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Azerbaijan

The Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS) believes that the authorities failed to address shortcomings of the Election Code despite the repeated calls and recommendations of domestic organizations, the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and the OSCE/ODIHR.

Azerbaijan

The Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS) prepared a report on the situation of human rights in Azerbaijan covering the year 2018 based on publicly available and alternative sources of information. Their conclusion is that there has not been any progress in the situation of human rights in Azerbaijan in 2018.

Azerbaijan

Although declaring early election is in line with the Constitution and the Election Code of the country, it is against the principles of democratic constitutionalism and periodicity of elections.

Azerbaijan

EPDE member EMDS notes with regret that the Government of Azerbaijan has taken steps towards restricting freedom of expression on the internet and criminalizing unauthorized assemblies.

Azerbaijan

On September 26, 2016 Azerbaijan held a hastily called, and controversial, referendum. EPDE has monitored the conduct of international election observer missions.

Azerbaijan

Due to shortcomings in situation of democracy and political freedoms prior to and during the Referendum, including the voting day, the Referendum failed to meet requirements of election legislation and international commitments.

Azerbaijan

Оn 26 September 2016 Azerbaijan will hold a referendum which proposes to amend 29 articles of the Constitution.

Azerbaijan

On 17 March, Anar Mammadli, EPDE board member and the Director of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS), based in Baku, Azerbaijan, was pardoned by the president Aliev along with a number of high profile political prisoners. 

Azerbaijan

A significant number of international observation missions registered for the recent Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan have violated international standards of election observation. 

Azerbaijan

EMDS received credible allegations that voters providing signatures in favor of registration of opposition candidates faced wide-spread pressure and intimidation and in number of occasions withdrew their signatures.

Azerbaijan

On 21 and 22 September a PACE delegation consisting of the delegates Jordi Xuclà, Aleksandar Nikoloski, Egemen Bagis and Agustín Conde visited Azerbaijan for a pre-electoral mission.