ArmInfo.The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) calls on Azerbaijan to immediately release all Armenian prisoners of war and fully comply with the temporary measures indicated in the decision of the ECtHR regarding the Lachin Corridor. According to the Armenian Embassy to the Council of Europe, the corresponding call is contained in the PACE resolution on the course of the monitoring procedure.
"The progress of the Assembly's monitoring procedure (January-December 2022) Parliamentary Assembly 1. The Parliamentary Assembly acknowledges the work carried out by the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) in fulfilling its mandate as defined in Resolution 1115 (1997) (modified) on the "Setting up of an Assembly Committee on the honouring of obligations and commitments by member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee)". In particular, it welcomes the committee's work in accompanying the 11 countries under a full monitoring procedure (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Hungary, the Republic of Moldova, Poland, Serbia, Turkiye and Ukraine), the three countries engaged in a post-monitoring dialogue (Bulgaria, Montenegro and Northern Macedonia) in their efforts to comply fully with the obligations and commitments they entered into upon accession to the Council of Europe, as well as the countries subject to periodic monitoring of their membership obligations, which was completed in 2022 in respect of Hungary, Malta and Romania, and is currently carried out for France, the Netherlands and San Marino. 2. The Assembly notes the committee's continued attention to the developments concerning relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Assembly takes note of the most recent urgent notice of the European Court of Human Rights sent to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe calling for the monitoring of Azerbaijan's implementation of its decision of 21 December 2022 regarding the Lachin Corridor, and calls for the immediate and full implementation of the interim measures decided by the Court. The Assembly is also monitoring the situation around the Armenian prisoners of war and civilian captives who are still detained in Azerbaijan. The Assembly calls upon Azerbaijan to immediately release all detainees. 6.2. with respect to Armenia: referring to Resolution 2427 (2022), the Assembly welcomes the marked progress in the democratic development of Armenia and calls on the authorities to complete the reform of the electoral framework, to continue the reform of the judiciary and to strengthen media freedom. The Assembly resolves to continue to closely follow developments with regard to institutional balances and the establishment of a democratic culture; 6.3. with respect to Azerbaijan: the Assembly welcomes the authorities` declared commitment to political dialogue but regrets that in general, the situation in Azerbaijan has not improved and that a number of outstanding concerns with regard to the rule of law, pluralist democracy and human rights remain unaddressed. They include serious concerns with regard to the independence of the judiciary, media freedom and freedom of expression, freedom of association and political freedom, as well as allegations of torture and ill-treatment by law enforcement officials and unsatisfactory detention conditions," the document reads.