Roman Udot, senior election expert and board member of the Russian largest election observation network GOLOS, has been arrested in Moscow on 20 May 2019. Udot is facing a criminal charge related to a provocation conducted by the state controlled TV-station NTV targeting Udot and several other Golos-experts ahead of the disputed 2018 presidential elections in Russia. According to...
Recently Prosecutor General’s Office for Investigation of Grave Crimes lifted ban on several journalists’ and political activists’ leaving Azerbaijan. On 14 April, the ban was lifted for Ilgar Mammadov, the chairman of the Real Party, and for the journalist Aynur Elgunesh on May 1. On May 3, nearly 10 journalists gathered in front of the building of the Prosecutor General’s...
The EMDS submitted two submissions to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on cases of Namat Aliyev v. Azerbaijan, (application no. 18705/06, leading case, enhanced procedure) and Anar Mammadli v. Azerbaijan (application no. 47145/14, repititive case (leading case ilgar mammadov v. azerbaijan), enhanced procedure) in accordance with Rule 9(2) of the Rules of the Committee of...
The second round of regular Ukrainian presidential elections kicked off on Sunday, according to Ukrinform news agency. The voting stations will work from 8:00 to 20:00 local time in Ukraine and foreign countries. There are two candidates in a voting paper as showman Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent Head of State Petro Poroshenko made it to the run-off according to the results...
Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS) prepared this report in order to investigate human rights violations associated with the increasing use of administrative detention as a tool of political repression. The purpose of the report is to explore true reasons behind administrative detentions and to propose recommendations to relevant stakeholders for addressing the issue. The report is based on...
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is pleased to offer a five-day training event on human rights monitoring and safety and security for human rights defenders (HRDs) working in three thematic areas: 1) human rights of Roma and Sinti, 2) human rights of people of African descent, and 3) environmental protection issues. The objective of the training event is...
The Working Group (WG) on Unified List of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan presents updated Unified List of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan. The update covers the period until 20 February 2019. Persons recognized as political prisoners based on documents obtained, court observations and interviews, the Working Group has already recognized 127 people as political prisoners; they are: - 9 journalists and bloggers (Nijat...
Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center issued assessment report on the freedom of movement in Azerbaijan and politically motivated travel bans The report describes politically motivated travel bans imposed on 30 people but the real number could be much higher.They include 18 journalists, five political activists, four lawyers and human rights defenders, two writers and a civil society representative. The aim...
Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS) prepared this report on the situation of human rights in Azerbaijan covering the year 2018 based on publicly available and alternative sources of information. There has been no progress in the situation of human rights in Azerbaijan in 2018. EMDS is a non-profit organization promoting human rights and democracy in Azerbaijan. For more information download...

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