Azerbaijan reviewed under the UPR
Thursday, 05 February 2009 02:41


Azerbaijan was reviewed on 4 February in the afternoon. The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, led the Azerbaijani delegation. Although Azerbaijan provided a clear description of the improvements accomplished, it failed to respond to the advance questions submitted prior to the session. It was also notable that the interactive dialogue resulted in little concrete answers by the delegation. Among the tangible outcomes of the review was the Governments' issuance of a standing invitation to all special procedures. Most of the comments by States were complimentary, expressing appreciation about the high rate of tolerance in Azeri society, the sufficient legal framework to protect human rights and Azerbaijan's consistent commitment in strengthening its human rights record. However, several concerns were raised, particularly on the following issues:


  • Grave limitation of the freedom of expression, in particular in relation to the banning of foreign media and the imprisonment of journalists. States recommended that Azerbaijan guarantee full freedom of expression by releasing detained journalists, re-allowing broadcasting, and amending existing laws and practices used to intimidate and harass media professionals

  • Poor standard of detention centres. Despite the agreement concluded with the ICRC on visits to detention centres, serious concerns were raised on over-crowding, physical maltreatment of detainees, and prolonged pre-trial detention.

  • Prevalence of violence against women, including domestic violence. States urged Azerbaijan to improve  access to legal remedies for victims and provide sufficient trainings to law enforcement personnel to deal with cases of domestic violence.

  • A number of States recommended Azerbaijan to align its legislation with international instruments, including to prohibit corporal punishment and to implement relevant recommendations of treaty bodies

  • While many States commended Azerbaijan for its high number of ratified conventions and its cooperation with the Council, others recommended that it ratify additional instruments, including the Rome Statute, and issue a standing invitation to all special procedures. In its answers, the delegation announced that the Government had decided to issue  such a standing invitation.


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