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August 14, 2004

CE monitors Azerbaijan’s commitments

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rapporteurs on Republic of Azerbaijan Andreas Gross (Switzerland) and Andreas Herkel (Estonia) visited Baku on August 4-9 to monitor Azerbaijan´s compliance with the commitments made to the CE upon its admission. They are also expected to prepare a report upon completion of their visit to be heard by the CE Monitoring Committee in September. (14 August 2004)

August 14, 2004

US State Department concerned over evicted Juma Mosque

The statement released by the State Department says that eviction of the Mosque community and attempts to the keep the leadership under state control are not justifiable according to international human rights law, or the OSCE principles. (14 August 2004)

August 7, 2004

Baku hosts “Human Rights Summer School”

The Republic of Azerbaijan Young Lawyers’ Union (AYLU) is a non-governmental and non-profit youth organization, which includes about 150 law students, masters and young practicing lawyers. AYLU targets to reinforce human rights situation through promotion and research of human rights, and conduction of workshops and seminars on legal awareness for civilians.  AYLU intends to start a human rights school in Baku on 9-20 August. (07 August 2004)

August 5, 2004

Azerbaijan: Press Freedom Undermined, reads HRW report

Influential international organisation Human Rights Watch issued its nex t report about situation with freedom of press in the Republic of Azerbaijan in a period of presidential elections of 2003 and the period after. “Azerbaijani government should act now to stop the deterioration of press freedom underway since the October presidential elections”, Human Rights Watch said in its 18 pages of report yesterday. (05 August 2004)

July 31, 2004

AVHRC concerned on suppression on freedom of expression in Azerbaijan

The Baku-based human rights organization “Against Violence” Human Rights Center (AVHRC), which primarily monitors the cases of violence, harassment and torture throughout the country, on Friday appealed to Azerbaijan’s law enforcement bodies to find out and punish the perpetrators of the last assaults on two opposition-minded journalists. (31 July 2004)

July 31, 2004

Media society appeals to Azerbaijani President

Azerbaijan’s local media groups and rights advocates on Wednesday appealed to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to help find and punish perpetrators of the recent attacks on two opposition-minded journalists and also prevent such cases from happening in the future. (30 July 2004) 

July 31, 2004

CE to aid reforms in Azerbaijan

Reforms in the judicial and law enforcement areas and ensuring transparency of elections will be one of the priorities of the cooperation between Republic of Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe. General Director of the Council of Europe Strategic Planning Department Jean-Louis Laurens visited Baku last week to discuss prospects for cooperation between Republic of Azerbaijan and the CE. (30 July 2004)

July 31, 2004

Norwegian embassy rejects accusations of project suspension

The project on clearance of oil-polluted areas in Baku suburbs implemented with financial assistance by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry has been suspended, Norwegian Ambassador to Republic of Azerbaijan Steinar Gil told a news conference on Thursday. (30 July 2004)

July 31, 2004

Soros Fund to implement new information program in Azerbaijan

The Soros Foundation jointly with the UN Development Program and the government of Republic of Azerbaijan will implement the next stage of the information program, Samir Aliverdiyev, the program head has told a news conference. (30 July 2004)