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…

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,…

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…