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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Azerbaijan

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a periodic visit to Azerbaijan from 11 to 22 December 2020. It was the Committee's fifth periodic visit to the country.
23/12/2020
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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Azerbaijan

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Azerbaijani authorities in response to the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. In this connection, attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in the custody of law enforcement agencies, inmates accommodated in penitentiary establishments and detained military servicemen. The delegation also examined the treatment, conditions and legal safeguards offered to psychiatric patients and social care residents.

In the course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with Fikrat Mammadov, Minister of Justice, Jeyhun Hasanov, Deputy Minister of Justice, Oktay Shiraliyev, Minister of Health, Sahil Babayev, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population, and Vilayat Eyvazov, Minister of Internal Affairs, Oruj Zalov and Fazil Quliyev, Deputy Ministers of Internal Affairs, as well as with other senior officials from these ministries.

At the end of the visit, the delegation presented the Azerbaijani authorities with its preliminary observations.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:

  • Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the CPT, Head of delegation
  • Solvita Olsena
  • Davor Strinović
  • Tinatin Uplisashvili.

They were supported by Borys Wódz, Head of Division, and Dalia Žukauskienė of the CPT's Secretariat, and assisted by two experts: Marzena Ksel, medical doctor, former Head of the Medical Department of the Polish Prison Service and former First Vice-President of the Committee, and Clive Meux, forensic psychiatrist, Oxford, United Kingdom.

The delegation visited the following places of detention:

Establishments under the Ministry of Internal Affairs
  • Temporary Detention Centre of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crime, Baku
  • Detention Unit for Persons under Administrative Arrest, Baku
  • Binagadi District Police Department and Temporary Detention Centre, Baku
  • Garadakh District Police Department and Temporary Detention Centre, Baku
  • Narimanov District Police Department and Temporary Detention Centre, Baku
  • Sebail District Police Department and Temporary Detention Centre, Baku
  • Yasamal District Police Department and Temporary Detention Centre, Baku
  • Police Station No. 11, Baku
  • Police Station No. 22, Baku
  • Police Station No. 38, Baku
  • Astara District Police Station and Temporary Detention Centre
  • Jalilabad District Police Station and Temporary Detention Centre
  • Khachmaz District Police Station and Temporary Detention Centre
  • Lankaran City District Police Station and Temporary Detention Centre
  • Lerik District Police Station and Temporary Detention Centre
  • Masally District Police Station and Temporary Detention Centre
  • Salyan District Police Station and Temporary Detention Centre
  • Shabran District Police Station and Temporary Detention Centre
  • Siyazan District Police Station and Temporary Detention Centre
Establishments under the authority of the Ministry of Justice
  • Gobustan Prison
  • Penitentiary Establishment No. 4
  • Baku pre-trial detention facility, Zabrat
  • Pre-trial detention facility No. 3, Shuvalan
  • Correctional Establishment for Juveniles in Baku
Establishment under the authority of the State Security Service
  • Investigative isolator and temporary detention facility, Baku
Establishments under the authority of the Ministry of Health
  • Lankaran Regional Psychiatric Hospital
  • Salyan Regional Psychiatric Hospital
  • Sumgayit Psychiatric Hospital
Establishment under the authority of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population
  • Psycho-neurological social care institution No. 1, Baku
Establishment under the authority of the Ministry of Defense
  • “Hauptvacht” (disciplinary unit) of Baku Garrison

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