Azerbaijan, Baku, March 12 / Trend /
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) at the 1079th meeting at Deputy level approved a pre-electoral assistance programme in view of the forthcoming Parliamentary elections, which will take place in Azerbaijan in November 2010, CoE's official website reported.
The Deputies encouraged the Azerbaijani authorities to take all appropriate measures to secure free and fair elections.
The Deputies adopted a first set of decisions on the follow-up to the Interlaken Conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights. They gave, in particular, an initial mandate to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) to consider the relevant parts of the Interlaken Declaration.
Furthermore, they examined the progress made by Georgia in fulfilling its commitments and obligations as member state of the Council of Europe. They welcomed the progress made by Georgia in this context, while calling on the Georgian authorities to continue their efforts in particular with regard to the functioning of democratic institutions and the promotion of political dialogue between the government and the opposition.
They also endorsed the co-operation programme between the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation for the Chechen Republic in 2010, which will focus on the dissemination of the Council of Europe's standards on human rights protection and access to justice among official circles (police, justice, penitentiary administration), as well as the promotion of local self-government and good governance at local level.
Finally, the Deputies invited member states to ensure the wide dissemination to policy makers and courts of the Guidelines elaborated by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) for a better implementation of Recommendation Rec(2003)17 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on enforcement.