The Head of the Social-Political Department of the Executive Apparat of the Azerbaijan President, Ali Hasanov, informed Trend that the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Christian Strohal, who is on the visit to Azerbaijan, held a meeting in the Apparat.
He said that Strohal raised a number of questions regarding the co-operation between the Office that he heads and Azerbaijan. We agreed with majority of the discussed questions. The topic of discussions was work on human rights protection, violence and measures to prevent it, modernization of the penal system of Azerbaijan, propaganda of the international Conventions and legal norms for integration of Azerbaijan to Europe, Hasanov said.
He added that debates were also organized on other questions, and generally the meeting went in the manner of mutual understanding. We consider that our co-operation with this institute will continue on a par with other European organizations, and we will continue our consultations with the OSCE Baku Office, Hasanov said. Touching up on the proposal of Strohal to create a monitoring mechanism of the human rights in Azerbaijan, Hasanov emphasized that the creation of the working group together with OSCE Baku Office, NGOs and senior officials of Azerbaijan was discussed.
He said that the Government supports applying in Azerbaijan all practices that have found its confirmation in Europe. This group should hold the monitoring of the amendments to the law On freedom of assembly, prepare proposals and prevent the violence. Hasanov said that the representatives of the Institute will return to Azerbaijan again at the end of February and beginning of March 2007 to continue the negotiations regarding this issue.