspend negotiations with Azerbaijan following the latest crackdown against peaceful protest

S&D Group Press Release Last weekend Azerbaijani authorities violently dispersed peaceful rallies organised by the National Council of Democratic Forces (NCDF), an umbrella organisation of opposition parties, and civil society groups protesting against gender violence. Dozens of participants were detained, beaten and otherwise mistreated, including Ali Kerimli, the leader of the opposition People’s Front. Kati…

CoE Committee of Ministers calls upon Azerbaijan to quash convictions of leading human rights defenders

The Committee of Ministers at the Council of Europe today urged Azerbaijan to quash the conviction decisions and delete the criminal records of eight applicants known collectively as the ‘Ilgar Mammadov group’. The group is comprised of government critics, civil society activists and human rights defenders who have all been subjected to “retaliatory prosecutions” by the Azerbaijani…