January 22, 2013
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 of the Parliamentary Assembly ever since Azerbaijan acceded the Council of Europe. Solving the problem of political prisoners by their freeing or by new court proceedings in the cases of persons who are recognised as political prisoners by human rights organizations was one of the obligations which Azerbaijan assumed upon acceding the European Convention on Human Rights. Although 10 years have passed since the accession, politically motivated arrests are still practiced in Azerbaijan. According to the most recent information, it is suspected that at least in 71 cases arrests were politically motivated. Eight of those who […]