"Free Ilgar Mammadov now" say Schools of Political Studies heads

The Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe (ASPS) calls for the immediate release of Ilgar Mammadov, Director of the Baku School of Political Studies, who has been wrongfully imprisoned on politically motivated charges.

The charges brought against Mr. Mammadov, one of Azerbaijan’s leading advocates for genuine democracy, are clearly politically motivated and aimed at silencing him through judicial harassment.

The Association, which brings together the leaders of 21 Schools in Europe and North Africa, called on Azerbaijan to respect its commitments to the Council of Europe and implement the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights, which found that the arrest and detention of their Azeri colleague in 2013 breached the European Convention on Human Rights.

Failure to act decisively on the Mammadov case and similar human rights violations by authoritarian regimes in Azerbaijan and other Council of Europe states is undermining the European project, bringing European institutions into disrepute and fuelling euro-scepticism.

A full list of statements and reactions to Ilgar Mammadov’s imprisonment can be found here