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Azerbaijan: brochure on myths and facts on the Istanbul Convention

2 December 2022 Baku, Azerbaijan

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention, aims to ensure all women can live a life free from violence. Nevertheless, many misconceptions still exist about its aim and objectives. This new brochure...

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CEPEJ mission to the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan to assess the case management, processing of cases and e-filing

25 November 2022 Baku, Azerbaijan

From 23 to 25 November, the European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ) conducted an experts’ mission in Baku with the aim to assess the work efficiency of the Supreme Court. A report with recommendations on the improvement of the case management, processing of cases and e-filing...

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How is the European Court of Human Rights linking its case law with the Istanbul Convention? New video in Azerbaijani

25 November 2022 Baku, Azerbaijan

Through its case law, the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) has developed women’s rights and protected women against discrimination in different contexts. This documentary shows how the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence,...

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Multi-agency cooperation in Azerbaijan

3-4 November 2022 Azerbaijan

Over the course of two days, on 3 and 4 November 2022, 15 participants were provided with essential tools to draft a multi-agency cooperation plan for combating violence against women and domestic violence. These sessions follow the two initial sessions that took place in October. Participants...

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Media and information literacy month for Azerbaijani journalists and social media influencers concluded in October 2022

15 November 2022 Azerbaijan

In October 2022, the Council of Europe wrapped up its media and information literacy and conflict-sensitive training month with a series of capacity-building sessions delivered for young Azerbaijani journalists and social media influencers. The two-day in-presence training on “Data and...

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Aligning Azerbaijani laws and policies with international standards on violence against women and domestic violence

25 October 2022 Baku, Azerbaijan

The project Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan has coordinated a gap analysis of the legislative and policy frameworks in the field of violence against women and domestic violence in Azerbaijan by comparing them with international...

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Launching of a new Council of Europe Project

21 October 2022 Baku, Azerbaijan

The Council of Europe launched a new cooperation project "Support for the improvement of the execution of the European Court judgments by Azerbaijan" on 21 October 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The project aims at developing capacity of national justice stakeholders to enhance the implementation of...

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What does multi-agency cooperation mean in Azerbaijan?

14 October 2022 Baku, Azerbaijan

No single agency or institution can address violence against women and domestic violence alone. This fundamental idea, which is enshrined in the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), is the focus of four...

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European Day of Languages and the first Literature Night in Baku, 26 September 2022

27 September 2022 Baku, Azerbaijan

On 26 September, Embassies and cultural institutes of 16 European Union and Council of Europe Member States in cooperation with Azerbaijani partners marked the 2022 European Day of Languages by organizing public reading of poems and short stories in various European languages and the translations...

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Roundtable presentation of a gap analysis of policy and legislation on violence against women in Azerbaijan

16 September 2022 Baku, Azerbaijan

On 4 July 2022, the project “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan” presented a gap analysis of Azerbaijani legislative and policy frameworks in line with Council of Europe and other international standards in the field of violence against...

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Barnahus model helps children who suffered sexual abuse from feeling like victims for a second time, say Council of Europe leaders

Council of Europe 17 November 2022 Strasbourg

Ahead of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse marked on 18 November, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić and Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe,...

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Strengthening capacities for ensuring equality in Azerbaijan by getting acquainted with relevant Council of Europe standards and mechanisms

27-28/09/2022 Strasbourg, France

The study visit of Azerbaijani Ombudsperson Office to Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg took place on 27 and 28 September 2022. Meetings organised within this occasion covered various Council of Europe standards and activities under the antidiscrimination umbrella, including the work...

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5th Round Evaluation visit to Azerbaijan (Baku, 26-30 September 2022)

30 September 2022 Baku, Azerbaijan

A delegation comprising four GRECO evaluators (Germany, Poland, Serbia and Sweden) and two members of the Secretariat visited Baku from 26 to 30 September 2022 to carry out the evaluation of Azerbaijan in the framework of GRECO's 5th evaluation round. The topics covered were the prevention of...

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Networking for quality in non-formal education

3 October 2022 Baku, Azerbaijan

A seminar for trainers and youth workers involved in non-formal education in Azerbaijan was organised in Baku from 28 to 30 September 2022 under the title “Common grounds for networking for non-formal education”. The activity fostered exchange between youth workers and trainers and encourage the...

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Committee of Ministers profoundly concerned by lack of progress in implementing ECHR judgments on criminal persecution of government critics in Azerbaijan

Committee of Ministers 23 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has strongly urged the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately restore the rights of human rights activists and government critics, as required by the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The Committee adopted an Interim Resolution...

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Hostilities around Armenian-Azerbaijan border: statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

SECRETARY GENERAL 13 September 2022 Strasbourg

“Reports of escalating armed hostilities around the Armenian-Azerbaijani border are very alarming. Disagreements between Council of Europe member States must be resolved peacefully through negotiations. Recent direct contacts between the highest authorities of both countries were promising and...

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Azerbaijan’s authorities should immediately release human right lawyer Elchin Sadykov and journalist Avaz Zeynalli - Commissioner Mijatović

13 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

Azerbaijan’s authorities should immediately release human right lawyer Elchin Sadykov and journalist Avaz Zeynalli and stop intimidating and harassing civil society activists and independent media actors "The arrest last Saturday in Baku of human rights lawyer Elchin Sadykov and his client, Avaz...

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Statement on the occasion of the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

29 August 2022 Strasbourg, France

“The large number of people who have been reportedly forcibly disappeared in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s invasion in February is alarming. This abhorrent practice must stop”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović ahead of this year’s International Day of...

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Conference on Freedom of Association on 13 September 2022

Save the date! Venice Commission (under the auspices of the Irish Presidency) and ODIHR, is organizing a conference on Freedom of Association named “CIVIL SOCIETY: EMPOWERMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY” to be held on September 13, 2022. This event will last all day and will be divided into 2 parts. It...

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Council of Europe and UNHCR: anyone fleeing war or persecution has the right to seek safety and protection

Council of Europe 20 June 2022 Strasbourg

On the occasion of World Refugee Day on 20 June 2022, the Council of Europe and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) emphasise that anyone fleeing war, conflict or persecution or risking violence, abuse or exploitation, has the right to seek safety and protection. Almost four months into the war in...

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