Azerbaijan became the 43th member state of the Council of Europe on 25 January 2001.

The Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Azerbaijan 2014-2016 was adopted on 16 April 2014 by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe . The Action Plan supports Azerbaijan in fulfilling its obligations as a Council of Europe member state in the areas of expertise of the Council of Europe – human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

The following areas for cooperation were identified as priority:  freedom of assembly; freedom of expression and media, freedom of association; reinforcement of good governance and fight against corruption; support to free and fair elections; prisoners’ rights and fight against impunity and ill-treatment; improving the efficiency of the judicial system and administration; application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR); local democracy;  co-operation against cybercrime; inter-cultural dialogue.