Ombudsman receives Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe [PHOTOS]
The Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Azerbaijan Republic, Sabina Aliyeva received the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatovic, Azernews reports.
During the meeting, the Ombudsman answered the questions addressed by the guest and talked about the reforms implemented in Azerbaijan for the effective protection of human rights and freedoms, including the changes made to the Constitutional Law "On the Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan" and filled in on the activities carried out in the post-war period.
The Ombudsman spoke about Armenia's policy of aggression and terrorism against Azerbaijan and noted that nearly 4,000 Azerbaijanis were missing in the First Garabagh War, and Armenia has not yet informed about their fate. Sabina Aliyeva brought the requests and wishes of the family members of Azerbaijani missing citizens to the attention of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe and asked for assistance within the scope of his powers.
The commissioner talked about the mine terrorism committed by Armenia in Azerbaijan’s liberated territories and noted that, despite repeated requests, accurate mine maps were not handed over to Azerbaijan, planted mines pose a threat to people's lives, and prevent the return of former IDPs to their native lands. The Ombudsman informed the guest that more than 330 people have become victims of landmines since the Patriotic War.
The commissioner noted that historical and religious monuments and cemeteries belonging to Azerbaijanis were destroyed by Armenia during the thirty-year occupation.
Sabina Aliyeva said that within the framework of the activities of the National Preventive Mechanism, visits were made to institutions that the detained persons could not leave of their own free will, and persons were accepted without any discrimination.
The Ombudsman noted that ensuring and protecting the rights and freedoms of citizens of Armenian origin living in Garabagh is always in the spotlight and that a statement was made regarding the ways to apply to the Ombudsman and brought to the attention of the guest that even before the Patriotic War, the appeals of citizens of Armenian origin were considered and appropriate measures were taken.
At the meeting, views were also exchanged on future mutual cooperation between the institutions.
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