REPORT ON THE RESULTS OF THE STATISTICAL SURVEY ON VIOLENCE AGAINST THE PERSON

No. of pages: 304

Publication date: 2017

Author: STATE STATISTICAL COMMITTEE OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN/ UNFPA AZERBAIJAN CO

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Violence is a world-scale problem. It doesn’t recognize either geographical boundaries, or age limit, and neither ethnic nor religious group has been insured against this evil. People have become massive victims of brutal violence especially in armed conflicts. The people of Azerbaijan have witnessed its bitter consequences in their experience. Thousands of Azerbaijanis were killed, injured and subjected to inadmissible tortures and insults as a result of the armed aggression of Armenia against our country. Today hundreds of captives and hostages are kept in Armenia and occupied territories of Azerbaijan in unbearable condition, inveigled to forced labour and subjected to acts of violence. The acts of violence are mainly committed against women in the world.
The Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan declares the protection of the life, health, honour and dignity, private and family secrets and other values of the person. In accordance with the Constitution, the State provides guardianship to the family and ensures social and political rights of citizens of the country. Protection of the outlined values of the personality as declared by the Constitution is ensured with the entire tenor of life as well as criminal legislation of the country. Protection of person, its rights and freedoms from criminal attacks is considered one of the main objectives of the criminal legislation.
It may be no accident that the protection of person, its rights and freedoms has been promoted among other protected values in the Criminal Code developed in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Personality, its rights and freedoms – civil rights, family rights, labour rights, administrative rights and etc., are protected with the fields of law. However, criminal law protects the personality from more dangerous attacks. The life, health, freedom and personal dignity of the person are protected with the norms envisaged in the Special Section VIII of the Criminal Code valid in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Moreover, Constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens are protected in the Chapter titled “Crimes against constitutional rights and freedoms of the person and citizens” of the valid Criminal Code. All norms defining the responsibility for the crimes against person have been consolidated into a single system in the valid Criminal Code in the country. Thus, all of the crimes committed against the person – are the actions which conspire the life, health, freedom, honour and dignity, sexual inviolability, sexual freedom, rights and freedoms specified with the Constitution, family relations, normal instruction and education of juveniles, and which cause to public danger, and to be accused and penalized.