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Armenia and Azerbaijan: effective human rights protection of all persons affected by the conflict over the Karabakh region is key to the success of the peace process

12/01/2024 Strasbourg

“Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities should ensure focus on human rights protection in their peace talks and establish strong human rights safeguards for all persons affected by the conflict”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, as she published her...

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Country visit

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights concludes her visit to Armenia and Azerbaijan with a focus on the human rights situation of people affected by the conflict in and around the Karabakh region

26/10/2023 Strasbourg

“Human rights violations have again marked the last chapter of the long conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in and around the Karabakh region. Full respect for human rights of all and strict adherence to relevant international standards should be now placed at the centre of the path towards...

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Visit to Armenia and Azerbaijan

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Armenia and Azerbaijan

16/10/2023 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, will visit Armenia and Azerbaijan, including the Karabakh region, from 16 to 23 October 2023 with a focus on the human rights situation of people affected by the conflict. The Commissioner will hold meetings with State...

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Statement

Ensure the safety and human rights of Karabakh Armenians

02/10/2023 Strasbourg

I have been closely following the rapidly-changing situation in and around the Karabakh region. Following Azerbaijan’s recent military action and its subsequent control over the region, as of 1 October 2023, 100,483 Karabakh Armenians, including families, older people and other vulnerable groups,...

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Statement

Karabakh region: End the military escalation and ensure the safety and human rights of civilians

20/09/2023 Strasbourg

“I deplore the renewed military escalation around the Karabakh region and its impact on civilians, especially on the most vulnerable”, said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. “Over the past years, as noted in my 2021 Memorandum, the local population has...

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Statement

Restore free movement along the Lachin Corridor and ensure the rapid and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian assistance in Nagorno-Karabakh

28/08/2023 Strasbourg

“I remain seriously concerned about the humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and the human rights of its population following the blocking of the road running through the Lachin Corridor since December 2022. I reiterate the call I made at that time to restore free movement along that road”...

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Letter

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

24/07/2023 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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Statement

Azerbaijan's authorities should release activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev and give him full access to medical care

03/02/2023 Strasbourg

The arrest and ongoing detention of Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, a prominent civil society activist in Azerbaijan, provides yet another illustration of the government’s intolerance towards independent civic activism in the country. Like many other activists, human rights defenders and journalists, Mr...

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Statement

Movement along the Lachin Corridor should be restored as a matter of urgency to prevent a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

22/12/2022 Strasbourg

“I have been closely following the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh following the blocking of the road running through the Lachin Corridor since 12 December. I am concerned that the prolonged disruption in the movement of people, preventing some from reaching their homes, and in access to...

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Statement

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

13/09/2022 Strasbourg

The arrest last Saturday in Baku of human rights lawyer Elchin Sadykov and his client, Avaz Zeynalli, journalist, illustrates once again the hostile environment which civil society activists and independent media professionals face in Azerbaijan. Mr Sadykov is a well-known human right defender...

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