First deputy speaker of Azerbaijan`s parliament Ziyafat Asgarov has met a group of participants of the 10th Baku International Conference of Ombudsmen entitled “The protection of human rights in emergency situations: problems and opportunities".
Asgarov, who also heads the parliament`s committee for security and defense, said the Baku International Conference of Ombudsmen was dedicated to “a very important” issue, adding “this opens up new opportunities for cooperation”.
Asgarov highlighted the Azerbaijani government`s work to strengthen the protection of human rights and freedoms.
“Azerbaijan`s Constitution was adopted in 1995, and hundreds of legal documents and state programs aimed at ensuring the protection of human rights and freedoms have been adopted in the country since then.”
“After restoring its independence our country joined all international human rights conventions. And today the citizens of Azerbaijan have their rights fully ensured,” he added.
Asgarov hailed the Azerbaijan Ombudsman Office`s role in ensuring the protection of human rights and freedoms in the country.
“The Ombudsman Office has been closely and fruitfully cooperating with law enforcement bodies in the country.
Human Rights Commissioner Elmira Suleymanova praised the cooperation between the Azerbaijani parliament and the Ombudsman Office. “They are working together to ensure that the human rights and freedoms are ensured in Azerbaijan.”
Other speakers, including ombudsmen and lawyers from Turkey, Pakistan, Russia, the Netherlands, Japan, China, Korea, Canada, Thailand, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan praised the organization of the 10th Baku International Conference of Ombudsmen. They said such events contributed to conducting an experience exchange among ombudsmen of different countries. The speakers hailed Azerbaijan`s successes, as well as the country`s leading role and position in the region. They noted Azerbaijan set an example as a constitutional state, which ensured all human rights and freedoms. The speakers praised the Heydar Aliyev Foundation`s role on this front, particularly the Foundation`s bringing poor and disabled children from other countries to Baku to watch the Eurovision-2012 song contest.