The Ombudsman participated in an international conference in Kazakhstan

The Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Sabina Aliyeva, participated in the international conference on "Constitutional Justice: Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All" dedicated to the 28th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Kazakhstan.

During her speech at the event attended by executives of constitutional courts of foreign countries, ombudspersons and representatives of international organizations, the Commissioner first congratulated the Chairman and staff of the Constitutional Court of Kazakhstan and wished them success in their activities.

Afterwards, the Ombudsman informed about the reforms carried out in the field of protection of human rights and freedoms in our country and the new mechanisms of human rights protection. By emphasizing the importance of cooperation between Ombudsman institutions and Constitutional courts in the direction of more efficient protection of human rights and freedoms, S. Aliyeva spoke about the positive experience in the field of cooperation established in this field in our country, and said that more than 40 inquiries addressed to the Constitutional Court by the Commissioner have been reviewed so far.

The Ombudsman noted that as a result of Armenia's policies of occupation and ethnic cleansing, 20 percent of Azerbaijan's lands were under occupation for 30 years, more than one million of our compatriots’ rights were grossly violated, they lived as refugees and IDPs, and pointed out that currently the Government of Azerbaijan is taking measurements to restore the rights of former IDPs.

S. Aliyeva emphasized that during the occupation, the infrastructure in our territories was completely destroyed, mine terrorism was committed by Armenia on our lands, international law and international humanitarian law was seriously violated. The Ombudsman said that since the Second Karabakh War, more than 300 people have lost their lives or suffered from major injuries as a result of mine and military weapons explosions.

It was drawn to the attention of the conference participants that during both the Patriotic War and in the post-war period, appeals were made to the world community by the Commissioner, reports and statements based on facts were prepared and addressed to relevant international organizations, the ombudsmen and national human rights institutions.