Azerbaijani ombudsperson: For us, there’s no such term as ‘political prisoner’

Baku: “For us, there is no such term as “political prisoner”. The ombudsperson is busy defending people’s rights in a fair and unbiased manner,” Azerbaijan’s Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsperson) Elmira Suleymanova told reporters on Nov.13.

She said that whenever worrying reports begin to circulate in the media, the ombudsperson’s representatives certainly meet with them.

“We learn their needs and detention conditions. Issues under our authority get resolved,” she stressed.

Suleymanova noted that Arif Yunus has no complaint of his detention conditions.

“We have met with Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus. I have met them two or three times personally. From him in particular, we have not received any complaint or appeal about his detention conditions. He has just asked for some newspapers and other issues have been solved,” said Suleymanova.

The ombudsperson added that today the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) is hearing the annual report of the Azerbaijani state.


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