Baku, February 10 (AZERTAC). 12 years elapse since the capital punishment was abolished in Azerbaijan. The late president of Azerbaijan Republic Heydar Aliyev on February 10, 1998, decreed on abolishment of dearth penalty in the country. The act was a factor which raised image and reputation of Azerbaijan on the international arena.

This was one of the key principles of democratization of society, to form perfect state administration taking into account characteristic features of the transition period. This ensured the concept of socio-political stability in the country.

The newly adopted Constitution stipulated legal reforms in the criminal and civil judiciary to protect human rights and freedoms.

Progressive reforms of the national leader of Azerbaijan covered all spheres of society, including the legal-court system.

Heydar Aliyev made a courageous step to integrate the Euro-Atlantic space, issuing in 1998 a decree on abolishment of the death penalty for the first time both in the East and the CIS space.

On his return to power, the national leader of Azerbaijan reestablished the institute of pardoning, the act which ensured application of fair and flexible mechanism in the judiciary system.

Incumbent president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, successfully continuing the domestic and foreign policy of the national leader, adheres to the strategic policy of democratization and basic human rights and freedoms in society that enables the citizens to enjoy the right to pardoning. The head of Azerbaijan State has issued several acts of amnesty as a result of which thousands of prisoners could freely integrate to society.

The steps taken in this field are highly estimated by relevant international human rights structures, including the OSCE, the Council of Europe.

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