UN anti-torture experts suspend on-site visit to Azerbaijan

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A group of UN anti-torture experts have suspended a visit to Azerbaijan after failing to get unrestricted access to places of deprivation of liberty.

That's according to a statement released by the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) on Wednesday.

The United Nations Subcommittee on the prevention of torture or SPT has a mandate to conduct on-site visits and make recommendations to the State.

The UN delegation encountered obstructions in carrying out its mandate under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).

Azerbaijan is a party to the protocol.

The local authorities prevented the experts from visiting several places where people were detained and barred them from completing their work at other sites.

As a result of these serious breaches, the experts concluded that the integrity of their visit had been compromised to such an extent that it had to be suspended.

The delegation members halted their work on 14 September, three days ahead of their schedule.

Some members remained in Azerbaijan to further engage the Azerbaijani authorities on the basis of the information currently at their disposal.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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