Human Rights Protection Should be Priority Target for the State: Azerbaijan Ombudswoman
Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 June /corr. Trend News S.Agayeva / Human rights protection should be a priority target for the State, Elmira Suleymanova, Azerbaijan's Commissioner on Human Rights (Ombudswoman), said during the 6th International Baku Conference of Ombudsmen which commenced on 18 June,
The State Program on Human Rights Protection has been approved in Azerbaijan, and ensuring human rights has been determined as one of the key directions of the State policy, Ombudswoman said. According to the order by the President of Azerbaijan, annually 18 June will be marked as the National Day of Human Rights.
Special attention should be paid to the human rights in the world, Suleymanova said. According to her, the Institute of Ombudsmen, in co-operation with the governmental agencies, investigates every single signal on human rights violations. Special attention is paid to the rights of prisoners. Due to appeal of Ombudsmen Administration, more than 220 prisoners have been freed over the past five years, Suleymanova said.
According to her, the refugees and internally displaced people in Azerbaijan, who were expelled from their native lands as a result of Armenian aggression, still suffer mass violation of human rights.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries appeared in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani lands including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. Since 1992 to the present time, these territories have been under Armenian occupation. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a cease-fire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA) are holding peaceful negotiations.
The conference is attended by the representatives of diplomatic representations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, President of International Ombudsmen Institute, representatives of Ombudsmen Administration from Ukraine, Georgia, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Uzbekistan, Great Britain and other countries. During the conference, Suleymanova called on the international community to put an end to sufferings of refugees and IDPs in Azerbaijan.
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