2 April 2003
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON PRISON HEALTH OPENS IN BAKU
Baku (ICRC) - The international seminar on "Health in Prison",
organized by the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan, opens today
2nd April 2003 in Baku. About 55 participants are attending this seminar for
three days to debate and share their experience on health care in the penitentiary
The ICRC expects that the event will give an outstanding opportunity for the
medical personnel working in detention places in Azerbaijan to assess the main
medical challenges on detainees' well being, and increase the medical personnel's
knowledge on international requirements for the health management and relationship
The participants include medical specialists and state officials from Azerbaijan,
as well as experts from different countries. Representatives of the World Health
Organization, GTZ and other institutions predominantly active in health care
are also attending this seminar.
In accordance with the agreement signed in June 2000 - and extended in July
2002- between the delegation and the government of Azerbaijan, the ICRC delegates
regularly carries out visits to places of detention under the jurisdiction of
the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Security.
Medical personnel of the ICRC always accompany delegates in order to provide
expertise and to improve - if deemed necessary - health in detention for the
benefit of all persons deprived of their freedom. The findings are shared with
the relevant authorities and possible recommendations are discussed in a confidential
and constructive dialogue.