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Amidst numerous changes introduced in 2009, the limit on the number of terms one person can be the president disappeared from the text of the Azeri constitution. In a process that cannot be described as transparent citizens by means of a referendum agreed that Ilham Aliyev could potentially hold the office indefinitely. In a recently… » read more

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„The issues of energy and trade cannot take precedence over human rights,” said MEP Maretje Schaake during the customary human rights debates at the end of the plenary session of the European Parliament (“EP”). The quote aptly captures one of the most salient oppositions of today’s international relations, namely that between the economy and human… » read more

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We invite you to read a guest entry by our friend Anar Gasimli, who is an Azerbaijani lawyer, on the role and situation of advocates who defend human rights activists in Azerbaijan. “Every time after the detention of activists, some free spirit youths, human rights defenders, or political party members call to invite me to… » read more

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András Baka was a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. Subsequently, the Parliament of Hungary elected him President of the Supreme Court for a six-year term. He was also the President of the National Council of Justice. The new Hungarian Constitution introduced by the ruling coalition established that the new highest judicial body… » read more

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In the case D.G. against Poland (application no. 45705/07), the applicant alleged that the conditions of his detention had been incompatible with his disability. In February 2013, the European Court of Human Rights decided that Poland violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The outcome of the D.G. case will likely have… » read more

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This blog has seen many articles about Azerbaijan lately, but unfortunately we have still not run out of topics. Yet again, the Azerbaijani authorities did not fail to provide a pretext. On 15 February 2013 the Azerbaijani Parliament adopted a series of amendments to various laws. According to the Institute for the Reporters’ Freedom and… » read more

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A growth of political and social tension in Azerbaijan has been observed in recent days. On Wednesday 23 January 2013 the town of Ismayilli was shaken with protests and on Saturday 26 January hundreds of people demonstrated in Azerbaijan’s capital to express solidarity with recent protests across the country. The social unrest was triggered by… » read more

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This week (on Wednesday 23 January) the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will vote on two resolutions concerning Azerbaijan, the first on political prisoners, the second devoted to obligations and commitments relating to Azerbaijani membership in the Council of Europe. The situation of political prisoners in Azerbaijan has been the subject of interest… » read more

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On Friday, 21 December 2012, the Council of the European Union and Russia will hold a summit in Brussels. For both parties, this is a chance to discuss political and economic relations, as well as pressing energy issues. Successive summits are supposed to lead to the creation of a new bilateral agreement on enhanced co-operation… » read more

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