Azerbaijan’s Inconvenient Prisoner

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Publication Date 01/02/2018
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The author wrote that five years after opposition political leader Ilgar Mammadov was detained and given a jail sentence for allegedly inciting a riot, the authority of Azerbaijan’s best-known political prisoner was growing in 2018.

In 2014 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Mammadov had been prosecuted in order to silence his criticism of the government and should be compensated and released. The Azeri government ignored the ruling.

In October 2017 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe formally notified Azerbaijan of its intention to launch legal action related to the implementation of the Ilgar Mammadov v. Azerbaijan 2014 judgment from the European Court of Human Rights.

Subsequently, the Committee of the Ministers of the Council of Europe in December 2017 asked the ECHR to examine the outcome and possibly sanction Azerbaijan by withdrawing its voting rights or even to expel the country from the Council of Europe.

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EU: EEAS: Press Release, 19.11.16: Ilgar Mammadov's complaint to the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan
Wikipedia: Ilgar Mammadov
Council of Europe: News, 25.10.17: Ilgar Mammadov case: Council of Europe notifies Azerbaijan of intention to launch a special procedure for the execution of the judgment
Human Rights Watch: News, 16.11.17: Another Chance to Right a Wrong in Azerbaijan
Blog: Strasbourg Observers, 20.12.17: The Committee of Ministers goes nuclear: infringement proceedings against Azerbaijan in the case of Ilgar Mammadov
Politico: Tag: Ilgar Mammadov
Freedom Now: Current campaigns: Ilgar Mammadov. Azerbaijan

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