Baku, October 25, AZERTAC
“Application of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on national level and the role of national judges” international conference has ended in Baku.
Co-organized by Azerbaijan`s Supreme Court and the Council of Europe, the conference was attended by judges and the President of the European Court of Human Rights, more than 60 judges and chairmen of constitutional, supreme, supreme administrative and other courts of the Council of Europe member states and other countries, senior officials at the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, as well as judges, prosecutors, justice officials, lawyers and human rights experts.
The second day of the conference started with the session titled “Dialogue between judges within the Convention system”. Moderator Mikhail Lobov, Head of the Human Rights Policy and Development Department, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe, highlighted the agenda of the session.
Speakers included Michael O`Boyle, deputy Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights, Morten Ruud, chairperson of the GDR Committee, Council of Europe, and Herdis Thorgeirsdottir, chairperson of the sub-committee on fundamental rights of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission).
The speeches were followed by discussions involving director of the section at the Department for Coordination of Law Enforcement Agencies at the Administration of the Azerbaijani President Chingiz Asgarov. Mr. Asgarov stressed the importance of the Protocol No. 16 to the Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, saying Azerbaijan has already started internal procedure to join the document.
Judge of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Azerbaijan Khanlar Hajiyev noted that exchange of opinions and dialogue are very important. “We were seeing application of convention in any reference of it when I was working as a judge in 1995. We should try not to apply the convention mechanically. I hope that significant progress will be observed in the improvement of the law”.
Chairman of the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan Ramiz Rzayev said he thinks that approving the supremacy of law depends on judges. “Without our decent activity, the human rights system will not be fully restored and the judicial system will be broken. Protection of human rights demands daily hard work.”
Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe Philippe Boillat stressed the importance of the conference, and thanked the Azerbaijani government for hospitality.
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