European Union External Action

Ilgar Mammadov's complaint to the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan

Bruxelles, 19/11/2016 - 22:16, UNIQUE ID: 161119_2
Statements by the Spokesperson

Statement by the Spokesperson on Ilgar Mammadov's complaint to the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan

The negative ruling by the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan on an appeal from opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov runs counter to the 2014 judgement by the European Court of Human Rights on his case.

The European Union has been following Mr Mammadov's case closely and was present for yesterday's court proceedings, together with other international observers. The EU has raised this case at every opportunity, such as during the visit of the High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini, to Baku on 29 February and as part of recent positive discussions with Azerbaijan on Justice, Freedom, Security, Human Rights and Democracy, which resumed on 12-13 October 2016.

We call on Azerbaijan to uphold its obligations as a member of the Council of Europe and to meet its commitments taken under the European Convention on Human Rights, to comply with judgements of the Court of Human Rights and to release Mr Mammadov.