“June 26 marks the United Nations International Day of Support for Victims of Torture declared by the United Nations.
Torture continues to remain a challenge for the international legal system and the collective effort of states to prevent and punish crimes against humanity.
No circumstance, including war or threat of war, internal political instability, or other emergency situations, can justify torture.
Unfortunately, this crime is widespread in several countries, although it is criminalized.
I would like to make a specific reference to the policy adopted by the Azerbaijani authorities, particularly regarding the torture and inhuman treatment of Armenian Prisoners of War and civilian captives who are still held in Azerbaijan. This circumstance should be adequately assessed.
The Human Rights Defender has always emphasized in the annual and ad hoc reports the limitations of the reparation mechanisms for non-material damages caused by the violation of fundamental human rights. They are particularly evident in the absence of reparation mechanisms for non-material damage suffered as a result of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Notwithstanding the steps implemented for the improvement of the area, the Defender’s office continues to receive complaints and applications regarding apparent cases of torture in penitentiary institutions, the police, and investigative bodies.
The Defender is concerned about it and emphasizes that any manifestation of torture and ill-treatment should be excluded.
Moreover, the state must take concise steps to respond promptly and adequately to cases of torture, ensure effective investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice, as well as in the direction of prevention of torture.
Otherwise, all the values of the state governed by the rule of law will be distorted.
Work is also needed to support torture survivors and their families, including through the provision of individual psychological, medical, and social rehabilitation services.
As a National Preventive Mechanism, the Human Rights Defender tries to create an environment in our republic where torture and inhumane treatment are excluded”.