OHCHR established its presence in Azerbaijan in May 2007. OHCHR provides technical assistance and advisory expertise in strengthening national capacities to promote and protect human rights. It promotes the participation of national actors in UN human right mechanisms in Azerbaijan. OHCHR operates as part of the OHCHR Regional Office in the South Caucasus supporting the work of OHCHR Senior Human Rights Adviser, based in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Over the last two decades, the engagement of the Azerbaijani government and national civil society actors within the UN human rights process has been significant. Azerbaijan has become a party to the majority of UN human rights Conventions, thus committing to embrace international standards in human rights and acceding to and ratifying various human rights conventions, including the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Convention against Torture (CAT), and Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). OHCHR supports national interlocutors in the implementation of recommendations of the UN human rights bodies. One of OHCHR’s main tasks is to assist the national interlocutors in implementing and following-up the recommendations of the UN Treaty Bodies, Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and UN Special Procedure mechanisms.
In close cooperation with the Azerbaijan’s National Human Rights Institution – the Ombudsman – OHCHR promotes human rights in such areas as policy development, advocacy, training, civic education, developing national human rights action plans, and promoting international human rights instruments. Together they provide expert advisory services, training courses and workshops to build the capacity of national partners to use the UN human rights mechanisms and facilitate their participation in international advocacy.
OHCHR, in particular, supports the civil society organizations focused on human rights education by providing educational and training resources, including organizing translation into national languages and publication of various human rights thematic materials produced by OHCHR. This includes translation and publication of the relevant UPR documents, Treaty Bodies’ observations and Special Rapporteurs’ reports, and other international instruments to supplement the national training and educational resources and libraries.
Since its establishment, OHCHR has been also involved in a number of public discussions of the post-UPR process with a view to elaborate modalities for effective national-level implementation of the UPR recommendations, involving different stakeholders such as governmental and civil society representatives.
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