Published: 1 Jun 2008 | By Eldar Zeynalov

Azerbaijan under scrutiny from the European Court of Human Rights


Since its accession to the Council of Europe in January 2001, the ECtHR has handed down a number of decisions against Azerbaijan. Many of these relate to the problem of political prisoners and involve violations of the right to a fair trial and impartial investigation amongst others. Azerbaijan has also been found to be in violation of Article 11 through the delayed registration of NGOs. Whilst the authorities have on some occasions sought friendly settlements, they have also undertaken other measures designed to see applications declared inadmissible on the grounds of non-exhaustion of domestic remedies.

In this article, Eldar Zeynalov considers the relationship between Azerbaijan and the ECtHR, arguing that more remains to be done in order to substantially influence judicial practice and the country’s human rights situation. To read the full article, click on the link below.