Mondelinge verklaring voor UPR outcome
25 september 2018

Mondelinge verklaring voor UPR outcome

Azerbaijan

Op 20 september 2018 heeft Lawyers for Lawyers een mondelinge verklaring afgelegd tijdens de 39e zitting van de VN-Mensenrechtenraad. Tijdens deze zitting werd het Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcome report, het rapport met aanbevelingen, van Azerbeidzjan geadopteerd. Voor deze UPR-sessie had Lawyers for Lawyers eerder al een NGO rapportage ingediend.

Lees de volledige tekst van de verklaring hier:

Mr President,

Lawyers for Lawyers welcomes the decision of Azerbaijan to accept some of the recommendations relating to the rights of lawyers, made at its 3rdUPR. We call on Azerbaijan to effectively implement these recommendations without delay.

Protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms requires effective access to legal services provided by an independent legal profession. Fundamental to improving human rights for the people in Azerbaijan is a justice system that allows lawyers to work independently without fear of harassment or intimidation.

According to our information, lawyers in Azerbaijan working on sensitive cases are sometimes the subject of intimidation, harassment or other improper interference in their work. Lawyers who have publicly expressed concerns about possible human rights violations of their clients, face disbarment or other disciplinary measures by the Bar Association of Azerbaijan.

Bar associations have a vital role to play in protecting their members from persecution and improper restrictions and infringements. We are concerned that the Azerbaijan Bar Association reportedly suffers from institutional weaknesses and does not operate as an independent self-governing institution. Constituent bodies of the Bar Association are under the direct influence of the authorities and appear to have insufficient leeway to carry out their functions in an independent manner.

We therefore urge Azerbaijan to take immediate measures to ensure that sufficient safeguards are in place to guarantee the full independence of lawyers and their effective protection against any form of undue interference in their work, including their disbarment or other disciplinary actions on improper grounds.

In particular, we urge Azerbaijan to revoke the decision to suspend or disbar lawyers Khalid Bagirov, Elchin Namazov, Aslan Ismayilov, Muzaffar Bakhishov, Alaif Hasanov, Yalchin Imanov, Nemat Karimli, Asabali Mustafayev and recently Irada Javadova.

Een PDF – versie van de verklaring is hier beschikbaar.  Een video van de verklaring kan hier worden bekeken:

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