Azerbaijan: Human rights court set to rule on complaint alleging state involvement in journalist Elmar Huseynov’s murder

The case was brought by Rushaniya Huseynova, the wife of Elmar Huseynov, a prominent independent journalist, who wrote critical articles of the government as well as the opposition. He was shot dead outside their apartment as he returned home from work on 2 March 2005.

Parliamentary Assembly: Thorbjørn Jagland urges independent inquiry into corruption allegations

In a 24 March letter to the assembly’s president Pedro Agramunt, the secretary general urges him to deal with the claims in a “swift and transparent manner.”

Azerbaijan: Police assault on ‘Demokrat’ newspaper editor breached European human rights laws

Mustafa Hajili was editor-in-chief of the Demokrat newspaper. The case concerned his allegations that, after attempting to attend a protest in Baku’s Fountains Square, he had been arrested by police and assaulted by officers whilst in custody.

Azerbaijan: Thorbjørn Jagland reacts strongly to Supreme Court rejection of Ilgar Mammadov’s appeal

“Today, Azerbaijan’s highest court has failed to uphold the country’s legal obligation to execute the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights,” the Secretary General declared.

Venice Commission legal experts raise alarm over draft modifications to Azerbaijan’s constitution

A preliminary opinion by the Council of Europe’s constitutional law experts criticizes draft modifications to Azerbaijan’s constitution. These changes will be put to a national referendum on Monday 26 September.