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…

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…

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…