On 23 January the Human Rights Defender had a meeting with Nils Muižnieks, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. During the meeting a number of issues related to the protection of the human rights have been discussed.
Particularly, the mechanisms of the implementation of the new Law on the Human Rights Defender have been discussed. The Commissioner stressed the importance of the regulations in the new Law regarding the cooperation with civil society. The issues related to the protection of the rights of persons deprived of liberty, military servicemen, and persons with disabilities, as well as other issues have been discussed.
The Defender presented to the Commissioner the details of the armed attacks in Chinari village by Azerbaijani military forces in the end of December 2016 and in the beginning of January 2017, the results of the fact-finding mission, conducted by the Defender’s Office, as well as the report, with the obtained evidences.
Moreover, during the meeting the Defender presented in details the case of the extradition of Alexander Lapshin and its unacceptable and negative impact. Specifically, according to the Defender, it deeply endangers the freedom of expression as a prevention of the violations by the Azerbaijani armed forces.