There are no necessary conditions for holding free democratic elections in Azerbaijan. Such an opinion in an interview with the Azerbaijani service of Voice of America was expressed by the chairman of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDSC) Anar Mammadli. According to him, on the eve of the municipal elections on December 27, 2019, most of the conditions...
The member states of the Council of Europe have committed themselves to securing the rights and freedoms set out in the Convention within their jurisdictions by signing the Convention on Human Rights and Freedoms. By signing the Convention, Member States have adopted the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, established under the Convention, whose decisions are binding...
This report is prepared by Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) and aims at raising awareness on the situation of human rights in Azerbaijan and their promotion. The organization received reports on 437 violations of human rights grouped under 16 categories during April-June 2019. All received information has been verified. For the report download the file here.
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...

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