Ombudsman: Azerbaijan progresses in ensuring human rights (UPDATE)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 8 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
Azerbaijan has made progress in ensuring human rights in recent years, Ombudsman Elmira Suleymanova said today.
"A perfect legal framework was established for the complete protection and provision of human rights. Despite this, the country still records violations of human rights. But there is no country, which does not observe such violations," Suleymanova said.
She said Azerbaijan has acceded to 230 conventions and nine other international instruments on human rights.
"Today, staff training is a big problem. Azerbaijan adopts new laws, joins the new international instruments and improves methods of management," Suleymanova added.
Azerbaijan plans to hold elections for vacant places in the municipalities by late 2011, she said, noting with regret that women show very little activity in the municipalities.
"Women are represented in the municipalities, but they are passive," Suleymanova said.
Referring to complaints received by the Ombudsman Apparatus, Suleymanova said this structure received 6,500 complaints in the first year of 2011.
"The apparatus received 11,660 complaints in 2010. Observations show that the number of complaints increased in 2010. The rights of citizens are protected more actively, but the number of complaints also increases, as people have become more aware of their rights," she added.
She said the problems with voter lists are typical violations.