On July 27, 2011 “Prison Watch” Public Union held a round table within the framework of the project “Promoting institution of conditional release of prisonersâ€ that is implemented with the support of the Council of State Support to Non-governmental organizations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan”. Representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Penitentiary Service, the Prosecutor Office, the Ombudsman’s Office, local non-governmental organizations, as well as representatives of international organizations attended to the meeting.
Kamil Salimov, chairman of the “Prison Watch” Public Union, opened the event with introductory speech and gave extensive information about the organization and the project. Mr. Chairman, stated that the “Prison Watch” Public Union is active for more than 7 years and since then has done a lot of work and implemented relevant projects to protect the rights of prisoners, to change the prisoners’ detention conditions to meet international standards, to provide prisoners with legal education and to support the implementation of the rights of the prisoners under the legislation of the country. The on-going project “Promoting institution of conditional release of prisonersâ€ aimed to inform the prisoners about their rights and duties, to investigate the existing problems in this sphere and preparing of the proposals and recommendations to solve them.
Expert of the project, member of the Public Committee on Penitentiary System Control under the Justice ministry of Azerbaijan, Mr. Nazir Guliyev talked about the seminars in 10 prisons under the Penitentiary Service and the topics discussed during these seminars that held within the project. It was noted that 50 prisoners and 10 officers were involved per seminar. The issues like prisoners’ rights and duties, the implementation mechanisms of the conditional early release institution, local and international legislation in this sphere, as well as local and international experience were discussed and questions regarding the legal issues of prisoners were answered. It was followed with the discussions on the role of the conditional early release institution in rehabilitation process of the prisoners and in the effective reintegration of the murders to the society and the problems of the institution in implementation and the ways to solve these problems.