The second 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 co-operation were identified as priority: improving implementation of the European Conventions of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights 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.

The Council of Europe office in Baku plays an important role of co-ordinating and supporting project implementation on the ground.