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Press Statement: EPDE condemns crackdown on election observers in Azerbaijan

The European Platform for Democratic Elections strongly condemns the recent wave of crackdown on citizen election observers, human right defenders and independent journalists in Azerbaijan. Yesterday, our colleague Anar Mammadli, head of EPDE member organization Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS), which has been engaged in citizen election monitoring in Azerbaijan since 2001, was arrested […]

Statement of Solidarity with Detained Observers in Azerbaijan

The Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) expresses its deep concern with the detainment of citizen election observers from the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) in Azerbaijan. The arrest of nonpartisan citizen observers contributes to a climate of fear and hampers the rights of the people of Azerbaijan to provide independent oversight over their […]

Statement of Solidarity with Imran Aliyev

EPDE stands in solidarity with our colleague, election observer and human rights defender Imran Aliyev, who was unjustly arrested at Baku International Airport on April 18. Imran Aliyev, a prominent figure in Azerbaijan’s civil society, was subjected to brutal violence and coercion after his arrest. He was beaten, given electric shocks, and forced to sign […]

EMDS issued the statement on the detention of representatives of free media and independent civil organizations

The Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) considers the detention ofthe employees and founders of “Toplum TV” on March 6-8, as well as the members of theInstitute of Democratic Initiatives and the “III Republic” Platform, and the bogus chargesagainst them, as a continuation of the government’s political repression against free media and independent civil […]

Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS)

EMDS is an independent and impartial non-governmental organization working towards the holding of free and fair elections and the development of civil society and democracy in Azerbaijan. EMDS aims to also increase citizen participation in public administration, promote political pluralism and democratic values, and enhance the accountability of government bodies. It was founded in December […]

Preliminary Statement: Results of Observation on Early Presidential Election in Azerbaijan

EMDS observed that the pre-election campaign lacked genuine competition among political forces, diminishing the political engagement in the country and denying voters a real choice among diverse political perspectives, which is essential for a free and fair election. The organization also identified persistent issues with the election commissions, including unresolved allegations of voter list inaccuracies […]

EMDS issued a statement regarding the snap presidential elections

The Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) has assessed the legal and political environment concerning holding the extraordinary presidential election on February 7, 2024. It observes that while the decree to hold the election 14 months before the time was in line with the Election Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan, these measures do […]

ECHR rules in favour of Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre

On 12 January 2023, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (ECHR) adopted a judgement on the case of EPDE’s member Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) against the Republic of Azerbaijan. The court ruled that EMDS’ right to freedom of association (Art. 11 European Convention) had been violated by Azerbaijani government, namely […]

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