Today, 29 October, in the Supreme Court’s Plenum, the new case on the decision by the European Court of Human Rights against Azerbaijan was heard. The case is about the Azerbaijani Government not allowing registration for the “Azerbaijan Lawyers’ Forum,” whereas the ECHR recognized this as a violation of the right to association. Intigam Aliyev,
The Law Enlightenment Society’s leader and one of the founders of “Azerbaijan Lawyers’ Forum,” told this to the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety. According to Aliyev, the Supreme Court’s Plenum decided to send the case to the Appellate Court. I.Aliyev added that the representatives of the society were not allowed to take part in the meeting.
In March 2004, one group of ALF (Intigam Aliyev, Ayyub Karimov, Vidadi Mirkamal, Ennagi Hajibeyli, Namized Seferov, Reshid Hajili, Alovset Aliyev, Shahbaz Khuduoglu, Farman Huseynov and Akif Alizade) appealed to the Yasamal District Court regarding the violation of right to association, which is envisaged in 11th article of the Convention about the protection of human rights and freedoms. First the Yasamal district court (judge Svetlana Ismayilova), and then Appellate Court (judges Ismayil Veliyev, Ilgar Demirov, and Tatyana Goldman), and Supreme Court (judges Gunesh Khudaverdiyeva, Bagir Esedov and Esed Mirzeliyev) adopted decisions justifying the Justice Ministry’s violation. The applicants’ complaints to the Supreme Court’s Plenum also did not give any positive result. Supreme Court Chairman R.Rzayev told the lawyers that the decisions of the courts on this case are founded.
The lawyers sent the complaint to the European Court of Human Rights on 26 July, 2005 after exhausting the country’s means of defense. ECHR issued a decision on 12 December, 2008 stating that the right to association, which is envisaged in 11th article of the Convention, was violated.