Azerbaijan’s Law on Conscription to be Changed
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr I. Alizadeh / The governing New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) is developing a project envisaging supplements and changes to the Law on Conscription Essentials. The project will be submitted to the Parliament by the end of the autumn session, Siyavush Novruzov, NAP Deputy Executive Secretary and a member of the Permanent Parliamentary Commission on Security and Defense Affairs, told journalists in Baku on 17 October.
"We receive plenty of letters from the voters regarding changing the Law on Conscription Essentials. On the basis of these letters we are developing a project envisaging the alteration of the Law," Novruzov said.
At the beginning of 2007, the Azerbaijani Parliament made changes in the Law on Conscription Essentials and annulled the draft deferment for the men who care for disabled persons of the second category, those who graduated from University with a bachelor's degree and want to begin studying for their master's degree, as well as for post-graduate students. The altered Law annulled conscription of young men having two children. Previously, only those who had three or more underage children were released from conscription.
In 2007, the Azerbaijani Army completely turned to NATO standards. Therefore, the conscription essentials should also correspond with NATO standards, Novruzov stressed.