December 30, 2006

Some statistics for 2006

At the end of 2006 there were released some official figures concerning the activities of the Ministry of Justice and Milli Mejlis (the National Parliament). According to the statistics, there are totally over 2,300 registered NGO-s and 2,800 mass media outlets in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Milli Mejlis adopted 154 laws and took 21 decisions in 2006 and according to the Speaker of the Parliament Ogtay Asadov (on the right) “This year parliament completely fulfilled its legislative function reflected in the constitution”. (30-DEC-06)

December 29, 2006

National plan of action for human rights protection

On the 28-th of December, President Ilham Aliyev issued a decree to approve national plan of actions for human rights protection. Preamble of the decree reads that the plan has been adopted with the purpose to continue reforms in field of human rights, to bring national standard acts in this field in full correspondence with international standards, to improve state agencies’ activities from viewpoint of human rights, to expand legal education of population and develop relationships between state and civil society. (29-DEC-06)

December 29, 2006

Turan information agency: 10 most important events of 2006

The analytical service of Turan Agency, determined 10 most important events of 2006. The list includes the first official visit of Ilham Aliyev to USA, activity start of Baku-Tbilisi-Jeykhan pipeline as well as closure of ANS broadcasting and expel of Azadlig party and several mass media outlets from the building at Khagani 33. (29-DEC-06)

December 28, 2006

The State Duma rejected Human Rights Court plan

On December, 20th the State Duma refused to ratify the Protocol 14 for changes in the European Court of Human Rights, aimed at increasing the efficiency of European Court’s of Human Rights work. The Protocol would help to decrease a number of unconsidered cases and a period for preparing a ruling as well. (28-DEC-06)

December 28, 2006

Russia slows the European Court’s Human Rights work

On December, 20th the State Duma of Russia refused to ratify the Protocol 14 for changes in the European Court of Human Rights. The Protocol is aimed at increasing the efficiency of European Court’s of Human Rights work and was ratified by all countries – members of the European Union – except the Russian Federation. The Protocol would help to decrease a number of unconsidered cases and the period for preparing a ruling as well. However without ratification of the Protocol by the Russian Federation the document won’t come into force. (28-DEC-06)

December 26, 2006

Local awards for human rights activity

The “Institute of Human Rights and Civil Stance,” a local NGO in the Republic of Azerbaijan, determined people who distinguished themselves in the field of human rights and building a civil society in 2006, most of the recipients were members of the press. “The freedom of speech and freedom of the media situations are getting worse. However, despite of human rights violations, the number of people struggling for citizens´ rights and freedoms is growing”, said the director of the Institute Ilgar Ibrahimoglu (on the right). (26-DEC-06)

December 23, 2006

Political parties in search of new strategies

The oppositional political parties started to propose alternative methods to influence the negative processes in the public-political life of the country. The “Azadlig” bloc discusses its temporary suspension, while the ADP plans to initiate the joint “national forum” to start the dialogue with the government. (23-DEC-06)

December 21, 2006

Hunger strike temporarily stopped

The students of Independent University stopped the long-lasting hunger strike for a while. This protest action is temporarily suspended for a big pressure of national and international community because of the sharp deterioration of students’ health state. The court on the case still continues. (21-DEC-06)

December 21, 2006

Turkmenistan’s president dead

Turkmenistan’s president Saparmurat Niyazov died this morning. He has been responsible for one of the most repressive regimes in the world. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) expresses in their press release today that they hope that the tyrant’s death will at last create a window of opportunity for the Turkmen people to freely elect a new leader and create a society where the respect for fundamental human rights is reinstated. (21-DEC-06)