Parliament of Azerbaijan and ICRC promote debate on legal rights of missing people

Parliament of Azerbaijan and ICRC promote debate on legal rights of missing people
# 21 May 2009 14:11 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Elbrus Seyfullayev – APA. On Thursday, Milli Majlis, the parliament of Azerbaijan and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have organized a joint round-table to debate legislation in relation to missing persons and their families. The round-table was held within the framework of a dialogue between the Parliament of Azerbaijan and the ICRC to address the situation of persons missing as a result of armed conflict or internal violence. The one-day event has brought together members of parliament and representatives of the governmental agencies, international organizations and non-governmental organizations, which are dealing with the missing problematic. Bahar Muradova, Vice-Chairperson of the Parliament of Azerbaijan, Novruz Aslanov, President of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society and Toon Vandenhove, Head of the ICRC Delegation in Azerbaijan, welcomed the participants of the round table.
The participants of the event looked into the legal rights of missing persons and their families and state responsibilities regarding missing persons at national level. The ICRC presented a model law on missing persons and guiding principles for addressing the situation of persons missing as a result of armed conflict or internal violence. By recognizing a special legal status for the missing, national law responds to needs regarding the legal rights of the missing persons and their families faced with uncertainty and hardship.
"The ICRC believes it is important to consolidate domestic legislation on missing persons and their families. National authorities should ensure that the law is sufficiently wide in scope so as to protect rights of the missing persons and their families," – Mr Vandenhove said. - "The ICRC encourages the Government of Azerbaijan to adopt a national law on missing persons and stands ready to work together on this issue."
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