The Minister of Justice, Chairman of Judicial-Legal Council Fikrat Mammadov met co-rapporteurs of Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Cezar Florin Preda and Stefan Schennach, on June 16.
Noting effective cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe, the Minister spoke of the democratic-legal reforms conducted in the country after it became the CoE member. He informed the guests on the done large-scale work in the field of enhancement of the legislation, strengthening the independence of judicial system, development of civil society and noted that within the “Action Plan between Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe for 2014-2016s” important projects were realized on various fields.
During discussions, the guests praised the steps taken thanks to the political will of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in the field of ensuring human rights, including amending the criminal legislation related to the decriminalization of some crime in economic field with initiative of the head of state, as well as decreasing the number of prisoners. At the same time, expressed satisfaction with the amnesty and applying this humanist act to nearly 10 thousands persons, declared at the initiative of the First Lady of Azerbaijan, the president of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva.
Co-rapporteurs were also informed on the reforms implemented in Azerbaijan in the field of actual increasing the efficiency of justice in all Europe, including the most transparent selection of judges which is regarded as an example in Europe. Guests have hailed reforms in judicial and legal system, noting the efficient reciprocal activity with the Ministry of Justice, expressed confidence that the bilateral relations would successfully continue in the years to come.
The sides had efficient exchange of views on prospects of cooperation, improving the legislation, application of alternative types of punishment and on other subjects.
The head of the Council of Europe s Baku Office Dragana Philipovich and the head of permanent delegation of Azerbaijan to PACE, the Member of Parliament Samad Seyidov attended the meeting.
Guests got acquainted with the Justice History Museum in the ministry.