Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 28 /Trend, E.Ismayilov/
Azerbaijani Ombudsman urged MPs to consider an amnesty to imprisoned women, children and the sick.
This appeal was welcomed by MPs and will be tabled at the spring session of Parliament, Ombudsman
Elmira Suleymanova told reporters.
The number of prisoners who will be named in amnesty is not yet known, she added.
The appeal of Ombudsman says that the initiative this year is particularly urgent in light of the significant dates of national and international importance. They include 20th anniversary of national independence, 10th anniversary of Azerbaijan's membership to the Council of Europe, 10th anniversary of the Constitution Act on the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Azerbaijan Republic, adopted on the initiative of National Leader Heydar Aliyev, 10th anniversary of the country's accession to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture.
Ombudsman noted that the majority of prisoners are sincerely repent of a crime. According to her, it is very important to come back healthy to society and to their families.
A total of nine amnesty acts were adopted and 48 pardon decrees were signed in Azerbaijan and tens of thousands of people have returned to normal free life.