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29 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 32460)  

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Title Training seminar for media lawyers and human rights defenders on the case law concerning Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights 
Status Completed 
Date 19/04/2011 - 20/04/2011 
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Countries CoE Members: Azerbaijan
  Joint Programme Activity - SC-MLD-MEDIA II
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP SC-MLD-MEDIA II - Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2011/DG I/JP/2601   Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova
Expected Result 1.2 - The implementation of the media-related regulatory framework and self-regulation are improved in line with Council of Europe standards;
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Democracy
Line of Action ⇒ III.3 – Promoting Democratic Governance and Stability
Programme ☆ III.3.2  Good governance, Internet and Media

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Organisation of meetings - Seminar 
Directorate Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law 
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Objective(s) The objective of the seminar was to present to lawyers, judges and government officials working with media the general principles developed by the European Court of Human Rights concerning Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and its application as regards defamation, insult, incitement to hatred, access to information, protection of sources and state secrecy. Case studies concerning defamation and privacy were discussed with the participants. 
Output/Results Various documents were distributed to the participants: a copy of the European Convention on Human Rights, the case law concerning Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the series of Recommendations and other texts of the Committee of Ministers in the media field, as well as the special publication of the European Court of Human Rights ruling, published in Azeri and in English, regarding Azerbaijan. These documents/materials allowed participants of the seminalr to compare existing national legislation with European standards.

The fact that many local and national print media, TV and radio stations were present at the beginning of the seminar shows the interest of the Azerbaijani media as well as the public in subjects concerning freedom of expression and information. The seminar received wide coverage in local media including news wires, online publications, newspapers and TV reports.

The participants were very motivated and very interested in the experts’ presentations. Most had already attended seminars on the European Convention on Human Rights and had some knowledge of the practice of the European Court of Human Rights, but it was the first time that they had attended a seminar exclusively dedicated to Article 10 of the ECHR. Several last year students of the law faculty of Baku State University also participated in the seminar and took active part in the discussions.

During one and half day the participants were presented speeches and presentations on the following topics: “An overview of the Court’s case law on Article 10 of the ECHR”, “Compatibility of the Freedom of Expression Law in Azerbaijan to the European Standards”, “An overview of the Court’s case law concerning defamation, insult, criticism of public figures and incitement to hatred”, “Situation and experience of local courts concerning the law on Freedom of expression in Azerbaijan”, “An overview of the Court’s case law concerning access to information, the protection of journalists’ sources, state secrecy and whistle-blowing” and “Law on access to information – local legislation and court practice”. The presentations were made by experienced European Barristers Albrecht Haller and Frédéric Gras as well as known local experts.

During the discussions it was interesting to note that the participants criticised the media; they indicated that most of the Azerbaijani media were not very professional and did not respect professional codes of ethics. In the meantime, they criticized the authorities of Azerbaijan which often violate freedom of expression and local courts/judges which ignore basic points of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Conclusions/Follow Up In general, the seminar can be considered as successful. The general conclusion was that Azerbaijani legislation concerning the media is not yet in line with European standards. Existing good legal practice which meets European standards is also not being applied correctly.

The participants stressed the importance of this kind of training for lawyers as well as for other interested groups (judges, prosecutors, journalists and other media professionals).

They expressed their wish to:

- participate in future training programmes
- participate in seminars on other Articles of the ECHR

Another training seminar for Azerbaijani judges on the case law concerning Article 10 of the ECHR will be organised in March 2012.
Participants Lawyers, judges, government officials 
Consultants/Experts Mr. Albrecht HALLER, Barrister, Austria
Mr. Frédéric GRAS, Barrister, France
Mr. Rashid Hajily, Barrister, Azerbaijan
Mr. Alasgar Mammadli, Lawyer, Azerbaijan
CoE Secretariat Lejla DERVISAGIC, Media Division, Directorate General of Human Rights
Amb. Constantin YEROCOSTOPOULOS, Head of Baku Office
Shahin ABBASOV, Project Manager, Baku, Azerbaijan
Total No. Participants 52 
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