By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijan and the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe are still expecting Yerevan to execute the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on the “Chiragov and Others v. Armenia” case, Chingiz Asgarov, Azerbaijan’s permanent representative to the European Court of Human Rights, said on May 15.
He made the remarks at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group in Geneva.
Asgarov recalled that in 2015, the ECHR delivered judgment on the case of six Azerbaijani internally displaced persons against Armenia, in which it acknowledged the ongoing occupation of a part of Azerbaijan’s territories by Armenia.
The ECHR acknowledged violations of the six plaintiffs’ property rights, the right to respect for private and family life and the right to an effective remedy of the plaintiffs.
Asgarov noted that the execution of the ECHR judgments play an important role in securing the international commitments of Azerbaijan.
“There is not a single case of Azerbaijan’s disrespect to the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights,” he said.
Asgarov further stressed that Azerbaijan also attaches special importance to the development of ethnic and religious tolerance.
“Measures to ensure the rights of national minorities are also one of the main priorities of our government. The rights of ethnic minorities, including their right to education, are ensured. Freedom of speech and media are also among the priorities of the government,” he said.
Asgarov added that significant progress has been made in ensuring freedom of assembly.
“Peaceful rallies of groups of people with different opinions have been continuously held in the capital and other regions of Azerbaijan. No violent incidents were recorded during the rallies,” he said.
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