Strengthening Azerbaijan's NPM

Monday, May 24, 2010

Azerbaijan's NPM, the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, came under the magnifying glass recently, when conference participants examined how its capacity can be enhanced to make it a more effective torture prevention mechanism. The Azerbaijani parliament, Milli Majlis, hosted this one-day conference on 24 May.

 

Date:
24 - 25 May 2010
Place:
Azerbaijan
Purpose:

To explore ways of strengthening Azerbaijan’s NPM.

To launch the new Azerbaijani version of the APT’s Guide on Monitoring Places of Detention.

Partners:

OSCE-ODIHR

OSCE Office in Baku

Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights

Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Activities:

Azerbaijan’s NPM, the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, came under the magnifying glass recently, when conference participants examined how its capacity can be enhanced to make it a more effective torture prevention mechanism. The Azerbaijani parliament, Milli Majlis, hosted this one-day conference on 24 May 2010, which was attended by various national and international participants. The event was co-sponsored by OSCE-ODIHR, OSCE Office in Baku, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights and the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The following day, on 25 May, the APT, OSCE Office in Baku and the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights officially launched the Azerbaijani version of the APT’s Guide on Monitoring Places of Detention. This launch was accompanied by a half-day discussion on existing detention monitoring mechanisms in the country and how to improve them.

Outcome:
It is hoped that the first day’s discussion will result in steps being taken to strengthen the NPM as a torture prevention mechanism. This may result from it being allocated greater human and financial resources, attracting the expertise of civil society, re-structuring its activities and identifying training needs. A similar discussion which took place on the second day aimed at enhancing the capacity of other detention monitoring mechanisms in the country.
Contact Person:
Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer