Practice Relating to Rule 90. Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment
Azerbaijan’s Law concerning the Protection of Civilian Persons and the Rights of Prisoners of War (1995) provides that in international and non-international armed conflicts, all kinds of torture and outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment, carried out against civilians are prohibited. It also prohibits cruel treatment and torture, as well as attacks upon personal dignity, including humiliating and degrading treatment of prisoners of war.
Azerbaijan’s Criminal Code (1999) punishes anyone who inflicts “severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, upon a person detained or whose liberty was restricted in any other way”.
Azerbaijan’s Criminal Code (1999), as amended to 2007, provides that “torturing” of protected persons is a violation of the laws and customs of war.
The Code also punishes anyone who inflicts “severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, upon a person detained or whose liberty was restricted in any other way”.
In 1993, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of the Interior ordered that troops “in zones of combat, during military operations … must not subject an enemy taken prisoner to acts of violence or torture”.
In 2007, in its third periodic report to the Human Rights Committee, Azerbaijan stated:
Pursuant to the provisions of article 15 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the following acts are prohibited in criminal prosecutions:
“(a) Torture, the use of physical and psychological force, including medication, forced starvation, hypnosis, withholding of medical assistance, or the use of any other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment ...”.