Members of National Preventive Group meet with detainees and hostages from Armenia
- 07 December 2020
Upon the instruction of the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Sabina Aliyeva, the visits to temporary detention places by members of the National Preventive Group (NPG) of Ombudsman over the prevention of torture without prior notice are continued, Office of the Ombudsman told APA.
The aim of the visits organized in accordance with the requirements of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Constitutional Law on the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan is to investigate the conditions of detention in these facilities, the treatment of detainees, as well as the treatment of detainees and hostages in accordance with international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions, and the provision of their rights.
Captured and detained persons from Armenia have individually been received, their appeals have been listened to, their rights have been explained by presenting legislation acts regarding application mechanism in their languages during the next visit.
On the basis of the Ombudsman's requests with the participation of a doctor from the Preventive Group, these persons were examined. It was noted that they are being provided with the necessary medical and psychological assistance, the norms of international humanitarian law, in particular, the provisions of the Geneva Conventions, are being observed. The prisoners of war, including those held in custody, expressed satisfaction with the conditions of detention, medical care, food, and a humane attitude towards them.
It is noted that within the framework of the activities of the Ombudsman of Azerbaijan Sabina Aliyeva, the state of prisoners and detainees, ensuring their rights, visits are being investigated: “Unfortunately, this is not observed on the part of Armenia. When treating civilians, as well as wounded and captured soldiers of Azerbaijan, the norms of international law, in particular the Geneva Conventions, are seriously violated."