Azerbaijan, Baku, July 22 / Trend K. Zarbaliyeva /
Azerbaijani Ombudsman proposed to establish a reconciliation institute dealing with the divorce.
She addressed the "round table" on "Legislative base aimed at resolving the problems of Azerbaijani families and the prospects for improvement".
Earlier the courts had such a practice. She said that if such an institution is created, it will help reduce the divorce rate.
She said that while considering the complaints relating to divorce, the court must conduct the necessary work to reconcile the parties.
The Ombudsman proposed to make some changes in legislation to protect women's and children's rights. She considers it important to gain control over the process of adoption of children by foreigners.
There are facts of beatings, tortures, and in some cases, killing of children adopted by foreigners, she said..
Suleymanova cited Lithuania as an example where children are first offered to local citizens for adoption before they are adopted by foreigners.
As to punishment for children who have committed crime, the ombudsman said that punishment for children should be more liberal.
"The arrest may be used if there is no other choice," she added. "So many children have been arrested for theft and deprived of freedom! Courts must pay attention to this and adopt more liberal punishment."