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COUNCIL OF EUROPE LAUNCHES INFRINGEMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST AZERBAIJAN

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The Committee of Ministers of the 47-nation Council of Europe has launched infringement proceedings against Azerbaijan due to the authorities” continuing refusal to ensure the unconditional release of opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov following a judgment from the European Court of Human Rights in 2014.

In the first use of a procedure introduced in 2010, the committee has formally asked the court to decide whether Azerbaijan has failed to fulfil its obligation to abide by the court”s judgment in this case.

In May 2014, the court concluded that no facts or information had been produced in the domestic criminal proceedings giving rise to a suspicion justifying the bringing of charges against Mr Mammadov, or his arrest and pre-trial detention. The court found that the actual purpose of these measures was to silence or punish him for criticising the government.

In the judgment, the court found violations of Articles 5, 6 and 18 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Until November 2017, the court found a violation of Article 18 of the convention in only five judgments and in all of those cases, except Ilgar Mammadov v. Azerbaijan, the applicants were released.

Since December 2014, the Committee of Ministers has adopted numerous decisions and interim resolutions stressing the fundamental flaws in the criminal proceedings revealed by the European court”s May 2014 judgment and calling for Mr Mammadov”s immediate and unconditional release.

However, over three years since the court”s judgment became final, the applicant remains in detention on the basis of the flawed criminal proceedings.

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Council of Europe member states are obliged to implement judgments from the European Court of Human Rights under Article 46 § 1 of the human rights convention; the Committee of Ministers is responsible for overseeing the implementation of judgments from the court

In 2010, a new procedure was introduced according to which the Committee of Ministers can ask the court, under Article 46 § 4 of the convention, to decide whether a member state”s failure to implement a judgment represents a further violation of the convention

On 25 October 2017, the Committee of Ministers adopted an interim resolution giving notice of its intention to refer Azerbaijan”s compliance with the Ilgar Mammadov judgment to the court and asking Azerbaijan to submit its views; these views were appended to the interim resolution adopted by the Committee of Ministers today.

 

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Premium Gas prices hit two-year high in Azerbaijan

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In Azerbaijan, on the evening of August 19, petrol Premium Euro-95 and Super Euro-98 became more expensive. At petrol stations of the country on Sunday evening, petrol Premium Euro-95 was sold at 1.50 manat, and Super Euro-98 – at 1.60 manat.

Prior to the increase, the price of these brands was 1.25 and 1.5 manat, respectively.

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New Mercedes Police Cars for Azerbaijani Police

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Dozens of new Mercedes C-class cars have been purchased for the traffic police of Azerbaijan.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class will possibly replace BMW 3 series Police vehicles.  These cars were first brought to Baku in November last year and were tested by police. It turns out that after the tests, the State Traffic Police decided to buy a large number of these cars.

The news already had a public outcry. Many Baku citizens complain that this is a clear sign of Corruption in the Government. They also complain that Police will possibly pay for these cars via increased traffic tickets and bribery through traffic police.

 

 

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Azerbaijan population comes close to 10 million

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Azerbaijan’s population reached 9,936,134 as of July 1, according to the State Statistical Committee, Azerbaijan State News Agency informs.

Official figures show that the number of the country’s population grew by 38,049 people since the beginning of the year.

The population density is 115 people per square kilometre, the committee said.

According to official figures, 52.9 per cent of the population lives in cities and towns, while 47.1 per cent in villages. 49.9 per cent of the population are men, and 50.1 per cent are women, according to the committee.

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