Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

UN Committee Against Torture Criticized Azerbaijan For Extraditions Of Chechens To Russia

Posted by Info on 30/11/2009

The UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) has released its concluding observations on Azerbaijan’s implementation of the Convention Against Torture (CAT/C/AZE/CO/3). The Committee expresses concern over the continuing allegations of torture and ill-treatment in Azerbaijan and urges the authorities to bring their legislation and practice in conformity with the Convention.

The Committee requires Azerbaijan to bring its definition of torture fully in compliance with the Convention, so as to ensure that it is possible to prosecute all public officials and others responsible for torture.

The Committee also criticizes cases of extraordinary rendition of Chechens to the Russian Federation and of Kurds to Turkey. It urges Azerbaijan to ensure that no person is expelled, returned or extradited to a country where there are substantial grounds for believing that he/she would be in danger of being subjected to torture.

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