INSTITUTE FOR PEACE AND DEMOCRACY CONDUCTS ROUNDTABLE

March 30th, 2010
Today, 30 March, at the Institute for Peace and Democracy, a roundtable was held regarding torture and problems of the civil society.

Azerbaijan Committee against Torture Chairman Elchin Behbudov spoke about the real situation in Azerbaijan. Behbudov said that he conducted an investigation regarding the suicide of a Masalli region resident he committed in the Nasimi Police Department Investigative Prison, and found out that Nasimi District PD Investigative Department Investigator Elchin Shiriyev exercised torture against this person. He added that torture cases are on rise in the country.
During the event Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety Chairperson Emin Huseynov talked about the problems of civil society. Huseynov noted that several of these problems are on the shoulders of the civil society; in particular one of these problems is lack of local experts to work with foreign donors. As a resort from this situation, Emin recommended that foreign experts be involved in the work of civil society. In conclusion he touched upon the financial statements to be submitted by NGOs to the Ministry of Finance on the basis of the recent changes to the legislation.
The event participants expressed their opinions about these issues and came to a decision; the Institute for Peace and Democracy will prepare a report regarding torture cases and will send it to other organizations for additional comments.
Democracy and Human Resources Center Chairperson Asabeli Mustafayev said that a legal document regarding NGOs will be prepared on the basis of the European Ministers Committee Recommendations on NGOs in the Council of Europe member states. The Draft “Law on NGOs” prepared by Law and Development Public Union Head Hafiz Hasanov will be added to this document and sent to the Committee.
Representatives of NGOs operating in Baku and in the regions and newspapers (Jenub Kahabrlari, Yukselish Namine, and Ganjabasar) took part in the event.