Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Azerbaijan Fails To Comply With ECHR Decision

Posted by Info on 03/03/2011

The Azerbaijani authorities reject every criticism in connection with Fatullaev’s case.
The International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) refuses to pay the monetary compensation in the amount of 27,880 euros to the imprisoned journalists Einullah Fatullaev, due to him in accordance with the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

Emin Fatullaev, Einullah’s father could not receive the compensation because the money was transferred to the account of the newspaper “Gyundelik Azerbaijan” headed by Einullah Fatullaev; however, the account was blocked under the court verdict of 2007. In November 2010 this verdict was cancelled under decision of the ECtHR. Nevertheless, the journalist was not paid the compensation under the pretext that the money was transferred to the arrested account of the edition.

Lawyer Sadygov described the actions of the IBA as “unwillingness of the authorities” to pay the compensation established by the ECtHR, which is non-execution of decisions of the Strasbourg Court and violation of the Azerbaijani commitments before the Council of Europe (CoE).

The international group of journalists and human rights organizations has reiterated its call upon the CoE’s Committee of Ministers to demand, at its session on March 8-10, from the Azerbaijani government to immediately release Fatullaev from his imprisonment.

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