ArmInfo. Members of the National Preventive Group (NPG) under the Ombudsman of Azerbaijan conducted another visit to the Baku pre-trial detention center-1 of the penitentiary service without prior notice, the Turan news agency reports.
The report reads:
"They [NPG members] received and listened to many prisoners, including Armenian citizens, who were arrested on charges of participating in terrorist and sabotage groups in the territories of Azerbaijan liberated from occupation after the cessation of hostilities on November 10, 2020. These persons were also presented with legislative acts in their language concerning their rights, the press service of the Ombudsman's office said.
"Representatives of the Ombudsman, among whom there was a qualified doctor, examined the conditions of detention of prisoners - the condition, size, lighting, ventilation of the cells. In addition, the conditions of personal hygiene and sanitation, medical care, and nutrition were checked.
"During the regular meetings, it was noted that the requirements of the legislation are observed with respect to these persons, their rights are ensured, the necessary medical and psychological assistance is provided, leisure activities are effectively organized.
"In turn, the admitted persons reported that they had no complaints about the conditions of detention, appeals, had access to telephone communication, correspondence opportunities, access to media information, medical services.
"The arrested persons also have access to books and information materials in their own language, they are given the opportunity to freely meet with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
"It should be noted that in December 2020, more than 70 servicemen of the Armenian Armed Forces were detained in the Hadrut district, who illegally entered the territory of Azerbaijan after reaching a ceasefire agreement on November 10.
"They were charged with illegally crossing the border and committing other crimes. Those arrested were sentenced to various terms of punishment. Some of them have already been released and handed over to Armenia. However, about 30 people remain in custody."
After the 44-day war, Azerbaijan captured several dozen Armenian servicemen and civilians and has since been keeping them in prisons despite international conventions, as well as calls by the leaders of a number of states and international agencies.