The Ombudsman said that by being approved as a member of the Council of Europe (CoE) in 2001, Azerbaijan undertook several commitments as well. The fulfilment of these commitments is being realized not only for cooperation with the CoE, but also for the interests of our state, its democratization, securing human rights and the full restoration of European values in the country.
The sides mentioned the importance of the Presidential Order "On improving work in the penitentiary system, humanization of the punishment policy and expansion of alternative punishments and procedural enforcement measures not associated with isolation from society" signed on February 10, 2017, is crucial in terms of sustainability of human rights reforms. Besides, the Ombudsman talked about the Presidential Decree "On Deepening the Reforms in the Judicial-Legal System" and the Law on Mediation.
During the meeting, the sides also discussed the overall situation of the human rights in the country, the development of civil society, future cooperation with the Council of Europe and other issues of concern.
Alexander Gessel said that the Council of Europe is interested in cooperating with such a successful institution.