IX Baku International Conference of Ombudsmen

IX Baku International Conference of Ombudsmen

IX Baku International Conference of Ombudsmen on “Cultural Rights of National Minorities and Migrants: legal aspects and implementation” held with support of UNESCO dedicated to 18 June – National Day of Human Rights, the 20th anniversary of the state independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan, 45th anniversary of the adoption of the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights as well as on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The conference was attended by the ombudsmen or the representatives of national human rights institutions of Sweden, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, India, Thailand, Pakistan, Ukraine, and Moldova, as well as 12 Oblasts of Russian Federation, international experts, the representatives of International and European Ombudsman Institutes and Asian Ombudsman Association.

Delivering a speech at the conference, the Commissioner said that such conferences held annually in Azerbaijan and until now commissioners for human rights from 54 countries have took part in these meetings which would contribute to the learning experiences of each-other and had exchange of information.

While reporting at the event, the deputy Prime-Minister and Chairman of the State Committee on the Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Affairs, Ali Hasanov, highly appreciated the activity of the Commissioner in the field of human rights, including protection of rights of refugees and IDPs, migrants, national minorities. He also stated that it was created legal framework on national and ethnic minorities and Azerbaijan has ratified international treaties. Furthermore, he welcomed the establishment of the State Migration Service in the country.

Baku Declaration covering the proposals of the Azerbaijani Commissioner was unanimously adopted at the end of the Conference. The Declaration included development of cooperation for protection of cultural rights of national minorities and migrants, realization of joint projects with international organizations, and NHRIs, etc.