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…

Is civic space really shrinking, and if so who’s to blame?

Vilified as alien wolves in local sheep’s clothing, human rights NGOs and independent media groups have been cut off from their outside funders and tyrannized in country after country from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Along with others, OpenDemocracy has regularly drawn attention to this trend, with disturbing reportage from Central Africa to Central Asia and from Eastern Europe to East Asia. This is the…

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: 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…

States should enable NGOs to access foreign funding, say Venice Commission experts

Venice, 15.03.2019 – In the wake of recent challenges to the independent functioning of associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the Council of Europe’s constitutional legal experts today adopted a report on standards with respect to foreign funding of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Council of Europe member states. Over the last four years, the Venice Commission has been…

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 – AZERBAIJAN

The Azerbaijani constitution provides for a republic with a presidential form of government. Legislative authority is vested in the Milli Mejlis (National Assembly). The presidency is the predominant branch of government, exceeding the judiciary and legislature. The election observation mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) concluded that the April 11…

PRESS RELEASE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – Global assault on NGOs

Laws designed to silence_final_web versionGovernments across the world are increasingly attacking non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by creating laws that subject them and their staff to surveillance, nightmarish bureaucratic hurdles and the ever-present threat of imprisonment, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. Laws Designed to Silence: The Global Crackdown on Civil Society Organizations reveals…

HRC40 | Stifling civil society in the name of national security does not pay off, says Special Rapporteur

Wake up to the adverse effect counter-terrorism and security matrices and measures are having on civil society, says an independent human rights expert in a new report to the UN’s Human Rights Council.  Silencing civil society is counter-productive; it puts national security at risk.  In a hard-hitting new report, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental…