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

The Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Azerbaijan 2018-2021 was adopted on 17 October 2018 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: improving implementation of the ECHR and the ECtHR case law at the national level and strengthening mechanisms of execution of judgments of the national courts; improving the criminal justice system; increasing effectiveness, accountability and transparency of the judiciary and the prosecution service; improving detention conditions; enhancing information security and personal data protection; improving women’s access to justice; strengthening the capacities of the anti-corruption and anti-money laundering bodies; enhancing dialogue between government and civil society institutions; strengthening youth participation and building capacities for human rights and citizenship education with young people; building capacities of mass media.