The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe will consider the non-enforcement of the decisions of the Strasbourg Court

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe will consider the non-enforcement of the decisions of the Strasbourg Court

Baku/05.12.23/Turan: The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe holds a quarterly meeting on human rights in Strasbourg on December 5-7, dedicated to the implementation of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). According to the press service of the Council of Europe, Azerbaijan is among the countries where the decisions of the ECHR remain unfulfilled. In particular, the cases of the "Mammadli group" related to politically motivated arrests remain one of the unfulfilled decisions.

The Committee of Ministers had previously called on the Government, as individual measures, to cancel the criminal records of the applicants of this group and eliminate all other consequences. The Government of Azerbaijan was recommended to carry out fundamental reforms in the judicial system and completely eliminate cases of abuse of criminal law.

This group includes the cases of Anar Mammadli, Intigam Aliyev, Khadija Ismayilova, Giyas Ibrahimov and Bayram Mammadov (now deceased), Arif and Leyla Yunus.

The Committee of Ministers will also discuss the situation with the execution of court decisions on the groups "Muradova", "Mammadov (Jalaloglu)" and "Mikail Mammadov". Within these groups, the execution of more than 20 decisions of the ECHR is monitored. The court's decisions revealed the death of the applicants' relatives, torture and ill-treatment of the applicants by law enforcement agencies, lack of effective investigation, violation of the right to access medical care and other violations.

It is also expected that the Committee of Ministers will discuss the situation with the implementation of the ECHR decisions in the cases "Mushfiq Mammadov and Others against Azerbaijan" related to the case of members of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization who were prosecuted for refusing military service.

Another case that will be discussed by the Committee of Ministers is related to the pardon of Ramil Safarov, convicted of murder in Hungary, after his extradition to Azerbaijan.

After Ramil Safarov was extradited to Azerbaijan in 2012, he was pardoned by presidential decree on the same day.  The applicant (the person acting on behalf of Markarian) demands that the presidential decree on Safarov's pardon be revoked or, alternatively, the Azerbaijani courts review the presidential decree. The Azerbaijani side stated that it recognizes the violation and will pay compensation. The Government considers fair compensation, including recognition of the offense, sufficient to restore justice, the Council of Europe said in conclusion.

Currently, the Committee of Ministers has up to 300 court decisions related to Azerbaijan. -16D06-

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