Azerbaijani Opposition Party to Appeal to European Court

Politics Materials 25 September 2008 14:03 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 25 September / Trend / The Azerbaijani opposition Musavat Party is prepared to lodge a complaint to the European Court on human rights against the Baku City Administration. The Baku authorities refused to sanction mass actions of the party in central streets of the city.

"We will appeal to the Supreme Court soon, and then to the European Court on human rights," Arif Hajili, the head of the Musavat Party Executive Body, told Trend on 25 September.

The Musavat Party repeatedly applied to the Baku City Administration to get permission for holding mass actions. However, the capital authorities were against holding mass actions at places, offered by the party.

The Musavat party members unsuccessfully tried to lodge a complaint against the decision at the Sabail District Court and then the Court of Appeal.

"We will prove to Azerbaijan and international community that the Baku City Administration's decision contradicts to the Constitution and the Law on Freedom of Assembly," Hajili said.

The Musavat Party was established in Baku in October 1911. The third (restoration) congress of the party took place in Baku on 7 November in 1992. Isa Gambar was elected chairman of the party through secret poll.

Gambar was the speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament (1992-93) and presidential candidate in the presidential elections held in 2003.

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