Today, International Partnership for Human Rights filed a Rule 9.2 communication to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in the Muradova group of cases. The communication concerns the state of execution of a judgments in Muradova (no.22684/05), Mammadov (Jalaloglu) (no. 34445/04) and Mikayil Mammadov (no. 4762/05) v. Azerbaijan, with the first case dating back to April 2007. The cases all relate to issues of excessive use of force by the security forces and the state’s failure to effectively investigate allegations of illtreatment, torture and death in custody. The communication also looks into disproportionate use of force by police during demonstrations, including against journalists.
In the communication we urge the Committee of Ministers (CM) to scrutinize Azerbaijan’s actions in this group of cases on the basis of reports from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), as credible and now publicly available evidence indicating the systemic and endemic problem. As such practices continue on a wide scale to date, the CM should have this group of cases on its agenda at every human rights meeting until genuine progress by the authorities is proven.
Under Rule 9.2 National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have a possibility to report to the CM on the ECtHR case judgements. Considering that some of ECtHR judgments are not fully implemented, such communications allow civil society organisation to provide the Committee with a full picture on developments on the ground. Thus, they play an important role in the execution process.
Read the IPHR Rule 9.2 communication to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in the Muradova group of cases here.
You can see IPHR’s previous communications to the Committee of Ministers of the CoE here.