Baku office news

Ensuring diversity and inclusiveness: a coordination meeting in Baku with Young European Ambassadors

19 March 2024 Baku, Azerbaijan

The representatives of the Office of the Council of Europe (CoE) in Baku convened a meeting with six Azerbaijani Young European Ambassadors (YEAs), students, young professionals and civil society members,who completed cross-regional online training session sand an in-person training on promoting...

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Artificial Intelligence - Bridging the Equality Gap

Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić ahead of International Women’s Day

7 March 2024 Strasbourg, France

“More and more, AI is giving shape to the world we live in - our job prospects, our health-care outcomes, our access to benefits and services. The list of areas affected by AI is long and is growing. Unless we learn how to harness the potential of AI to bridge inequalities - including gender...

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New national studies on women's access to justice in the Eastern Partnership countries available

23 February 2024 Strasbourg, France

Policy-makers, judges, prosecutors, legal professionals, as well as representatives of academia and civil society can now benefit from updated national studies “Barriers, remedies and good practices on women’s access to justice” for Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine. The...

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A Guide to Data Protection and Privacy

23 February 2024 Baku, Azerbaijan

A Guide to Data Protection and Privacy has been prepared by international and national experts and aims to familiarise readers with the key features of data protection regimes in the Council of Europe and the European Union with reference to national data protection regulations. While it is not...

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Young European Ambassadors sending a loud and clear message from Budapest: Say NO to hatred!


More than 50 Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) got introduced to methods on how to effectively address hate speech and discrimination. This will enable the YEAs to make a difference in their communities through the promotion of equality and diversity, ultimately contributing to combating hate...

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Azerbaijani authorities examine techniques to prevent and combat money laundering schemes associated with new payment methods

29-30 NOVEMBER 2023 Baku, Azerbaijan

The landscape of the traditional financial system continues to change with the rise of crypto assets. This drives the crucial need for further enhancement of the investigation and prosecution against the increasingly sophisticated money laundering schemes employed by criminals to obfuscate the...

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National authorities in Azerbaijan strengthen capacities towards effective implementation of targeted financial sanctions


Targeted financial sanctions is a key tool to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism and proliferation. Azerbaijan has enhanced their efforts in this area, by adopting a new law on targeted financial sanctions and developing guidelines for its effective implementation. In view of...

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Consultations carried out on data collection and digitalisation of the mediation system in Azerbaijan

17 January 2024 Baku, Azerbaijan

On 9 January 2024, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) conducted a meeting via videoconference with the representatives of the Mediation Council, Ministry of Justice, and Academy of Justice to present the “Assessment report on data collection and digitalisation of the...

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National stakeholders discuss results and next actions of the anti-corruption and anti-money laundering project in Azerbaijan

7 December 2023 Baku, Azerbaijan

The second Steering Committee meeting of the project “Preventing and fighting economic crime in Azerbaijan” took place on 7 December 2023. The project is part of the joint European Union and Council of Europe’s Partnership for Good Governance programme. The meeting endeavoured to present and...

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Training on promoting equality and non-discrimination for civil society representatives in Azerbaijan

19-20 December 2023 Baku, Azerbaijan

Civil society representatives, young legal professionals and volunteers from Baku and three regions of Azerbaijan, were trained on standards and tools of the Council of Europe promoting equality and non-discrimination. This training, through a collaborative learning platform for interactive...

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council of europe news

Statement by Dominique Hasler, President of the Committee of Ministers and Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

How the Istanbul Convention is saving lives

24 November 2023 Strasbourg, France

As we approach the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, sobering statistics remind us of the urgent need to stop this violence, and a landmark treaty is proving increasingly successful to do just that: the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating...

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Azerbaijani students tackled digital media literacy and disinformation

9 November 2023 Strasbourg, France

In Azerbaijan, the Council of Europe has organised a three-day training programme to show journalist students how they can use the standards of the Organisation to improve the quality of journalism by analysing the accuracy of what they see and read online on television and in newspapers every...

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Mission to Azerbaijan on the execution of the European Court's judgments

11 September 2023 Baku, Azerbaijan

On 4 and 5 September, the Director of Human Rights and the Department for the Execution of Judgments carried out a mission to Baku. Fruitful exchanges were held with the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prosecutor General’s...

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Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

Secretary General 2 August 2023 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, made the following statement: “Today, we commemorate European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day and pay tribute to the 3,000 Roma – mainly women and children – who were...

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Nagorno-Karabakh: PACE President urges dialogue and fact-finding mission to Azerbaijan

PACE 31 July 2023 Strasbourg

Tiny Kox, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), issued the following statement today: "Given the further deterioration of the humanitarian and human rights situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, I recall the Assembly’s request of 20 June, to the Committee of...

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Azerbaijan: concerns about the disproportionate use of force by police during environmental protests and restrictions to the work of human rights defenders, lawyers, and journalists

24 July Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan, Vilayat Eyvazov, published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, raises concerns about the recent dispersal of environmental protests and the arrests of participants in the Soyudlu...

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Azerbaijan: Council of Europe’s commission against racism and intolerance notes progress, but says inflammatory rhetoric and hate speech should be tackled

21 June 2023 Strasbourg, France

Over the past seven years, Azerbaijan has developed good practices in education and migrant integration, but more needs to be done in the fields of legislation and tackling hate speech, says the Council of Europe anti-racism body ECRI in its report published today (see also the Azeri version of...

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PACE monitors, ending visit: issues of serious concern persist in Azerbaijan despite some steps taken to meet Council of Europe commitments

14 June 2023 Strasbourg, France

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Azerbaijan, ending a five-day visit to the country (3-7 June 2023), have taken note of a number of steps by the authorities to meet their obligations and commitments to the Council of Europe,...

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Council of Europe anti-trafficking body urges Azerbaijan to better identify victims of human trafficking and improve their access to compensation and other remedies

6 June 2023

In a new report the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings assesses developments since the publication of GRETA’s second evaluation report on Azerbaijan in November 2018 as regards the implementation of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action...

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Heads of State and Government agree to strengthen Council of Europe, ensure accountability for Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, and support victims

17 May 2023 REYKJAVIK

At the Council of Europe Summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, Heads of State and Government of the organisation’s 46 member states have decided to establish a Register of damage caused by the Russian Federation’s aggression as a first step towards an international compensation mechanism. The leaders...

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