Azerbaijani Ombudsman Marks Crucial Improvements in Prisons
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend , corr I.Alizade / There have been crucial changes made within the prisons. Azerbaijani Ombudsman, Elmira Suleymanova reported that this was testified by the International red of the Red Cross and other international organizations.
Suleymanova noted that the changes have been observed, not only in the repair of buildings, the improvement of roads, but also services within the prisons and the conditions for labor activities.
"In general, the situation has improved, although there are still opportunities to further improve this sector. We have submitted our proposals to the Justice Ministry in this respect," she stressed.
Speaking about the construction of new prisons, the Ombudsman noted that the conditions will be established at the prison in line with European standards. "Work done in this area will yield its result in the future," she assured.
As a result of measures directed towards the improvement of safeguarding the state border, in February 2007, 14 cases of state border violations was prevented and 15 people were detained.
Of those involved in border violations, 5 were citizens of Iran, 4 from Georgia, 2 from Azerbaijan, 1 from Afghanistan, 1from Pakistan, 1from Iraq and 1from Turkmenistan. In February one citizen of Pakistan was arrested with false documents while 2 citizens of Azerbaijan, 2 of Georgia and 1 of Turkmenistan were detained due to attempts being made of passing the border with illegal documents.
Furthermore, in February 2007 some 62 people were arrested and charged.