The 13th International Conference of Ombudsmen Institutions entitled “The Role of Cooperation between National and International Stakeholders in Ensuring the Constitutional Rights and the Freedoms” hosted by Azerbaijan’s Ombudsman Instution, has been organized in Baku, the capital Azerbaijan between the dates November 12-14, 2015, with the support of International Ombudsman Institute and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The representatives of national human rights institutions, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the non-governmental organizations from ten different countries have participated in the Conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the adoption of Constitution of Azerbaijan and to the 70th anniversary of foundation of United Nations Organisation and the UNESCO. Upon the invitation of Azerbaijani Ombudsman Elmira Suleymanova, President of the Institution, Hikmet Tülen, the member of Human Rights Committee, Advocate Mehtap Karaburçak Tuzcu, the Assistant Experts of Human Rights, Ezgi Kaşkaval and Nurullah Özgül have also participated in the Conference on behalf of the Human Rights Instution of Turkey.
The conference program has begun with the visit made to the Azerbaijan Martyrdom and to the grave of Heydar Aliyev. After the ceremony performed herein, at the opening session of the conference, the Ombudsman of Azerbaijan (Azәrbaycan Respublikasının İnsan Hüquqları Üzrә Müvәkkili), Elmira Suleymanova, the Vice-President of Azerbaijan, Ali Hasanov, the President of the Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan, Farhad Abdullayev and the President of Turkish Culture and Heritage Foundation, Gunay Efendiyeva have addressed the participants. In the first session performed after the opening speeches, the presentations on the importance of international cooperation in the protection of constitutional rights, and the relationships of the Ombudsman Institution with the Constitutional Court and Parliament has been performed under the title of “The Role of Ombudsman Institution in the Protection of Constitutional Rights and Freedoms in Azerbaijan”.
In the subsequent session entitled “Constitution Guaranteed Fundamental Human Rights”, the representatives participating domestically and from abroad have made several presentations within the context of this matter. In this context, information on the working principles of State Agency for Public Services and Social Innovations (ASAN) under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning “the provision of public services in the context of protection of human rights and freedoms” have been given. In this session, the President of the Human Rights Institution of Turkey, Hikmet Tülen has also made a presentation entitled “The Corporate Structures Established in the Recent Years and Functionings in the Context of the Protection of Constitutional Rights in Turkey”. In his speech, Mr. Tülen, has mentioned the roles of Constitutional Court, the Ombudsman and the Human Rights Institution of Turkey in the protection of constitutional rights.
On the second day of the Conference, two separate sessions with the titles “Legal Protection Mechanisms in the Protection of Constitutional Rights” and “Cooperation Between the Public Institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations in the Protection of Constitutional Rights” have been carried out. Alongside the representatives of various ministries and government institutions of Azerbaijan, the representatives of national human rights institutions in Egypt, Austria, Romania, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Slovenia have also made presentations in these sessions.
The last session of the Conference has been moderated by Hikmet Tülen. In this session in which the representatives of Slovenia and Azerbaijan Ombudsman institution and the Ombudsman Institution of Saratov Province affiliated to Russian Federation and the representative of a non-governmental organization named “World of Law” take place, the roles of ombudsman institutions and the non-governmental organizations in protecting the constitutional rights of the aforementioned countries have been discussed.
On the third day, in the television program in which the Azerbaijani Ombudsman, Elmira Suleymanova, the Namibian Ombudsman John Walters, the former Ombudsman of Human Rights of Moldova, Aurelia Grigoriu and President of Human Rights Institution of Turkey, Hikmet Tülen have participated, the general assessment of the Conference has been made and the Conference outcomes have been shared with the public. Right after the program, by meeting with all the representatives at the building of Azerbaijan Ombudsman Institution, the studies carried out by the Institution with relation to the protection of human rights has been presented to the attention of the participants by Azerbaijani Ombudsman, Ms. Suleymanov and by the other employees of the Institution.
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