Ombudsman: Azerbaijan has adopted laws and decisions ensuring human rights
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 16 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
In recent years Azerbaijan has adopted a number of humanistic laws and regulations aimed at protecting human rights, commissioner for Human Rights of Azerbaijan Elmira Suleymanova told reporters on Friday. She was commenting on an order signed by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev pardoning a group of prisoners, some of whom are foreign.
The Ombudsman said it is the 51st pardon order and stressed that no country in the world has made so many pardon decisions over such a short period, including nine acts of amnesty.
Release of the pardoned prisoners under Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's order started on Friday. Members of the public and the media watched the process.
Rena Mammadova, who was imprisoned in the fourth women's correctional facility after being found guilty of murdering her husband and sentenced to seven years, has, by the pardon order of the president, been released from serving the remaining three years in prison.
Today she was released in the presence of the Ombudsman and deputy chief of the Prison Service of the Justice Ministry Husein Alikhanov.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed an order to pardon 62 prisoners in connection with the Novruz holiday. As many as 55 people among them were pardoned from imprisonment, one person - corrective labor, 6 people - penalty in the form of a fine.