10 October 2012. The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan has made a coalition submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Azerbaijan, for consideration at the 16th session of the UN working group in April/May 2013.
The IPGA is concerned that the human rights situation in Azerbaijan has continued to deteriorate significantly since the first UPR in 2009. In light of the alarming current state of freedom of expression in the country, the IPGA seeks to contribute constructively to the UPR process.
The coalition submission emphasises that the Azerbaijani government has failed to implement a number of the recommendations it accepted in the first cycle of the UPR. In particular, the submission examines the following key freedom of expression issues:
- Failure to protect the right to life of journalists
- Impunity for violence against journalists
- Violations of the right to private life
- Politically motivated arrests and imprisonment
- Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
- Legislative restrictions on freedom of expression
- Restrictions on freedom of expression online
- State control of the media
The submission makes a number of recommendations which focus on Azerbaijan’s compliance with its international human rights obligations in respect to freedom of expression. To read the submission in full, please click here.
The IPGA submission was prepared by a coalition of international and national NGOs, led by ARTICLE 19 and with input from:
- Association for Progressive Communications
- Freedom Now
- Baku-based Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety
- Baku-based Media Rights Institute
This submission is also endorsed by:
- Committee to Protect Journalists
- Freedom House
- Human Rights House Foundation
- Index on Censorship
- Institute for War and Peace Reporting
- Media Diversity Institute
- Norwegian Helsinki Committee
- PEN International
- Reporters Without Borders
- World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
- Baku-based Human Rights Club
Photo courtesy of the United Nations.