The Ombudsman of Azerbaijan participated in the Next Annual Meeting of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions in Geneva

The Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Sabina Aliyeva, participated in the next Annual Meeting of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) held in Geneva. The Annual Meeting, organized by the Global Alliance in collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, was attended by nearly 200 heads and representatives of NHRIs, as well as heads and experts of various UN agencies.

At the GANHRI Annual Meeting, general presentations on the activities carried out in the field of protection of human rights were made, and upcoming issues were brought to attention. The issues related to climate change, the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities and the elderly, and the strengthening of mutual cooperation were discussed at the meeting, and the Strategic Plan for 2023–2027 was adopted. Later, NHRIs shared their experiences on the prevention of torture and ill-treatment. The information about preventive visits conducted within the mandate of the national preventive mechanism of the Ombudsman of Azerbaijan, the composition of the National Preventive Group, which includes psychologists, social workers, and representatives of civil society, as well as the recommendations made for the correction of prisoners and their future integration into society, were also brought to attention.

At the end of the Annual Meeting, a Conference dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the UDHR and the 30th anniversary of the Paris Principles on the Status of NHRIs was held.

Within the frame of the Annual Meeting, the Ombudsman of Azerbaijan held meetings with the representatives of the OHCHR, the heads of the GANHRI and the Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of this institution, as well as the Chairwoman and Secretary-General of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI). During the meetings, the issues related to the full alignment of the activities of the Ombudsman Office with the Paris Principles, the measures taken to implement the SCA Recommendations and expand the mandate, including the draft amendments to the Constitutional Law "On Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan," were discussed. The printed materials related to the Institution's activities and a compilation of the Ombudsman’s various reports, statements, and appeals on violations of international law covering the period since the Patriotic War were presented to the officials who participated in the Meeting.