Arbitrary Detention: UN expert group launches first official visit to Azerbaijan

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will conduct its first official visit to Azerbaijan to assess the situation of deprivation of liberty in the country from 16 to 25 May.

During the ten-day mission, human rights experts Sètondji Roland Adjovi and José Guevara –Chair and Vice Chair of the Working Group respectively– will visit the cities of Baku, Ganja and Nakhchivan, where they will engage with the authorities, civil society and other stakeholders.

The expert group’s delegation will also visit detention facilities, including prisons, police stations, mental health institutions, to meet with persons deprived of their liberty, including children, their families or representatives, and to seek first-hand information on their cases.

The experts will be accompanied by staff from the Working Group’s Secretariat at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

A press conference on the Working Group’s preliminary observations will be held at the UN House, Baku, on 25 May 2016 at 15:00. Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.

The Working Group will present its final report to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2017.

Author: bassam alkantar

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