The Council of Europe called on Azerbaijan to urgently adopt a law on alternative service

The Council of Europe called on Azerbaijan to urgently adopt a law on alternative service

Baku/08.12.23/Turan: The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, at its 1483rd meeting on December 5-7, reviewed Azerbaijan's implementation of over 25 verdicts. According to the legal information website aihmaz.org with reference to the Council of Europe, the Committee noted that the cases of the "Mammadli group" related to politically motivated arrests remain unresolved. This group includes the cases of Anar Mammadli, Intigam Aliyev, Khadija Ismayilova, Giyas Ibragimov and Bayram Mammadov (now deceased), Arif and Leyla Yunus.

The Committee expressed regret that the criminal record of these persons has not yet been cleared. If there is no tangible progress in these cases by March, then there will be an appeal to the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers to urge Baku to fully implement the decisions of the European Court of Justice.

The Committee of Ministers also discussed the situation with the execution of court decisions on the groups "Muradova", "Mammadov (Jalaloglu)" and "Mikail Mammadov". These groups cover more than 20 decisions of the ECHR on the use of torture and ill-treatment of applicants, violation of the right to access to medical care, etc.

The Committee noted that some of the applicants in this group have still not been compensated and called on Baku to ensure payments. The Committee of Ministers also discussed the situation with the implementation of the ECHR decisions in the cases "Mushfiq Mammadov and Others against Azerbaijan" related to members of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization convicted of refusing military service. The Committee of Ministers called on the Azerbaijani authorities to start drafting and adopt a law on alternative civil service. –06D-

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