Judgment concerning Azerbaijan

External view of the Human Rights building

In the case of Emin Huseynov v. Azerbaijan No. 2 the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to respect for private and family life.

The applicant was an independent journalist and the chairman of a non-governmental organisation specialising in the protection of journalists’ rights. The case concerned his complaint about being deprived of his Azerbaijani citizenship, making him stateless. He had just spent ten months in hiding in the Swiss embassy in Baku as he was on a wanted list in connection with criminal proceedings against his NGO.

The Court found that no heed had been given to the fact that the termination of the applicant’s citizenship, rendering him stateless, would be in breach of Azerbaijan’s international law obligations. Also, he had not benefited from the necessary procedural safeguards.

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