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IOM Azerbaijan in Brief

 

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Azerbaijan has been an IOM Member State
since 2001

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IOM Azerbaijan has launched its first publication, “TERRA Toolkit: Community Approach to Radicalization”, devoted to different issues of preventing violent extremism and radicalization as a part of USAID funded Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity.

 

 

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IOM conducts vocational trainings for young people in the region

 

 

 

The mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to Azerbaijan is working on raising youth's vocational skills within the framework of the USAID-funded ‘Public Action for Resilience (PAR) Activity’ project. Since June, a total of 106 young people have been selected for vocational trainings in Guba, Zagatala and Lankaran districts. In the trainings that will continue until September, young people are involved in the module training they choose. Module-1 is a professional accounting and tax specialist training program, and module-2 is ECDL training (the European Computer Driving License). In addition, both modules includes English language, as well as CV writing, job recruitment and interview skills trainings.

106 young people were selected for vocational trainings among those who applied from Guba-Gusar-Khachmaz, Shaki-Balakan-Zagatala and Masalli-Lankaran-Astara districts according to the project geographical coverage.

 

 

 

 

IOM teams up with Azeri Academia to Study Ancient Water Supply Systems

 

 

 

Ganja, Azerbaijan - The lack of sustainable water supplies has always been a factor in human migration. As the climate changes, this phenomenon has become even more significant, and now IOM in Azerbaijan is embarking on a study of some of humanity’s oldest and most efficient water supply systems.

 

The study focuses on the kahriz - a man-made, centuries-old, gravity-fed traditional water-supply system that does not need electricity or fossil fuel to function. This method – very much alive in Azerbaijan and the surrounding region - ensures the access to water for current and future generations and contributes to local communities’ quality of life. 

 

A Project Implementation Agreement on the establishment of Kahriz Research and Information Centre and kahriz engineering course was signed last week in Ganja,  Azerbaijan’s second city, between IOM Chief of Mission Vladimir Gjorgjiev, and Ibrahim Jafarov, rector of Azerbaijan State Agricultural University (ASAU).

 

The Kahriz Research and Information Centre will be a unique facility for collecting, researching and disseminating information and knowledge on kahriz systems. ASAU faculty members will receive training on kahriz engineering and develop a training curriculum jointly with IOM.

 

“We are already implementing a project to renovate 40 kahrizes in selected regions of Azerbaijan close to IDPs communities, but we want to ensure sustainability of this process so that collected experience and knowledge will pass to the next generations,” said Vladimir Gjorgjiyev.

 

For ASAU, Mr Jafarov, Rector noted that the university has “all the necessary capacity, both human and facility resources for implementing this project to a high level, and we believe that this partnership will open new research perspectives to sustainability of kahriz engineering.”

The project is financed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and focuses on improving the water supply in rural areas through the renovation of over 40 kahriz systems in areas which have a high number of internally displaced persons. In addition to renovating the kahrizes, the project includes components of local capacity building, irrigation improvement, support for IDPs’ small business start-ups, among others.

 

Media coverage of Project Implementation Agreement between IOM and ASAU

 

 

 

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The representatives IOM Mission in Azerbaijan has visited the Lankaran State University

 

 

 

On 11 July 2019, the representatives of International Organization for Migration (IOM) headed by Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of Mission, had a cooperation meeting with the representatives of Lankaran State University (LSU) represented by Idrak Asgerov, Vice-Rector for Teaching and Learning Technologies, Kamran Kazomov, Vice-Rector for Social Affairs and Zaur Mammadov, Head of International Relations Department. The prospects for possible cooperation within the framework of IOM projects were discussed at the meeting. IOM and LSU representatives agreed to hold new meetings to discuss further partnership and co-operation of both sides in terms of increasing sustainability and transferring knowledge and skills for future career opportunities for young people, including university students.

 

 

 

The representatives of IOM visited Masalli district

 

 

 

On 11 July 2019, the representatives of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan headed by Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of Mission, visited Masalli district to monitor small businesses supported within the Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity project implemented by IOM jointly with the State Committee on Religious Associations with a financial support from USAID Azerbaijan.

During the site visit to Masalli district the representatives of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan met the beneficiaries of the project, Benare Hajiyeva resident of Bina-Khojavar village, who has a home-based tailoring business. The other site visits were to hair-dressing business, owned by Dadashovs’ family and furnuture workshop belonged to Mammad Teymurlu located also in Bina-Khojavar village. The visit proved that the businesses of the beneficiaries are developing successfully and they are already thinking about expanding their activities.

The aim of the CRV is to prevent the transformation of selected population groups into projected migration, human trafficking, labor exploitation, forced labor, and the transformation of victims into violent extremism and radicalization, and to increase their resilience to different socio-economic challenges.

 

 

 

UN representatives met IDPs

 

 

 

On July 9 2019, Vladimir Gjorgjiev, Head of the Mission of the International Organization for Migration in Azerbaijan, together with heads of other United Nation’s local offices in the country and government representatives took part in the event entitled “One day with internally displaced persons: No one is left without attention” organized by the State Committee for Affairs of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in the Shikharh settlement for IDPs located in the Tartar district. During the visit, the UN Youth Advisory Council conducted a training for young IDPs on sustainable development goals. At the end of the event, UN representatives visited the village of Beimsarov in the Tartar district, where they met with IDPs who settled here.

 

 

 

The representatives of the IOM Mission in Azerbaijan visited the Victim Assistance Centre

 

 

 

On 3 July 2019, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief and Ms. Marija Nikolovska, Programme Officer of the IOM Mission in Azerbaijan met with Ms. Habiba Garibova, the Director of the Victim Assistance Centre (VAC) under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population.

Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev expressed his appreciation for the Victim Assistance Center's fruithfull coopeation with IOM in capacity building and raising awareness to the potential and identified victims of trafficking (VoTs). Mr. Valdimir Gjorgiev further emphasised the importance of continuation of the cooperation in future to benefit those in need.

Ms. Habiba Garibova gave a brief overview of the about the Center’ s capacity and operations. VAC have been operational for 14 years and have been supporting victims of trafficking and victims of domestic violence. “Beneficiaries are offered a wide range of comprehensive services including medical, psychosocial, legal, educational, training and assistance in finding employment” said Garibova.

Ms. Garibova informed the meeting of the ongoing construction of the new VAC building in the Zabrat settlement aiming at increasing of the VAC’s operational activities. The new VAC will become operational in 2020.

Ms. Marija Nikolovska said that VAC’s capacity building and awreness raising activities held in regions throughout Azerbaijan are of great importance towards overall objective in countering human trafficking and assisting victims of trafficking.

The parties agreed to continue with regular meetigns and future cooperation.

 

 

 

Media coverage of the meeting at the Victim Assistance Centre

 

 

 

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Notification on Extension

 

Services: Development of a Draft National Master Plan for Kahriz Revitalization in Azerbaijan

 

 

 

Notification on Extension

 

REQUESTS FOR QUOTATIONS (RFQ):

 

In the framework of Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity, the IOM invites interested eligible Suppliers to submit Quotations for the supply and delivery of fruit dryer machine (with natural gas)

 (in two languages – English and Azerbaijani)

 

To          :         All concerned

Project   :          Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV)

Ref. No. :          CRV-002/2019

Date       :         25 June 2019

Closing date of submission is July 8, 2019 at 18:00 (Baku time).

RFQ-FRUIT DRYER.DOC

 

 

In the framework of Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity, the IOM invites interested eligible Suppliers to submit Quotations for the supply and delivery of Potato harvesting unit

 (in two languages – English and Azerbaijani)

 

To          :         All concerned

Project   :          Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV)

Ref. No. :          CRV-003/2019

Date       :         25 June 2019

Closing date of submission is July 8, 2019 at 18:00 (Baku time).

RFQ-HARVESTER.DOC

 

 

 

 

 

IT and dancing rooms were given to the disposal of Balaken youth

 

 

 

IOM Azerbaijan continues to support Youth Houses within the ‘Public Action for Resilience (PAR) Activity’ funded by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Azerbaijan and implemented by IOM Azerbaijan in close cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan since September 2018. The aim of PAR activity is to strengthen local resilience to different types of existing socio-economic challenges.

On 28 June 2019, an opening ceremony of an IT Room and a Dancing Room at the Youth House was held in Balaken district. Along with USAID representative Emin Mammadli, and IOM representative the small-scale event was attended by Ms Nazakat Rustamova, Deputy of Executive Power Office of Balaken district, Mr Rasim Pachalov, Head of Balaken Youth and Sport Department attended the opening ceremony, and Mr Taleh Shahverdiyev, Head of Balaken Youth House.

Within the PAR Activity IT Room was overhauled thoroughly and equipped with a set of IT equipment (PCs, smart board, projector etc.) designed for learning process of up to fifteen students; in turn, Dancing Room was established with necessary accessories as big glasses, handrails etc. Both IT Room and Dancing Room is already operational given to the disposal of Balaken youth.

 

 

 

Media coverage of an opening ceremony of an IT Room and a Dancing Room at Balaken Youth House

 

 

 

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Migrants learn Azerbaijani language

 

 

 

On June 28 2019, Vladimir Gjorgjiev, Chief of the International Organization for Migration Mission to Azerbaijan attended the ceremony of awarding certificates for graduates of the sixth-month Azerbaijani language course organized for the migrants living in the Azerbaijan in the headquarter of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society (AzRCS).

It should be noted that the Az.RCS has been providing free language courses for migrants from foreign countries living in Azerbaijan since 2013.

 

 

 

Fatal Journeys 4: Lack of Data on Missing Migrant Children Leads to Gaps in Protection 

 

 

 

A new report from the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) highlights the need for better data on migrant deaths and disappearances, particularly those of missing migrant children.

This year’s Fatal Journeys 4 report focuses on the theme of missing migrant children, given the growing number embarking on dangerous migrant journeys. According to IOM data, nearly 1,600 children – an average of almost one every day – were reported dead or missing between 2014 and 2018, though many more go unrecorded.

Detailed information on Report you can find here: https://publications.iom.int/system/files/pdf/fatal_journeys_4.pdf

 

 

 

IOM and KOICA visit to monitor the Kahriz renovation progress

 

 

 

IOM Mission to Azerbaijan is implementing “Integrated Rural Development for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Communities in Azerbaijan through Revitalization of the Kahriz Water Supply System” project, financed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Recently the representatives of IOM and KOICA have visited to Banovshalar IDP Settlement located in Agdam district to monitor the Kahriz renovation progress. They had a meeting with community members of Banovshalar IDP Settlement who are the potential beneficiaries of Kahriz rehabilitation in Aghdam district.

The four-year project aims to provide safe and consistent water supplies for over 8,000 families in eight districts through the renovation of 40 kahrizes – a traditional, sustainable water supply system.

 

 

 

Media coverage of IOM, KOICA visit to monitor the Kahriz renovation progress

 

 

 

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IOM AZERBAIJAN ANNOUNCES TWO NEW REQUESTS FOR QUOTATIONS (RFQ):

 

In the framework of Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity, the IOM invites interested eligible Suppliers to submit Quotations for the supply and delivery of fruit dryer machine (with natural gas)

 (in two languages – English and Azerbaijani)

 

To          :         All concerned

Project   :          Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV)

Ref. No. :          CRV-002/2019

Date       :         25 June 2019

Closing date of submission is July 1, 2019 at 18:00 (Baku time).

RFQ-FRUIT DRYER.DOC

 

 

In the framework of Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity, the IOM invites interested eligible Suppliers to submit Quotations for the supply and delivery of Potato harvesting unit

 (in two languages – English and Azerbaijani)

 

To          :         All concerned

Project   :          Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV)

Ref. No. :          CRV-003/2019

Date       :         25 June 2019

Closing date of submission is July 1, 2019 at 18:00 (Baku time).

RFQ-HARVESTER.DOC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Access to free legal assistance in four regional ASAN service hubs

 

 

 

UN Migration Agency, International Organization for Migration is implementing the Rule of Law Project with the financial support from the US State Department. The project is supporting the efforts for increasing the access of population to professional legal services. With the same purpose the Project initiated the operation of Legal Aid Centers in four regional hubs of Azerbaijan. The initiative was supported by the Ministry of Justice, Bar Association of the Republic of Azerbaijan and ASAN Service. As a result of close cooperation among the agencies the Legal aid Centers were opened in Barda, Gabala, Imishli and Masalli ASAN Service centers since February 2019.

By the end of May the Centers recieved 806 people in 1249 cases approaching the centers with various types of legal problems. 36% of the applicants were females and 33 % of cases were the issues under the court jurisdiction. The legal cases analysis in the first three months show that the 24% of assisted cases are related with bank loans, 16% were property related matters, 15% family issues, 10 % labor and social protection. In addition to these legal cases the other applications covered various areas such as inheritance, migration law, tax law, communal services, citizenship and registration, and the criminal and administrative cases.

The applicants demonstrate great satisfaction from the services which were carried free of charge. As of the Project’s objectives the amount spent for administrative and court proceedings were also reimbursed to the applicants. The services continue to be implemented successfully.   

 

 

 

The representatives of the IOM Mission to Azerbaijan visited the State Oil Fund

 

 

 

On 19 June 2019, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan met with Shahmar Movsumov, CEO of the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Introducing himself Mr. Gjorgjiev gave valuable information to Shahmar Movsumov about IOM history, principles, its global and local projects, achievements, and role of the IOM Azerbaijan in country level affairs, international and regional migration processes. Mr. Gjorgjiev expressed the interest in future cooperation with the State Oil Fund in arears of mutual interests.

The sides exchanged views on the issues of mutual interest as well as the prospects of the cooperation.

 

 

 

Media Coverage of the meeting with CEO of Oil Fond

 

 

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The representatives of the IOM Mission to Azerbaijan visited the Ministry of Education

 

 

 

On 18 June 2019, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan met with Jeyhun Bayramov, the Minister of Education.

Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev spoke about the general outcomes of Mission’s projects in Azerbaijan and expressed the interest of the organization in cooperation with the Ministry in the framework of projects implemented in the country.

During the meeting the current cooperation relations between the Ministry of Education and the IOM Mission and their prospects of further development were discussed.

 

 

 

Media Coverage of the meeting with Ministry of Education

 

 

 

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IOM Azerbaijan organizes a training on creating models on assistance to the minors experienced violence

 

 

 

On 12-14 June 2019, International Organization for Migration Mission to Azerbaijan organized tree-day training on Creating models on assistance to the minors experienced violence within the counter-trafficking in person’s component of the Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity. This project is implemented by IOM Azerbaijan jointly with the Government of Azerbaijan and civil society organizations with a financial support from USAID Azerbaijan. The three-day training was attended by staff members of the shelters run civil society organizations, as well as employees of the Victim Assistance Centre under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population. The training will cover topics on the improvement of the services provided to the vulnerable children at the shelters and centers, the possible ways of development the existing reintegration assistance, as well as existing practices in other countries.  

CRV project aims to reduce the vulnerabilities of the population, in particular, youth and women by enhancing their resilience, assisting them to start income generation activities and by the promotion of multi-stakeholder dialogue among public sector, civil society, academia and the private sector on preventing vulnerabilities.

 

 

 

Media coverage of a training on creating models on assistance to the minors experienced violence

 

 

 

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Notification on Extension

Services: Mapping Locations, Conducting Technical Assessments and Developing a Bilingual Atlas of Kahrizes across Azerbaijan

 

 

 

 

Further cooperation between IOM Azerbaijan and the State Customs Committee was discussed

 

 

 

On 13 June 2019, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan met with Safar Mehdiyev, Chairman of the Customs Committee. The meeting took place at the Heyder Aliyev Center during the Information Technologies and Technological Innovations Conference organized by the World Customs Organization.

The Chairman of the State Customs Committee informed about the measures taken to improve the business environment, entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan, simplify and accelerate international trade, as well as the establishment of a more efficient and transparent customs business, which plays an important role in shaping the country's economy. Mehdiyev said that currently there are effective cooperation relations among customs bodies, migration and border services of Azerbaijan and it gives positive results in the fight against illegal migration.

Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev spoke about the general outcomes of Mission’s projects in Azerbaijan and noted the importance of customs authorities' participation in projects aimed at strengthening migration and border management potential, adding that it would create conditions for further expansion of mutual exchange of experience. The sides exchanged views on the issues of mutual interest and came to the agreement to establish a working group to work on the future initiatives.

 

 

 

Media Coverage of the meeting with Chairman of Customs Committee

 

 

 

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The IOM Azerbaijan experience working in partnership with relevant Government institutions and partners to improve the border management system

 

 

 

Information Technology & Innovation were on the agenda at the World Customs Organization IT&TI Conference held in Azerbaijan on 12-14 June. For the first time, the WCO has merged its two major public-private sector events that contribute to the shaping of Customs technology-related initiatives, namely the Information Technology (IT) Conference & Exhibition and the Technology & Innovation (TI) Forum, into one major event - the WCO IT/TI Conference and Exhibition.

The chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan Vladimir Gjorgjiev participated as a speaker in the plenary session “Smart airports for seamless travel” alongside with Felipe Mendes Moraes, Fiscal Auditor of Brazilian Federal Revenue Service, Falah Al Sammak, Senior Manager of Dubai Customs at Airport Terminal 2, David Coyles, Counsellor Customs of Australian Embassy in Brussels, Timothy Norton, Global Market Director, Ports & Borders, Smiths Detection. The main question of the discussion was that - are Customs and border agencies making full use of new technologies and other developments that can speed up the movement of passengers? 

During the plenary session, moderated by Milena Budimirovic from World Customs Organization, Chief of Mission Vladimir Gjorgjiev emphasized that since it is the experience, the skillful use of new technologies that allow us to cope with the increasing level of passengers’ traffic IOM continuously assists the government of Azerbaijan with capacity building, networking, research and awareness raising activities. In his speech he highlighted key areas where IOM collaborates with the government.

Vladimir Gjorgjiev noted that IOM supports inter-institutional cooperation by bringing together border and migration agencies in the training activities and workshops, improving their language skills and providing them new tools in line with the international and EU standards. “IOM supported software and hardware development and procurement for the State Migration Service, State Border Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Justice Academy of the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan,” said Gjorgjiev.

Talking about the legislation the Chief of Mission noted that IOM tries to eliminate disparities in the local legislation with international standards. “For example, the “Comparative review of customs-related legislation of the EU and the Republic of Azerbaijan”, developed by an IOM expert assisted the State Customs Committee to finalize the procedure for “Customs Clearance of Goods and Means of Transport by Physical Persons at the Customs Border.”   

According to him, a comprehensive information and awareness, which has become the main goal of one of the IOM local projects, is of great importance in this area. “IOM, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Migration Service and ASAN Service developed a comprehensive information campaign to raise awareness among the population of the country, Azerbaijani migrant communities abroad and foreigners coming to Azerbaijan about safe, regular and orderly migration, about smooth mobility of people, including visa regulations, migration procedures and new services available at Azerbaijani diplomatic representations in the European Union.”

In conclusion Gjorgjiev emphasized that IOM intends to support the Government of Azerbaijan in enhancing the national capacities related to passenger data collection and processing. “The initiative aims to support policy dialogue, legislative review, IT improvements, international cooperation and understanding of best practices in implementing ICAO standards.”

The three-day conference and exhibition provided a platform that brought together key partners from Customs administrations, relevant agencies and ministries, the private sector, regional economic communities, international organizations, development partners and academia and offered ample opportunities for networking and receiving more detailed information about the latest technological solutions available on the market.

 

 

 

Closure of “Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan (ENCT)” project

 

 

 

On 12 June 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission to Azerbaijan held a closing conference of the EU-funded project “Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan (ENCT)”, the project also co-funded by the IOM Development Fund. The closing conference gathered project beneficiaries, stakeholders, officials from the ministries and diplomatic corps.

Representatives of the State Migration Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Justice Academy of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan, UN Resident Coordinator and the  Chief of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan delivered speeches highlighting the contribution of the ENCT project and its effectiveness in  countering human trafficking and protecting victims of human trafficking in Azerbaijan.

 

The UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Gulam Ishaqzai, Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Kestutis Yankauskas and Chief of the IOM Mission to Azerbaijan Vladimir Gjorgijev reitererated the support and active participation  of the Government of Azerbaijan in this project coordination and implementation. It was noted that Azerbaijan ratified the relevant conventions and protocols of the UN and Council of Europe and is fulfilling its international commitments in the fight against human trafficking. Azerbaijan, in line with these commitments, is also very active in implementation of it  comprehensive counter trafficking legislation and criminal prosecution of the trafficking crime.

 

The representatives of beneficiary organizations of the project – Mr. Heydar Heydarov, Chief of the Main Department on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of Ministry of Internal Affairs, Police General-Major,  Mr. Parviz Musayev Deputy Head of State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Alimirzamin Askarov, Head of Department on Humanitarian and Social Issues of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Elchin Khalafov, Acting rector of Justice Academy of Ministry of Justice in their speeches apprreciated IOM work in this feild and outlined project's contribution to the effective fight against human trafficking in Azerbaijan and the protection of human trafficking victims in the country.

 

Head of Immigration and Border Management Unit of the IOM, Ms. Meltem Ersan provided an extensive information on the achievements and contribution of the ENCT project which has the following specific objectives:

-          To assist in enhancement of the capacity of the criminal prosecution authorities to better prosecute Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) cases and protect the rights of victims and potential victims of human trafficking;

-          To strengthen the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) through interagency coordination at different levels and building capacity of relevant stakeholders;

-          To enhance regional and international cooperation and partnerships to fight against human trafficking and protection of VoTs.

 

 

Summarizing the results of the project, Vladimir Gjorgjiev said that today in the countering trafficking of human beings, three important factors should be taken into consideration. First one is the methods of criminal groups and trafficking regime is constantly changing, and new criminal strategies are created. This means that the methods of addressing such crimes should be regularly updated; secondly, theoretical knowledge, training materials, manuals need to be applied to practice and updated in accordance with evolving of the crime. Thirdly, the Government of Azerbaijan continuous work on improving the  methods to fighting traffickers , will ultimately turn the country into a leader in this area and in the region, from whom other regional countries can not only learn, but also adopt the best practice.

 

 

Certificated of Appreciation were presented to the participants of the project at the end of the event.

 

Since November 2016, International Organization for Migration’s Mission to Azerbaijan has been implementing Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking (ENCT) project in Azerbaijan. The project supported the Government of Azerbaijan in combating human trafficking and consequently transnational organized crime by applying a comprehensive, holistic and multidisciplinary approach. The action focused on the specific competencies and needs of Government agencies, in coordination with whom the project has been designed and is implemented in partnerships. The overall objective of this 32-month project was to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Azerbaijan in effectively countering the human trafficking and protecting victims of human trafficking.

 

 

 

Media coverage of the closing conference of ENCT project

 

 

 

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The Chief of IOM Mission meets the first Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs

 

 

 

On 11 June 2019, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan met with Mr. Vilayat Eyvazov, the National Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, the first Deputy Minister of Internal affairs, the police lieutenant-general.

Introducing himself Mr. Gjorgjiev expressed his satisfaction with the cooperation between the two organizations and interest in continuing to collaborate within the new projects. He said that the Ministry of Internal affairs is one of the most important partner of IOM Azerbaijan and the associates of the special police authority actively participated in workshops, conferences and trainings conducted by Mission in order to increase the capacities in the field of trafficking in human beings, forced labor and provision of assistance to the victims.

Mr. Vilayat Eyvazov expressed a deep gratitude to the guest for close assistance in implementation of state policy in this important field, and for the cooperation relationships being of great benefit for common work.

During the meeting opportunities for cooperation, proposals for new projects were discussed.

 

 

 

Media coverage of the visit to Ministry of İnternal Affairs

 

 

 

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Workshop on Labour Migration Governance & Protection of Migrant Workers

 

 

 

On 11-12 June 2019, the IOM Mission to Azerbaijan organized a two-day workshop on Labour Migration Governance and Protection of Migrant Workers with the participation of representatives from the national institutions, civil society organizations and private sector. The workshop was organized in the framework of the project ‘Enhancing Cooperation Measures to Effectively Combat Trafficking in Persons through Capacity Building and Technical Assistance in Azerbaijan (ECMCT) – Phase VI’ funded by the US Department of State - Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

 

Opening speeches were provided by Mr. William Solley, Political Officer at US Embassy to Azerbaijan, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan, and Mr. Fuad Jabbarov, Head of Labour Migration Sector of the Department of Employment Policy of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population.

 

The workshop provided international and national participants, relevant officials from state bodies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and active in the field with the opportunity to discuss and exchange experiences, approaches and broaden their knowledge on labour migration governance and protection of migrant workers.

 

Topics discussed at the workshop included government, private sector, and recruitment industries interests, priorities and concerns in developing Labour Migration Policies and Programmes; Trade Unions role in protection migrant workers’ rights; Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery & Trafficking; Improvement of Worker Complaints Mechanisms; Addressing Risks & Challenges in the Recruitment Process etc. Using a wide variety of examples of government programmes and policies for managing economic migration, the workshop highlighted issues relating to labour supply and demand matching, sector development, international cooperation, as well as protection of migrant workers´ rights throughout the labour migration process and eliminated labour exploitation.

 

ECMCT– Phase VI contributes to international efforts in preventing human trafficking in persons by raising awareness of migrant workers of their rights and by highlighting measures they can take to prevent putting themselves in a position where they are vulnerable to labor exploitation, thereby reducing their vulnerability to abuse and exploitation.

 

 

 

Media coverage of Workshop on Labour Migration Governance & Protection of Migrant Workers

 

 

 

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The representatives of the IOM Mission in Azerbaijan visited the Confederation of Trade Unions of Azerbaijan

 

 

 

On 10 June 2019, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan met with Mr. Sattar Mohbaliyev, the Chairman of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Azerbaijan.

Introducing himself Mr. Gjorgjiev expressed his satisfaction with the cooperation between the two organizations and interest in continuing to collaborate within the new projects.

For his part, Mr. Sattar Mohbaliyev gave valuable information about a history of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Azerbaijan, the largest public organization in the country, its local and international projects, achievements, and role of the organization in protecting workers rights.

Mr. Mohbaliyev said that a working group was set up at their organization on the work with migrant workers. The main purpose of the working group is to inform, explain the rights to migrant workers, support and help them.

During the meeting opportunities for cooperation, proposals for new projects were discussed.

Coverage of the meeting at the Confederation of Trade Unions

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Official visit to the project partners in the Regional Legal Aid Center in Masalli

 

 

 

On 3 June 2019, within the framework of “E-Learning Solutions to Support Justice Academy of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan Phase II”, project implemented by IOM Azerbaijan with the Azerbaijan Bar Association and financed by U.S. Department of State (INL), an official visit was organized to the Regional Legal Aid Center based at Masalli ASAN Service.

The visitors had a chance to see the ASAN service operation and to monitor the work of the Legal Aid Center.  The victors received brief information from the consultants working in the center about the positive progress achieved for the period starting from February. During the discussions, it was mentioned by the consultant lawyers that the existence of such a center is giving positive results and the level of quality of service that individuals are receiving is encouraging sign and have prompted a significant interest. Thus, a huge gratitude is expressed by the individuals receiving the free legal service in this Center.

Furthermore, as a part of the project activities, visitors witnessed the beneficiaries getting reimbursements for the costs incurred during the court proceedings.  These beneficiaries are individuals who received legal assistance during the last month. The activity was successfully carried out and beneficiaries showed their appreciation for the service provided.

 

Media coverage

 

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Azertag.az

 

 

 

Workshop on the role of diplomatic missions in combating human trafficking

 

 

 

On 31 May 2019, IOM Mission to Azerbaijan organized EU-funded workshop on the role of diplomatic missions in combating human trafficking in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The event was held within the framework of the project Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan (ENCT) funded by the European Union and co-funded by IOM Development Fund.

The workshop provided national and international participants, relevant officials from diplomatic representations, including embassies of EU Member States, as well as Embassies of Moldova, Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine in Baku, international organizations and relevant state bodies of the Republic of Azerbaijan active in the field with the opportunity to exchange experiences, approaches and skills on combating human trafficking at both local and international levels.

Opening speeches were provided by Mr. Kestutis Jankauskas, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan, Ambassador, Mr. Heydar Heydarov, the Chief of the Main Department on Combating Human Trafficking of Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mr. Faig Baghirov, the Head of Consular Department, Ambassador and Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan. 

Heydar Heydarov in his speech touched upon measures taken within the Government of Azerbaijan – Ministry of Internal Affairs to combat human trafficking and provided the recent statistics on human trafficking cases. Mr. Heydarov noted that during past last 5 years in Azerbaijan the operation of the international criminal network was prevented, 2 organized groups and 58 criminal groups were neutralized. 312 out of 356 victims of human traffickers were placed in a safe shelter, and each of them received one-time allowance, and 280 victims received aid from the Aid Foundation.

Topics discussed at the workshop included challenges and best practices in coordination among relevant state agencies on exchange of information on Trafficking in Human Beings (THB); Awareness raising on THB in diplomatic representations in Azerbaijan; The role of Embassies in providing first-hand assistance to Victims of Trafficking in the country of destination, and current consular assistance and support in the field of THB.

The workshop also covered such topics as information exchange and assistance provision to victims of trafficking, the diplomatic missions’ expertise in this regard, the paramount importance of effective communication and teamwork between the states, initiatives taken in ensuring effective implementation of 4Ps (prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership) in the field.

It should be mentioned that the overall objective of the ENCT project is to strengthen the capacity of the government of Azerbaijan in effectively countering the human trafficking and protecting victims of trafficking.

 

 

 

Media coverage of workshop for diplomats

 

 

 

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