The Human Rights Council has listened to the UN report on Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, February 6 / correspondent. Trend C. Sattarov / On Friday in Geneva, the Human Rights Council has listened to the UN report on human rights in Azerbaijan, was reported in a message distributed by the Press Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan.
The head of the Azerbaijani delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov, spoke with and official report.
Khalafov stressed the importance of the referendum in terms of strengthening and developing human rights, scheduled for March 18 this year.
He informed the participants, that Azerbaijan participates in the protection of human rights at the international level and cooperates with international organizations working in this field.
The head of the Azerbaijani delegation noted that efforts are being made to improve legislation, reform the penitentiary system, as well as success in the economic sphere, according to the report.
He noted that Heydar Aliyev Foundation's education, health and cultural programs are implemented.
Khalafov, in his speech touched upon not only the promotion of human rights protection since the time of independence, but also problems and difficulties that Azerbaijan is facing.
The Deputy Minister noted the difficulties of refugees and internally displaced persons with whom they have encountered as a result of aggression by Armenia of Azerbaijani territories.
Representatives of States participating in the discussions, highly valued Azerbaijani Government's activities to reform the economy, advances in the field of human rights.
Discussions continued as an interactive dialogue.
During the visit, Deputy Minister Khalaf Khalafov met with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay.
The parties expressed their satisfaction with the current level of cooperation and exchanged views on the prospects and directions of cooperation.
Khalafov informed Pillay about country's activities in the field of human rights, as well as the aggression of Armenia.
During the visit, Deputy Minister met with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.
The sides exchanged views on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its solutions, the return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their places of origin, the involvement of international donors in addressing the social problems of refugees, the report says.
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