United Nations

Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
or Punishment

Distr.: General
8 December 2009
Original: English

Committee against Torture
Forty-third session
Geneva, 2–20 November 2009

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under
article 19 of the Convention
Concluding observations of the Committee against Torture

The Committee considered the third periodic report of Azerbaijan (CAT/C/AZE/3)
at its 907th and 909th meetings (CAT/C/SR.907 and CAT/C/SR.909), held on 9 and 10
November 2009, and adopted, at its 920th meeting, held on 18 November 2009
(CAT/C/SR.920), the concluding observations as set out below.


The Committee welcomes the submission of the third periodic report of Azerbaijan
and the written responses to the list of issues (CAT/C/AZE/Q/3) submitted by the State
The Committee notes with appreciation the extensive dialogue with the high-level
delegation sent by the State party and the replies to the questions raised during the dialogue.
It welcomes the State party’s constructive attitude towards implementation of its
recommendations, as shown by the adoption of numerous legal and policy reforms.


Positive aspects
The Committee welcomes the recent legislative and other measures taken by the
State party since the consideration of its previous report, namely:
Adoption of the Fight against Human Trafficking Law in 2005, the
amendment of the Criminal Code (2005) and the creation of a relief fund for victims of
human trafficking;
Adoption of a presidential order on the Modernization of Judiciary on 19
January 2006 and application of the Amendments, dated 19 January 2006, establishing
regional courts of appeal which address legal assistance to individuals, as well as the

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