Azerbaijan - OPCAT Situation
Azerbaijan ratified the OPCAT in January 2009 and the same month, it designated its Ombudsperson's Office (Commissioner for Human Rights) as NPM by means of presidential decree. Amendments to the legislation of the Ombudsperson's Office were later adopted in December 2010 to provide the institution with a legal basis for its NPM work.
The Azeri NPM started its operations as soon as 2009 and a specific preventive unit was later established within the institution to conduct visits to places of detention.
The SPT member Victor Zaharia is the SPT Focal Point for Azerbaijan.