UNHCR Representative in Azerbaijan visited the State
Committee for Refugees and IDPs
Dag Sigurdson, Representative of the UNHCR Office in
Azerbaijan has visited the office of the State Committee for
Refugees and IDPs. Mr Ali Hasanov, deputy Prime Minister,
Chairman of the State Committee met with Mr Sigurdson. It
was noted that the UNHCR has long standing experience of
providing humanitarian and technical assistance in solution
of refuges and IDPs’ problems in Azerbaijan.
Hostel inhabited by IDPs from Zengilan has been renovated
was a long time that no one has carried out renovation or
repair works at hostel of the Oil Machinery factory no 2,
located in Zabrat 1 settlement and inhabited by IDPs from
Zengilan. Total no of IDPs residing in the building is 400
persons, consisting of 90 families and they have suffered a
lot from inadequate living conditions.
State Committee for Refugees and IDPs: Majority of IDPs
still live in inadequate conditions
to the representative of the State Committee for Refugees
and IDPs, up to now the state has improved the housing
conditions for 40,000 families of IDPs, including 180,000
individuals. In 2013, 1440 IDP families were relocated from
the dormitories of the Baku State University and from the
administrative buildings of Medical Emergency Station to
newly constructed houses in Mushvigabad settlement.
UNHCR organized a Global Dialogue on IDP Protection in
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees organized Global
Dialogue on IDP Protection in Geneva, Switzerland on 11-12
December 2013. The representatives of member states, the UN
agencies, international and national NGOs as well as the
mass media took part in the work of the Global Dialogue on
Protection of IDPs. Praxis representative Mr Elnur Nasibov
has also taken part in the work of the Global Dialogue in
Geneva, Switzerland with the assistance of UNHCR Office in
Briefing notes on the Workshop on
Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Azerbaijan
Support to Social Development public union has organized its
annual workshop on Protection of internally displaced
persons in Azerbaijan on 27 November 2013 at ISR Plaza
hotel. The organization of the workshop has been financed by
the European Union Delegation in Azerbaijan in the framework
of the two years project on improving the protection
standards of IDPs in Azerbaijan and strengthening the
capacity of civil society organizations. The representatives
of governmental ministries and organizations, international
organizations and civil society organizations took part in
IDP children received free medical examination and treatment
Support to Social Development public union has ensured
provision of free medical examination and treatment for the
children of IDPs from Gubadli and Zengilan districts
residing at former pioneer camps in Pirshagi settlement of
Baku. The assistance has been carried out in the framework
of information, counseling and legal aid project of Praxis.
It is worth to note that due to the occupation of their
places of origin by Armenian forced, for more than 20 years
internally displaced persons have been residing pioneer
camps, sanatoriums located on the shores of Apsheron
The President of Azerbaijan
Republic visited an IDP family at their new flat
10 September 2013, Mr Ilham Aliyev, the President of
Azerbaijan Republic visited new IDP settlement consisting of
15 five storey buildings constructed in Barda for 866 IDP
families. The President has also visited a kinder-garden for
280 children constructed in the settlement. Mr Ali Hasanov,
deputy prime minister and chairman of the State Committee
for IDPs and Refugees has informed the President on the
construction and resettlement process and conditions created
for the new residents of these settlements.
Decree of the President of
Azerbaijan Republic on increasing monthly food allowance for
internally displaced persons
to section 32 of article 109 of the Constitition of
Azerbaijan Republic, I hereby decide:
The amount of the monthly food allowance for
internally dispalced persons in the Republic of Azerbaijan
approved by the Presidential decree no 1926 dated 23
December 2011 shall be increased up to 10%, as of 01
The Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan Republic shall
solve all the related issues related to this decision.
The President of Azerbaijan Republic
Baku, 22 August 2013
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not only a problem for
Azerbaijan, but for the whole region
26 June 2013, Mr Philip Lephort, representative of the EU in
the South Caucasus visited Azerbaijan and met with the
deputy prime minister of Azerbaijan Republic, Mr Ali Hasanov.
During the meeting, Mr Lephort and Mr Hasanov discussed the
issues related to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, existing
problems of IDPs in Azerbaijan and other issues. Mr Ali
Hasanov has informed the EU representative on the history of
conflict, social and psychological problems of IDPs, and
measures taken by state in order to assist and protect IDPs.
Relocation of internally
displaced persons from the hostels of Azerbaijan State Oil
Academy has started
government has started relocation of internally displaced
persons residing at the hostels of Azerbaijan State Oil
Academy. Elchin Gadimov, head of press service of the
State Committee for IDPs and Refugees has informed the
public. According to Mr Gadimov, 760 families residing
currently at 6 hostels of the State Oil Academy shall be
resettled in the newly contstructed IDP settlements in
Masazir in the framework of the state program.
According to the state program, IDPs
shall be relocated from Baku
Ali Hasanov, deputy prime minister, chairman of State
Committee for IDPs and Refugees of Azerbaijan Republic has
mentioned that in the upcoming 2-4 years, IDPs residing in
Baku, Sumgayit and Absheron shall be relocated to new
settlements. IDPs residing in Absheron shall all be
relocated to new residential massive in Gobu area.
According to Mr Hasanov, the total number of IDPs residing
in Baku, Sumgayit and Absheron is more than 300,000 persons.
Currently, 2200 IDP families are being resettleed from Baku
to Mushvigabad and Masazir settlements. This is eight to ten
thousand persons. The rest of IDPs shall be relocated to new
IDPs residing at the hostels of the Baku State University
shall start in February-March 2013
The IDPs residing at the hostels of the Baku State
University shall be relocated to newly constructed IDP
settlements in Mushvigabad starting from February-March
2013. This has been mentioned by the deputy prime minister,
chairman of the State Committee for IDPs and Refugees Mr Ali
Hasanov. Mr Chairman of the State Commitee has also
mentioned that the relocation is planned in the framework of
the State Program on Improving the Living Conditions of IDPs
and Refugees in Azerbaijan.
A group of assistants of American Congress members met with
internally displaced persons
delegation met with internally displaced persons on April 4.
Mission have come to the quarter built in the 7th mcr. of
the Binagadi district, territory of the 2nd House-building
complex. Garay Farhadov informed that, 369 families settled
temporarily in 6 building each of consisting of 9 floors.
All types of infrastructure re built in the area. These
buildings will stay in state fund after inhabitants of
quarter return to their native land. About 2 thousand
families live under existing condition in Baku. Living
conditions problems of most of the internally displaced
persons will be solved till 2015.
A group of representatives of European Parliament visited
temporary places of residence of IDPs
their visit to Azerbaijan, representatives of European
Parliament, Bas Eickhout, Dan Jorgensen, Norbert Neuser,
Alain Destexhe and others met with internally displaced
persons to see their living situation in Baku.
IDP community leaders provided information to
representatives of European Parliament on their living
conditions and general situation at the public building
number 1 of the Baku Management and Technology College.
Praxis starts implementation of a new project with the EC
has launched “Enhancing access to justice for internally
displaced persons and strengthening civil society efforts to
improve the national response in Azerbaijan” project in
January 2012 with the support of the European Commission.
The overall objective of the project is to assist internally
displaced persons in obtaining their basic rights and
freedoms to be able to realize durabl solution to their
problems. The project shall target internally dispalced
persons and returnees in Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja and Fizuli.
Presidential Decree on increasing of monthly allowances for
23 December 2011, the President of Azerbaijan Republic has
adopted a decree on increase of monthly allowance for IDPs.
In line with article 109, para 32 of the Constitution of
Azerbaijan Republic, the President has made this decision to
strengthen social protection of internally displaced persons
in the country.
Azerbaijan and World Bank have signed a loan agreement.
Azerbaijan and World Bank have signed a loan agreement in
amount of $50m for Project on “Support of living states and
income opportunities of internally displaced persons” on the
credit of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
(member of WB group). According to WB Baku office, the
agreement was signed by Deputy PM of Azerbaijan, chairman of
State Committee for Issues of Internally displaced Persons
Ali Hasanov and Said Bagirli, Acting Country Manager, World
Ali Hasanov: Relocation of the internally displaced
persons living in the houses of the local residents has
the owners of the houses settled by IDPs tolerate a little
bit, we will gradually solve this problem”
“Relocation of the internally displaced persons living in
the houses of the local residents has started. Internally
displaced persons have already been relocated from some 20
houses,” Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State
Committee for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons Ali
Hasanov told journalists, APA reports.
Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
by the item No. 32 of the article No.109 of the Constitution
of the Azerbaijan Republic I hereby resolve as follows:
To pay tuition fee of the Azerbaijan Republic citizens newly
entered bachelor and master’s degree programs of the State
Higher Educational Establishments of the Azerbaijan Republic
in the 2011/2012 academic year and studying on paid basis,
having the status of internally displaced person under the
Law of the Azerbaijan Republic “On the status of refugees
and internally displaced persons (persons displaced within
the country)” during the study term in the amount of tuition
costs approved by the decision No.120 dated June 25, 2010 of
the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan at
the expense of the state budget allocation.
Abel Maharramov: The hostels of the Baku State
University will be destroyed after resettlement of IDPs
internally displaced persons which are settled in the Baku
State University’s (BSU) student hostels will be resettled
in the near future, said BSU’s rector Abel
Maharramov.According to him, the important steps have been
taken in this direction: “This issue is being solved very
intensively. The result will be achieved in the next few
days and the resettlement will begin”.
UN makes public final number of IDPs in Azerbaijan
mln people are refugees and IDPs in the world. According to
the last report of United Nations High Commission for
Refugees (UNHCR) by the end of 2010, there are 592 860 IDPs
in Azerbaijan. APA reports that this number was reflected in
UNHCR’s report called “2010 Global Trends”. The report shows
that 43.7 million people are now displaced worldwide.
UNHCR’s 2010 Global Trends report shows that many of the
world’s poorest countries are hosting huge refugee
populations, both in absolute terms and in relation to the
size of their economies.
UNHCR to get acquainted with condition of Azerbaijani
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres will
get familiarized with the condition of the Azerbaijani
refugees and internally displaced persons driven from the
native lands as a result of the Armenian aggression.
Guterres is expected to visit Azerbaijan on May 17-19, Murad
Najafbayli, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Switzerland and
permanent envoy to the UN Geneva Office.
Details of changes to the decision on allocation of
monthly allowances called as “money for bread” for IDPs is
to the information received from Lent.az news portal, the
category of IDPs who is eligible and not eligible for
obtaining of these allowances is clearly described at the
decision on changes approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Internally displaced family received a new house
a result of was in Nagorno-Karabakh 1 million citizens of our became
refugees and IDPs and spread around different regions of
Azerbaijan. Today thousands of IDP families live in public
buildigns, student hostels, dormitories, school buildings,
kindergartens, boarding houses, hotels, tourist bases,
unfinished buildings and with their relatives. Continious
actions of Azerbaijani government toward in improving of
social conditions of IDPs, soltion of IDPs housing problems,
taking care of social problems is increasing day-by-day and
covering more new areas for the last years.
its support to the “Information, Counseling and Legal Aid”
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will continue
its support to “Praxis” Support to Social Development public
union in implementation of the Information, counseling and
legal aid project during year 2011.
The main strategy
of the program is to assist internally displaced persons and
returnees in obtaining their basic rights and freedoms to be
able to realize durable solution to their problems. The
project started in 2008 and since that more than 20,000
internally displaced persons benefited from the project
services through “Praxis” offices in Baku, Ganja, Sumgayıt,
Agdam and Fizuli.
Roundtable on the cooperation
for improving social situation of IDPs organized
Support to Social Development public union in cooperation
with the UNHCR organized a “Roundtable on the cooperation
for improving social situation of IDPs” on 26 November 2010.
The roundtable was financed by the European Commission in
the framework of the “Improving protection standards of IDPs
in Azerbaijan” project. Topics of this year Round Table were
Updates on implementation of State Program on Improving
Living Conditions of IDPs, Good international practice on
IDPs housing, and the role of NGOs in improving of IDPs
Eviction of internally
displaced person was prevented
of cases on eviction has been increased recently in a
significant manner. Lawful owners of the private apartments
temporarily occupied by IDPs apply to various courts for
eviction of IDPs from their propoerties. Unfortunately,
despite the legal provision stipulating alternative housing
for IDPs at risk of eviction, executive authorities fail to
provide alternative housing for the displaced persons. As a
result, IDPs found themselves without any alternative place
Problem of a vulnerable
family was solved positively
Support to Social Development public union deals with legal
and social problems of vulnerable groups of population in
the framework of the Information, counseling and legal aid
project. People assisted with solution of their problems
represent both urban and rural regions. Due to lack of their
rights and privileges they have to apply to local non
government organizations for assistance and information.
“Praxis” employees hosted by Georgian Young Lawyer’s
and Learning Workshop” organized with the support of Oxfam
Novib in September in Tbilisi. Georgian Young Lawyers’
Association was the host organization. Number of
organizations from Central Asia and “Praxis” was among the
invitees. The main aim of the workshop was to share
information and experiences and establish relations among
the organizations specialized in providing free legal aid to
vulnerable groups of population.