NGO FILES APPEAL AGAINST JUSTICE MINISTRY IN EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

February 22nd, 2010
The Legal Enlightenment of Sumgayit Youth (LESY) Public Union has sued Justice Ministry in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety was told this by Legal Enlightenment of Sumgayit Youth (LESY) President Elchin Mammad.

The appeal stems from the failure of local courts to fulfill NGO’s lawsuit regarding the refusal to punish the high-ranking official for not registering the NGO in years and to be paid 20 000 AZN in compensation.
The organization demands for the restoration of their rights that have been violated regarding these issues.

On 16 June, 2009, in the Azerbaijan Republic Supreme Court, under the chairmanship of Judge A.Aliyev, organization’s cassation complaint against the Justice Ministry was considered.
The plaintiff demanded that the decision adopted by the Appeals Court on 13 July, 2007 be annulled and asked to fulfill the lawsuit against the high-ranking official for failure to register the Legal Enlightenment of Sumgayit Youth (LESY) Public Union and to be paid 20 000 AZN in compensation.
The Supreme Court upheld the decision issued by the Appeals Court claiming that there were no serious bases to fulfill both lawsuits of LESY and they do not conform to the demands of the Civil Code of Azerbaijan Republic.
Although the Legal Enlightenment of Sumgayit Youth (LESY) Public Union appealed to the Justice Ministry to be registered for seven years, the rights of the organization were not fulfilled. Therefore, the Public Union appealed to court. On 2 February, 2008 the Yasamal District Court partially fulfilled LESY`s lawsuit and issued a decision to register the organization. However, the court did not fulfill the other half of the lawsuit that was asking to punish the high-ranking official for failure to register the Legal Enlightenment of Sumgayit Youth (LESY) Public Union and to be paid 20 000 AZN in compensation. After this, LESY continued its legal fight in other court instances. The Appeals Court upheld the decision of the local court and therefore LESY appealed to the Supreme Court with cassation complaint.