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IPHR and partners filed Rule 9.2 communication concerning Namazov v Azerbaijan group of cases 
IPHR and partners filed Rule 9.2 communication concerning Namazov v Azerbaijan group of cases 

European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), Law Society of England and Wales, International Partnership for Human Rights, and Independent Lawyers Network lodged submissions pursuant to Rule 9(2) of the Committee of Ministers’ Rules for the Supervision of the Execution of Judgments in respect of the Namazov group, consisting of three cases:

  • Namazov v Azerbaijan (Appl. no. 74354/13)
  • Aslan Ismayilov v Azerbaijan (Appl. no. 18498/15)
  • Bagirov v Azerbaijan (Appl. no. 81024/12)

This document builds upon the Rule 9(2) submission of EHRAC, IPHR and ILN sent on 20 October 2022. It includes updates on both individual and general measures, as well as recommendations aimed at the Government of Azerbaijan and/or the Azerbaijani Bar Association (ABA), covering the lawyers’s disbarment; the inadequacy of legislative and other regulatory framework relating to the legal profession and ABA’s operation; violations of procedural guarantees of lawyers subjected to disciplinary proceedings; and need to strengthen institutional independence of ABA and its growing control over the legal profession.

Submission calls for a zero-tolerance approach to physical attacks against lawyers, effective investigation of all credible accounts of harassment of lawyers, and need for prompt and confidential access to a qualified and independent legal assistance for persons deprived of their liberty.

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