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Legal assistance was provided to female prisoners

"Legal assistance day” was organized at the Penitentiary No. 4 (women penitentiary) of the Penitentiary Service 

The Citizen’s Labor Rights Protection League has organized "Legal assistance day” at the Penitentiary No. 4 of the Penitentiary Service on September 8, 2012.

Two female lawyers specialized in criminal law and having membership of Bar Association were involved in providing legal assistance. The lawyer Mr. Sahib Mammadov had also participated in provision of legal assistance.
The lawyers providing legal assistance were Ms. Ramazanova Aybaniz and Taghiyeva Aida. 
The legal assistance was provided in two ways. First there was organized a wide meeting with participation of all prisoners and legal advises of general character and awareness raising information were presented.
Majority of prisoners had complained regarding the grant of parole and stressed that the courts are creating serious obstacles in ensuring this right.
The chief of the penitentiary had given explanation regarding this issue and stated that there is no problem in the penitentiary regarding this and all the prisoners are provided with positive reference document.
Mr. Sahib Mammadov informed that he is going to meet with the Minister of Justice together with the members of the Public Committee on Penitentiary Service regarding the problem and discuss the issue with him.
Later there was provided individual legal assistance. All the prisoners wishing to get assistance received individual legal advises and documents were prepared to them on the place.
However, there was decided to provide sustainable legal assistance to majority of them.
13 persons applied regarding the problem of defining physical disability and asked for providing legal assistance to them.
There will be conducted a meeting at the Medical Social Expert Commission of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population in upcoming days regarding these persons and problem is going to be solved.
4 citizens of Islamic Republic of Iran asked assistance in transferring them to their country of origin in order to serve the rest of their term.
The issue of preparation of cassation to the Supreme Court and provision of lawyers has been solved for 2 persons. Advocates were assigned by the CLRPL for this case.
There had been provided advises and assistance regarding property rights, preparation of documents for female prisoners’ small children, rules of getting material aid from the state budget during the end of the term.
There was provided legal assistance to 43 persons in total. The work regarding provision of various legal assistance to 15 of them, including providing an advocate during litigations and preparing claims to courts will be carried on.
The conducted activity is funded within the Open Society Institute – Human Rights and Governance Grant Program (Budapest).
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