National Preventive Group conducted visit to Temporary Detention Place and Investigation Isolator of State Security Service
October 10, 2019
National Preventive Group (NPG) carried out a visit to the Temporary Detention Place and Investigation Isolator of the State Security Service without prior notice within the National Preventive Mechanism activity of the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman).
The visit, organized on the basis of the OPCAT requirements and the Constitutional Law on Ombudsman, was aimed at investigation of detention conditions and treatment issues, state of ensuring the rights of detained persons.
During the visit, detention conditions, state of ensuring rights regarding nutrition, medical assistance, walking, phone calls, meeting etc., also the treatment issues were investigated. For this purpose randomly selected accused persons detained in this facility were received individually.
Polad Aslanov, about whom information on food refusal was disseminated through internet, was also received. During the meeting he reported that he takes food.
Appeals of the received persons were heard; their rights and respective legislative requirements were explained. Some of the detained persons, who raised issues about investigation conducted on their cases, were provided with legal consult within the scope of competences of the Ombudsman.
At the end of the visit, guarantee of the rights of detained persons were discussed with the administration of the Temporary Detention Place and Investigation Isolator, as well as they were given recommendations according to the national and international legislation.
It should be mentioned that the Commissioner Elmira Suleymanova and members of the NPG regularly conduct visits to the places, which persons cannot leave on their own will, and investigate the conditions of detention, treatment issues, organization of medical service.
Along with organizing discussions on the recommendations made during previous visits, their implementation is also monitored on site. Furthermore, legal awareness-raising trainings are organized for the staff of these facilities in accordance with national and international legal norms, also recommendations which were made in relation to our country by treaty bodies acting on the basis of core international human rights treaties.