Prisoners’ complaints not to pass censorship in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 10 / Trend K. Zarbaliyeva /
The Code on Execution of Sentences will be amended in Azerbaijan. The amendments concern the Ombudsman's visits to jails, the Azerbaijani parliament told Trend today.
According to the proposed amendment, Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) and members of the National Preventive Mechanism group have the right at any time, freely and without notice to visit places of detention, to meet with the inmates, as well as any other persons who can give the necessary information, alone, and if necessary - with
the participation of an interpreter or a specialist familiar with the documents or to obtain copies of them confirming the the detention in prisons, as well as get acquainted with their conditions of detention and treatment, to make acts, to record progress and results of the
carried out activities.
The Ombudsman and members of the National Preventive Mechanism group must be promptly received by the prison management. The Ombudsman has the right to give recommendations to the management and to receive results within the determined period.
According to another proposed amendment, the prisoners' proposals, requests and complaints, addressed to a group of the National Preventive Mechanism, will not pass censorship and will be sent to the appropriate bodies no later than one day (excluding weekends and holidays).
According to the current law, the proposals, requests and complaints addressed to the bodies controlling the activity in the prison, the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) and the European Court of Human Rights do not pass the censorship. These requests and complaints are sent to the appropriate authorities within a single day (except weekends and holidays).
The bill has been discussed at a meeting of the Committee of the Azerbaijani Parliament on Legal Policy and State Building today.