European Court opens communications on the case of murdered journalist Elmar Huseynov

 The European Court of Human Rights has opened communication on the case of the late journalist Elmar Huseynov, who was murdered on 2 March 2005. Huseynov had worked as the Editor-in-Chief of Monitor magazine. The application was submitted to the European Court of Human Rights back in February 2010 by the journalist’s wife, Rushaniyya Huseynova.



The European Court of Human Rights has sent an inquiry to the government of Azerbaijan, requesting that all the materials related to the criminal case be presented to the Court. One of the questions in the inquiry relates to the Azerbaijani government’s involvement in Elmar Huseynov’s murder. 



The application submits that the state has violated Articles 2 (right to life), 10 (freedom of expression) and 13 (right to an effective remedy) of the European Convention.


Elmar Huseynov was shot dead in front of his apartment on 2 March 2005. Ten years on, the perpetrators of the crime have not been found.

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