Friday Wrap-up: Aliyev and Pashinyan meet Putin, detainees in protest and ECHR fine

The week of November 29 to December 3 saw the leaders from Azerbaijan and Armenia reunited with the Russian president, arrests in a protest demanding Saleh Rustamov’s release and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) fining Azerbaijan.

An artist’s interpretation of the protest in favor of Saleh Rustamov. Illustration: Meydan TV

The week of November 29 to December 3 saw the leaders from Azerbaijan and Armenia reunited with the Russian president, arrests in a protest demanding Saleh Rustamov’s release and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) fining Azerbaijan.

Aliyev, Pashinyan, Putin: meeting in Sochi

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met in Sochi on November 26.

Bilateral and trilateral meetings were held between the parties and Putin. The Azerbaijani and the Armenian leaders made a commitment to delimit and demarcate the borders between both countries in a near future. Additionally, a tripartite commission has been established at the level of deputy prime ministers of the three countries.

Aliyev and Pashinyan have another meeting scheduled on December 15, as part of the Eastern Partnership Summit held by the Council of Europe.

Protesters sentenced after manifestation for the release of Saleh Rustamov

On December 1, an attempt was made to protest for the release of Saleh Rustamov in Baku’s Fountain Park. Around 40 people were detained during it, most of them were later released .

However, the Sabail District Court convicted 4 participants of the rally. They are members of the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party and public activists. All of them were charged by violating the quarantine rules and were sentenced to up to 30 days in prison.

Saleh Rustamov is an old Azerbaijan Popular Front Party member. He was arrested in 2018 and has been in a hunger strike for almost a month now.

ECHR rules for compensation in the Election Monitoring Center case

The European Court of Human Rights decided that the Azerbaijani government should pay a compensation to Anar Mammadli and Bashir Suleymanli in the Election Monitoring Center case.

The applicants complained about the illegality of the delay in the state registration of the Center and its subsequent cancelation. Mammadly and Suleymanli tried to register it in the Ministry of Justice six times between 2006 and 2008. Even though the registration was finally conceded in February 2008, it was revoked after 2 months over allegations of irregularities.

Once the decision is final, the government must pay the applicants 4,500 euros in non-pecuniary damage, 1,500 euros in legal costs and 600 euros in other costs

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