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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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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 April the Centers recieved 466 people in 909 cases approaching the centers with various types of legal problems. 46% of the applicants were females and 34 % 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.

 

 

 

IOM Azerbaijan facilitates a study visit to Lithuania for Azerbaijanian Officials

 

 

 

IOM facilitated a four-day (13-17/5) study visit to Lithuania, for eleven Azerbaijan Government officials with technical and logistical support by IOM Azerbaijan and IOM Vilnius Office under the framework of the project “Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan (ENCT)”, funded by European Union and co-funded by IOM Development Fund.

 

The objective of the study visit is to familiarize Azerbaijan representatives from Justice Academy of Ministry of Justice, Head Department on Combating Trafficking of Human Beings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as judges from capital and regional appeal courts, prosecutors from General Prosecutors Office with Lithuanian institutions that implement counter trafficking policies, national referral mechanism, coordination with relevant agencies, and with nonprofit organizations active in the field,  to effectively prevent and combat human trafficking in Azerbaijan.

During the study visit the delegation visited the Lithuanian Prosecutor‘s Office, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, the Supreme Court of Lithuania, Vilnius Crisis Centre, National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking, Lithuania Police department, State Labour Inspectorate, Center Against Human Trafficking and Exploitation, Association Men’s Crisis Center located in Kaunas, Kaunas City Municipality and Interdisciplinary Group for Combating Human Trafficking.

 

The study visit is not only a good opportunity to learn best practices and further apply them at the Azerbaijan national level, but also to establish positive working contacts with the Lithuania official and civil society representatives.

 

 

 

IOM AZERBAIJAN ANNOUNCES NEW REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS (RFQ):

Notification on Extension

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 refrigerator and butter separator machine

Now the closing date of submission is May 21, 2019 at 18:00 (Baku time).

SF 19.02 Request for Quotations (RFQ).doc   

 IOM STANDARDS OF CONDUCT IN/15 Rev. 1

 

 

 

The chief of IOM Mission meets the chairman of the State Committee

 

 

 

On May 13, 2019 Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan met with Mr. Rovshan Rzayev, the chairman of the Azerbaijan State Committee for Refugees and IDPs.

Mr. Gjorgjiev, provided information about the project Kahriz that is implemented by IOM in Azerbaijan in which IDPs are part of the project beneficiaries. Mr. Gjorgjiev said that there are two new projects proposals in the pipeline submitted for approval, which are related to assistance to vulnerable population including  IDPs . He said IOM mission would like to further expand cooperation with the State institutions including State Committee within these projects and look forward for positive collaboration.

The chairman of the State Committee informed Mr. Gjorgjiev about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the humanitarian problems caused by it. It was stated that the conflict forced 1 million 200 thousand refugees and the internally displaced person to leave their homes and because of that conflict the country faced serious problems. As he noted the scale of work done by government in Azerbaijan to improve the living conditions and material security of refugees and internally displaced persons is vast.

The chairman of the State Committee also spoke about the activities of international organizations on humanitarian assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons in the country. Mr. Rzayev emphasized the importance of the projects implemented by IOM in this direction and expressed his gratitude.

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

 

Media coverage of the meeting at State Committee

 

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The UN International Organization for Migration continues to rehabilitate ancient water wells “Kahrizes” in Azerbaijan regions

 

 

 

UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Ghulam Isaczai and Chief of the International Organization for Migration Mission to Azerbaijan Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev went to filed visits to Naftalan and Agjabadi districts. They visited the Chakil Kahriz located in the Naftalan region and reconstructed by the IOM Mission (with funds provided by KOICA) in Azerbaijan 9 years ago. Guests met the IOM's engineers and kankans (rehabilitation workers) and received information on the role of the Chakil kahriz in water supply for surrounding area and the agricultural lands. This kahriz plays a vital role in supplying domestic and irrigation water to 1,527 families (about 8,400 individuals) out of the total of 12,218 residents. Because of this environmentally sustainable water source, the local community planted around 20,000 threes over the period of 9 years in Naftalan and surrounding area.

During their visit to Agjabadi, UN officials met with Mr. Shahin Mammadov, Head of the executive power of the region. Mr. Shahin Mammadov underlined the importance of the new IOM's project for the local population, which is financed by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). In Agjabadi district IOM is planning to restore one kahriz in the territory of Husuli village. This village is with population of 4837 individuals (1029 households) and 141 individuals (46 households) IDPs live in the village. Visitors visited the area where the kahriz is located and met with the villagers. Head of village municipality Ms. Keklik Ahmedova noted that the villagers are facing an acute shortage of water and even sometimes lost their crops, and ready to assist in realization of this important  community project.

UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Ghulam Isaczai stressed the importance of protecting the kahriz by local people and promised that he would come to the opening ceremony of Husulu kahriz.

 

 

Media coverage of field trip to Naftalan, Agcabedi

 

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Students discovers International Organization for Migration in Azerbaijan

 

 

 

On 6 May 2019 Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of UN IOM Mission in Azerbaijan had a brief presention to 30 students within the framework of the project “Discover the UN by learning it”, which was organized by Azerbaijan Student Organizations’ Union (ASYOU) with financial support of the Youth Foundation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

In his presentation Mr. Gjorgjiev gave valuable information to the students about IOM history, principles, its global projects, role of the IOM in international, regional, and country level affairs, achievements, international and reginal migration processes, and the value of the migrants potentials and their contribution to the society. The students showed great interest in the locally implemented projects of IOM Azerbaijan Mission such us legislation development, border management, prevention of irregular migration, community development, return and reintegration of migrants, movement assistance, rehabilitation of subterranean water systems called “Chaheriz”, and etc. 

At the end of the presentation Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiyev answered the participants questions.

 

Media coverage of COM meeting with students

 

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IOM AZERBAIJAN ANNOUNCES NEW REQUEST 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 refrigerator and butter separator machine

Closing date of submission is May 14, 2019 at 18:00 (Baku time).

SF 19.02 Request for Quotations (RFQ).doc   

 IOM STANDARDS OF CONDUCT IN/15 Rev. 1

 

 

 

IOM Azerbaijan organizes a two-day comprehensive workshop on International Migration Law

 

 

 

On 30 April-1 May 2019 IOM organized a two-day workshop on International Migration Law (IML) in Baku, Azerbaijan. This event is held in the framework of the ‘Enhancing Cooperation Measures to Effectively Combat Trafficking in Persons through Capacity Building and Technical Assistance in Azerbaijan (ECMCT) – Phase VI’, project implemented by IOM Azerbaijan in cooperation with the relevant state institutions of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The project is funded by the US Department of State - Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

 

Mr. Elchin Khalafov, the Rector of Justice Academy, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, Chief of Mission IOM Azerbaijan and Ms. Christine Singh, a Political Specialist of USA Embassy delivered opening remarks.

 

Mr. Khalafov appreciated the IOM’s contribution to the formation of a comprehensive legal basis for combating trafficking of human being in the country, noting through the organization’s projects staff of trainers for local judges and attorneys were formed.

 

Ms. Christine Singh said that United States pays great importance to cooperation with the local government institutions of Azerbaijan which occupies a very important geographical and political location at the intersection of east and west, and overall objective of this project is to assist the government in developing migration policies and legislation that conform to International Migration Law (IML) in order to manage migration and combat human trafficking more effectively and in a manner consistent with international law.

 

Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev said that IOM carries out training and capacity building workshops on broader  migration legislation aiming at supporting effectiveness of the local legislation and bringing it more in line with international standards. In his speech he focused on the rights of migrants and responsibilities of governments. “Laws were created by human beings and are implemented by human beings. Let’s not forget that migrants are also humans and the same legal standards should apply for them,” said Gjorgjiev.

 

In total 30 representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Justice Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Migration Service, Bar Association, State Committee on Affairs with Diaspora along with 10 judges, attorneys, foreign experts with the experience in the considered field are presented at the workshop which covers the topics such as the international legal norms in regulating migration, set of international rules and principles governing the movement of people between states and the legal status of migrants in host states. The workshop provides a forum for relevant state agency representatives to discuss and broaden their knowledge and network in the international migration law.

 

ECMCT project seeks to continue to assist the government of Azerbaijan’s response in combating trafficking in persons and consequently, transnational organized crime and to improve protection mechanisms in providing vulnerable migrants as well as victims/potential victims of trafficking with appropriate assistance services. ECMCT – Phase VI will contribute to the enhancement of judicial capacity to provide better protection of and assistance to migrants through the development and institutionalization of the International Migration Law course programme within the Justice Academy of the Ministry of Justice.

 

Media Coverage of IOM Azerbaijan Mission Workshop on IML

 

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IOM held a workshop for labor inspectors

 

 

 

29 April, 2019 the International Organization for Migration Mission in Azerbaijan conducted a workshop on combating human trafficking for 20 labor inspectors from State Labor Inspectorate Service under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population. 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 kicked off with a welcoming speech by Ms. Simona Gatti, Minister Counsellor of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan and Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM’s Mission in Azerbaijan.

Ms. Simona Gatti welcomed the participants and highlighted the role and commitment of the European Union in fighting trafficking in human beings. 

Vladimir Gjorgjiev expressed his assurance that the workshop would contribute to the work of the labor inspectors and enhance their capacity in line with the strategy of prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership in countering human trafficking. 

“This is a very important topic for the labor inspectors to enhance their capacities specially during their visits to the private and public companies, specifically in area of recognizing the right labor documentation, correct labor experience and expertise, as well to recognize for dignified and healthy working conditions free of any labor harassment, that in same time guarantees fair wages and salaries paid on time. Besides this the inspectors’ work is considered as an activity that in same time combines prevention with prosecution, and these two heavily contributes to implementation to the above mentioned strategy countering human trafficking” said Gjorgjiev.

The overall objective of the project ENCT is 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 workshop for labor inspectors

 

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Elimination of Malaria is possible…. but only when human mobility is considered

 

 

 

Geneva – Human mobility is a major social determinant of health that can increase malaria-related illness and deaths for migrants and host communities, especially along migration corridors. With close to one in every seven individuals on the move globally, populations traveling from an area with high malaria burden can potentially re-introduce malaria into low-transmission or malaria-free areas. The combination of social and economic inequalities and discriminatory policies in all sectors, such as health, immigration, labor and social protection, often limit migrants’ access to appropriate malaria prevention, diagnostics, treatment and care services. This perpetuates the disease cycle among migrants and host communities.

In 2017, malaria was one of the leading causes of death due to communicable disease worldwide; there were an estimated 219 million new cases and 435,000 deaths. It is key to understand migrant mobility patterns and associated malaria risk factors to improve migration outcomes, and reduce vulnerability in migrants’ living, working and transit conditions, which increase their likelihood of contracting malaria.

Malaria can only be eliminated when evidence-based operational approaches have been identified to reach migrant populations, improve vector control and ensure migrants' access to malaria services, while promoting surveillance, referrals and treatment between national health systems.

Migrants urgently need to be included in global, national and local prevention and control strategies to support the elimination of malaria, following the spirit of Sustainable Development targets that aim for Universal Health Coverage, and in line with the objectives of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, and Resolution 70.15 of the World Health Assembly on Promoting the health of refugees and migrants (2017).

IOM currently supports malaria programming across many countries, often through the support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In Yemen, Thailand and Somalia, IOM has implemented multi-pronged evidence-based public health strategies, including interventions around vector control, distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets (LLIN) and behavior change communication campaigns to raise awareness around prevention and encourage treatment seeking behaviors, including drug compliance.

In Paraguay, a country now certified by WHO as free of Malaria (2018), IOM supported the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in strengthening the National Strategy for the Prevention of the Reintroduction of Malaria, placing an emphasis on disease prevention, identification of potential cases, accurate diagnosis, treatment as well as the empowerment of resources and skills in the 18 health regions of the country.  

The elimination of malaria will require a universal approach of strengthening community responses that understand the determinants of migrants’ health and build on sustainable and mobility competent health systems that address the many challenges of malaria control in an increasingly interconnected world.

Read stories about IOM’s work with malaria-affected migrant communities here.

 

 

 

 

IOM Azerbaijan first publication - “TERRA Toolkit: Community Approach to Radicalization”

 

 

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, jointly implemented with the State Committee on Religious Associations of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Toolkit takes a preventative approach towards radicalization leading to terrorism and it proposes a community approach designed to address and halt the progress of an individual through the possible radicalization process. It values the community approach as a starting point and is primarily meant to support existing or new networks of teachers, social workers, law enforcement, religious leaders, and local and national policy makers on exchanging information on young people or for example on people in a troubled neighborhood. It also informs journalists and policy makers on influences they may have on background factors of radicalization. The Azeri version can be found here.

 

The English version of the Toolkit was developed by TERRA project, a European network-based prevention and learning program, supported by the European Commission DG Home Affairs. The English version can be found in TERRA project's website: http://www.terra-net.eu/index.php

 

 

 

 

 

IOM facilitates a study tour to Austria for Azerbaijanian Officials

 

 

 

1IOM facilitated a four-day (14-19/4) study tour to Vienne, Austria, for eleven government officials headed by Mr. Elchin Khalafov, the Rector of Justice Academy with technical and logistical support by IOM Azerbaijan and IOM/RO Vienna under the framework of the project “Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan (ENCT)” funded by European Union and co-funded by IOM Development Fund. The objective of the study tour is to familiarize representatives from Justice Academy of Ministry of Justice, Main Department on Combating Trafficking of Human Beings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as judges from regional appeal courts, prosecutors form General Prosecutors Office with the implementation of International and European standards in judicial decisions, protection of victims of trafficking, analysis of legal framework as well as prosecution of Trafficking in Human Beings cases in Austria along with the procedures and rulings in the area of combating human trafficking. On 15 April the delegation had meetings at Ministry of Foreign Affairs with Ambassador Petra Schneebauer, National 2Coordinator on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings as well as Public Prosecutors, Dr. Maria-Luise Nittel and Dr. Ursula Schrall-Kropiunig at the General Prosecutors office. The Austrian colleagues shared with Azerbaijan delegates their experience and best practices, approaches and new tendencies in the sphere of counter-trafficking, touching upon national referral mechanism, procedures of VoTs’ assistance provision. During the study tour the delegation will also visit Drehscheibe Crisis Center for Unaccompanied Foreign Minors of the City of Vienna, Intervention Center for Trafficked Women, Provincial Criminal Court Vienna, Criminal Intelligence Service Austria. The study tour is not only a good opportunity to learn best practices and further apply them at the national level where possible but to establish working contacts with the Austria colleagues.

 

 

 

Media coverage of the four-day (14-19/4) study tour to Vienne, Austria, for eleven government officials

 

 

 

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

 

 

G1Ganja, Azerbaijan. On 10 April 2019, the representatives of International Organization for Migration (IOM) headed by Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of Mission, had a cooperation meeting with the representatives of Azerbaijan State Agricultural University (ASAU) represented by Mr. Ibrahim Jafarov, Rector of the University. The meeting is intended to G2discuss a possible partnership between the organization and the university under the KOICA-funded project ‘Integrated Rural Development for IDP Communities in Azerbaijan through Revitalization of Kahriz Water Supply System’. With the efforts on promoting sustainability and continuation of passing the skills and knowledge gained through the implementation of the afore-mentioned project, IOM and ASAU discussed envisioned partnership and action points of both parties.

 

Media coverage of the visit of representatives IOM Mission in Azerbaijan to the Azerbaijan State Agricultural University

 

 

 

 

 

 

IOM held trainings in regions

 

K1Goranboy-Ganja, Azerbaijan. As part of the KOICA-funded project ‘Integrated Rural Development for IDP Communities in Azerbaijan through Revitalization of Kahriz Water Supply System,’ IOM trained a total of 40 kankans (artisans who construct and rehabilitate kahrizes, a traditional, sustainable water supply system) on “Safety during Kahriz Rehabilitation”, “First Aid”, and “Awareness K2Raising on Prevention from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).” The first training, focused on safety measures during Kahriz rehabilitation process, was delivered by the Senior Engineers of IOM holding long-term expertise on kahriz systems. Through the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society, IOM also facilitated the First Aid training, which enriched the overall training with practical tips for first aid. Awareness Raising on PSEA was also delivered by the IOM staff to communicate the ethical behaviour values on PSEA to the participants.

 

Media coverage of the training for kankans within the KOICA-funded project ‘Integrated Rural Development for IDP Communities in Azerbaijan through Revitalization of Kahriz Water Supply System’ 

 

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IOM holds a training workshop for officials on the prevention of violent extremism and radicalization

 

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Description generated with high confidenceOn 11-12 April 2019, IOM Mission in Azerbaijan organized a training workshop for officials of the related government agencies, representatives from civil society and academia with the aim to increase a knowledge and skills on various topics in the field of violent extremism and radicalisation. The training was held in the framework of the USAID funded project “Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV)” implemented by the IOM Mission in Azerbaijan in close cooperation with the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SCWRA).

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Description generated with very high confidenceTerRa Toolkit: Community Approach to Radicalisation", which has been recently translated into Azerbaijani and published by IOM within the CRV project. Ms. Magda Rooze and Ms. Holly Young, co-authors of the TerRa Toolkit, facilitated the training attended by the participants working with vulnerable individuals or groups at risk of radicalisation to ensure that they are well equipped to detect and to respond to signs of potential or imminent violent extremism and radicalisation. The training course aimed to raise awareness and understanding of the process of radicalisation in general and in the context of Azerbaijan, help practitioners recognize the signs of indicators of radicalisation displayed by vulnerable individuals at risk, share the experience of family members of radicalized persons, empower practitioners with the knowledge they need to prevent radicalization.

 

Media coverage of the training workshop for officials in the framework of the project “Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV)” 

 

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International workshop gathers the prosecution authorities to share experiences, approaches and best practices in prosecuting cases of human trafficking

 

On 3-4 April 2019, a two-day international workshop on “Role of the Criminal Prosecution Authorities in Combating Human Trafficking” is organized in Baku. The event is 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 International workshop will provide 45 national and international participants experts from Eastern Partnership countries with the opportunity to exchange experiences, approaches and best practices on prosecution of Trafficking in Human Beings cases as well as challenges from the different perspectives of countries of origin, destination and transit, and to learn from EU experts including those of the European Court of Human Rights case-law analysis, and methodologies. Furthermore, the workshop aims to contribute to the establishment of a network between participants to nurture international cooperation and exchange of information in combating human trafficking.Mr. Heydar Heydarov, the Chief of the Main Department on Combating Human Trafficking of Ministry of Interior, Mr. Elchin Khalafov, the Rector of Justice Academy, Ms. Simona Gatti, Minister Counsellor of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan and Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM’s Mission in Azerbaijan attended the opening of the event Mr. 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 from 2005 to date in Azerbaijan there are 1413 trafficking in human beings crimes registered, 919 victims of trafficking are identified and 550 traffickers are prosecuted. He emphasized the importance of such an international event in enhancing the existing cooperation relations between the countries in combating human trafficking.Ms. Simona Gatti, Minister Counsellor of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan highlighted the role and commitment of the European Union in fighting trafficking in human beings.  Ms. Gatti appreciated the efforts of Azerbaijani government that has taken important measures in the area of combating human trafficking and pointed out the fields that require further assistance and improvements, particularly from prosecution authorities. Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, Chief of IOM’s Mission in Azerbaijan said that the international workshop is part of the ENCT Project, which aim is to assist the Government of Azerbaijan’s response to human trafficking through capacity building to support the interpretation and application of legal provisions related to combating human trafficking, human rights and fundamental freedoms in line with European Law and international standards.He expressed his assurance that the two-day workshop, with the participation of high-level international experts, would contribute to the work of the criminal prosecution authorities and enhance their capacity in line with the strategy of prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership in countering human trafficking. It should  mentioned that the overall objective of the project is 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 two-day international workshop on “Role of the Criminal Prosecution Authorities in Combating Human Trafficking”

 

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IOM supporting the justice sector reforms in Azerbaijan

 

 

IMG_6549Starting since September 2017 IOM Azerbaijan is implementing the second phase of Rule of Law Project being funded by US Department of State - Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) focusing on development of e-Learning solutions for the Justice Academy where the judges and lawyers get trained. Within the Project the IOM has developed Training Program on Case law of European Court of Human Rights which aimed to provide information on the ECHR, its standards and issues relevant to the work of the target profession and encourage the development of skills, and the formulation and application of policies, necessary to transform that information into practical professional behaviour. Based on this Program IOM, in cooperation with the Justice Academy and Bar Association of Azerbaijan, conducted four-day Training of Trainers for lawyers on European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) Case Law with participation of 12 trainer Lawyers where along with Ms Gasimova, expert on ECtHR case law,  Ms. Kristina Touzenis, head of IOM’s of International Migration Law (Unit (IML) also took a session on human rights of migrants with the coverage of International Migration Law. The ToT was followed by four cascade trainings in Ganja, Sheki, Khachmaz and Lankaran conducted together with ToT participants and lecturers of Justice Academy. The cascade trainings covered 42 lawyers from the four regions.

In line with the same project’s objectives IOM Azerbaijan increased the capacities of the Justice Academy on Countering Money Laundering via developing full-fledged course program on specific subject. The course program contains comprehensive Handbook and Curriculum complemented by Training materials. The course program will be used for the training purposes of judges, candidate judges, lawyers and prosecutors at the Justice Academy. For supporting the further application of the Course Program IOM Azerbaijan organized Training of Trainers on Countering Money Laundering with the participation of Justice Academy lecturers, judges and lawyers where an international expert, Mr. Geert Delrue and expert of Financial Markets Supervisory Authority of Azerbaijan Mr. Araz Abbasov took the sessions. E-learning platform for the Justice Academy of the Ministry of Justice was established by IOM Azerbaijan within the framework of “E-Learning Solutions to Support Justice Academy of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan – Phase I” Project and was continued in the subsequent phase of the project. As a part of the project, for the sake of the useful utilization of the online platform, educational videos are being uploaded along with the materials related to each of the videos made. It is planned to cover topics such as Application Procedures to the ECtHR, Interpretation to various sections of ECHR, International Migration Law, State Authority in relation to Migration and limitations set by IML, State Sovereignty IMG_6116and Freedom of Movement as a right, Asylum Seekers, Forced Migrants, Refugees, Rights of Migrant Children, Women Migrants, Definition and Characteristics of Human Trafficking, Specifications of Trafficking of Children, International Legal Enforcement on Human Trafficking as well as Definition and Typologies of Money Laundering. The videos will be played by lecturers from the Justice Academy of the Ministry of Justice and guest lecturers invited from other institutions such as Financial Market Supervisory Authority, Ombudsman’s Office, Baku State University and attorneys. The participation of non-Academy experts will boost the level of knowledge that is supposed to be given as the audience could be introduced to approaches supported by other institutions and individuals

 

IOM held workshop on inclusiveness, diversity, tolerance and violent extremism and radicalization

 

On 27-28 February 2019 IOM organized workshop on inclusive society, diversity and tolerance as ways to prevent violent extremism and radicalization within Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity funded by USAID. The workshop was facilitated by the Kofi Annan Foundation’s initiative Extremely Together Young Leaders, Ali Abbas Zaidi and Mimoun Berrissoun from Pakistan and Germany. The (22) participants of the first day were mainly from public service and civil society, whereas the second workshop consisted of (24) participants with academia and civil society background.The objective of the workshop was for participants to become familiarized with the concept of group-focused enmity and extremism in general. For a better understanding of extremist phenomena, the participants were lectured on similarities between different extremist groups e.g. intolerance, hatred and violence. Furthermore, the intention was for participants to gain an awareness of stereotypes and prejudices, open-minded perception of others, empathy towards “radicalized” victims, and explore practical ideas for the implementation of a culture of tolerance and diversity.

 

IOM continues to engage vulnerable communities in business development activities

 

International Organization for Migration (IOM) continues its engagement with vulnerable communities to support income-generating initiatives in target areas. Next round of small business training took place in Guba and Masalli in February, 2019 within the Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity funded by USAID/Azerbaijan and implemented by IOM. Around eighty members of local communities representing different vulnerable communities in Guba-Gusar-Khachmaz and Masalli-Lankaran-Astara regions participated in the training. At the end of training, after productive discussions held and counselling provided by the professional trainer, the participants submitted their plans on micro business activities. 16 (25%) plans, out of 65 submitted ones, were initiated by female beneficiaries, who were interested and keen to establish their own businesses. The submitted plans represent different business areas ranging from livestock (cattle/sheep-breeding), bee-keeping and small-scale production (like, making furniture) to service sectors (barber shop, tailoring etc.). After evaluation the selected successful business plans will be awarded financial support by IOM.

IOM held training for youth on preventing violent extremism and radicalization

 

Since September 2018 the IOM Mission in Azerbaijan has been implementing the project titled “Public Action for Resilience (PAR) Activity” funded by USAID. The Activity aims to support local communities and increase their resilience to violent extremism and radicalization, which considers delivering capacity building training for Youth Houses (YH) staff members. To this purpose between 24-28 December 2018, in close collaboration with the State Committee on Religious Associations and Youth Foundation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, IOM organized three training-seminars titled “Introduction to PVE for Youth and Youth Workers”. The seminars were designed for YH staff members and youth workers held in YH operational in target areas, namely in Binagadi (Baku), Sumgayit and Balaken. 89 youth workers in total attended the seminars and the number of female participants constituted 51% of the overall attendees. Through participation the youth workers increased their awareness on working with youth vulnerable to or at possible risk of violent extremism and radicalization.

 

IOM engages vulnerable communities in business development activities

 

The UN Migration Agency – International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Azerbaijan implements Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity jointly with the State Committee on Religious Associations with a financial support from USAID Azerbaijan since September 2017. As a part of the CRV Activity IOM organized 3-day micro-small business training in Zagatala between 12-14 December 2018 to support income-generating initiatives of the members of target communities in the region. In total 29 beneficiaries attended the training, where the participants were from Zagatala (Zagatala city and Pashan, Sumayli, Gandakh, Yala, Yengiyan, Mukhakh and Chokak villages) and Balakan (Balakan city, and Hanifa, Adkilsa villages). 7 (24%) out of 29 attendees were female. At the end of the training 14 business plans in total were submitted by 16 beneficiaries, where three of them preferred to submit a single joint business plan. These plans represent different business areas ranging from livestock (cattle/sheep-breeding) and small-scale production (like, homemade dried fruits) to service sectors (hairdressing, etc.). After evaluation of the submitted business plans the selected ones will be awarded financial support by IOM. This kind of training will also be conducted in Masalli-Lenkeran and Guba-Khachmaz regions that are included in project’s geographical coverage.

 

IOM AZERBAIJAN ANNOUNCES NEW TENDER:

 

Notification on Extension

 

To whom it may concern

IOM Mission in the Republic of Azerbaijan hereby extends the time limit for the submission of the below indicated tenders by 1 week. Now the closing date of submission is March 4, 2019 at 17:00 (Baku time).

Within the ‘Public Action for Resilience (PAR)’ Activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IOM Azerbaijani invites Service Providers to provide Technical and Financial Proposal for the tender on Provision of trainings of vocational skills for young people in four regions of Azerbaijan

All other conditions in the tenders remain unchanged.

 

 

IOM Azerbaijan announces a tender on Provision of trainings of vocational skills for youth in four regions of Azerbaijan

 

Within the ‘Public Action for Resilience (PAR)’ Activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IOM Azerbaijani invites Service Providers to provide Technical and Financial Proposal for the tender on Provision of trainings of vocational skills for young people in four regions of Azerbaijan.

AZ-10-002/2019IOM STANDARDS OF CONDUCT IN/15 Rev. 1

 

 

Closure of “Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan (CMBA)” project and Celebration of the International Migrants Day on 18 December 2018

 

On 18 December 2018, the UN Migration Agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized an event to close the project “Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan (CMBA)” and to celebrate the International Migrants Day.  More than 100 officials from the ministries, diplomatic corps, donors, national and international stakeholders participated in the event.Representatives of the State Migration Service, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan and IOM delivered speeches about the contribution of the CMBA project in the field of migration, labour migration and border management in Azerbaijan. The EU Ambassador Kestutis Jankauskas reiterated European Union’s support to the Government of Azerbaijan and underlined the CMBA project which had targeted to build and enhance migration management capacities of the state institutions in Azerbaijan. Head of Immigration and Border Management Unit of the IOM, Ms. Meltem Ersan provided an extensive information on the achievements and contribution of the CMBA project.The project has contributed in:

1)Establishing an effective mechanism for the management of the visa regime, voluntary return and readmission processes.

2) Developing and implementing rights-based policies to govern migration and protect the rights of migrants, vulnerable migrants and migrant workers;

3) Modernizing of migration and labour services to provide easier and convenient access to information and services such as issuance of residence permits, work permits, registration at place of residence.

4) Strengthening the national capacity for integrated border management.

5)Enhancing institutional capacity by building skills of more than 650 officials from national stakeholders on different   aspects of migration and integrated border management such as readmission management, visa processing, countering irregular migration and transnational crimes such as human trafficking, migrant smuggling, travel document examination, return, consular issues, managing migration during crises, management of migrant accommodation centers, advance passenger information (API) systems. The 52-month project started in September 2014 and ended on 31 December 2018. The project funded by the European Union (EU), co-funded by BP and co-venturers, the United States Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and State Migration Service of Azerbaijan. It was the first project implemented with the co-funding from the private sector and the Government of Azerbaijan in the field of migration.

International Migrants Day

During the event, IOM, together with the State Migration Service, the Office of the Ombudsperson of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the UN Resident Coordinator's Office and the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan celebrated the International Migrants Day. Vusal Huseynov, Chief of the State Migration Service, Elmira Suleymanova Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Azerbaijan, UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Ghulam Isaczai, Meltem Ersan from IOM Mission in Azerbaijan made the speeches in highlighting the significance of the International Migrants Day in terms of drawing the society’s attention to the challenges of migrants and raising awareness. Following the speeches, a migrant shared his story in the migration cycle which ended reintegration in Azerbaijan. Information about the Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) was provided by IOM and a candidate film from the GMFF was shown in the event.  The International Migrants Day was celebrated following the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) by 164 countries including Republic of Azerbaijan in 2018. The GCM is the first-ever inter-governmentally negotiated agreement on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions. Migration with Dignity (#WithDignity) was the theme of 2018’s International Migrants Day. IOM’s Director General António Vitorino called on all Member States and international organizations to join us in commemorating International Migrants Day on 18 December 2018, and advocating for safe, orderly and dignified migration for all.

 

 

Workshop on Consular Reference Manual for senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

On 29-30 November 2018, the UN Migration Agency, International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted the workshop in Baku for twenty-three consular officials based in Azerbaijani Embassies/Consulates in Europe and relevant departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan (MFA). Murad Akbarov, Deputy Head of Consular Department from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maryam Haji-Ismayilova, International Aid and Cooperation Officer from the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Azerbaijan and Meltem Ersan from IOM delivered the opening remarks.The workshop provided a forum for staff to discuss key issues related to their work and the content of the Consular Reference Manual issued by the IOM in close collaboration with the MFA under the project. Moreover, Fanny Ruinart from IOM France facilitated the part on protection and assistance to victims of Trafficking in Human Beings and Lorenzo Guadagno from IOM HQ facilitated a segment on crisis management. Nazim Turabov, Head of Readmission Issues Department, State Migration Service briefed the consular officials on readmission management. A panel organized in the last session of the workshop with the participation of consuls from the Embassy of Germany, France and USA to share the experiences on consular services in these countries.The workshop was organized in the framework of the project “Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan (CMBA)” funded by the European Union and co funded by BP and its co-venturers, US Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) and State Migration Service (SMS) of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

 

IOM AZERBAIJAN ANNOUNCES NEW INVITATION FOR BIDS:

 

 

In the framework of Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) IOM Mission in Azerbaijani invites interested eligible service providers to submit bid for the production of short videos and photographs. CRV-001/2018

 

CRV-001/2018IOM STANDARDS OF CONDUCT IN/15 Rev. 1

 

IOM held workshop on document examination

 

On 30 October-2 November 2018, IOM Azerbaijan has organized four-day training with the participation of 22 representatives from ASAN VISA and “SilkWay” Ground Handling Company. The purpose of the training was to consolidate the competencies of participants to examine travel documents effectively. During the intensive 4-day training participants received detailed information, guidance and direction to proficiently screen and identify falsified travel documents. The training consisted of a theoretical and a practical part and covered key matters such as profiling, security features, security techniques, biometrics and printing techniques as well as actual trends in this area. Training was led by Mr. Nelson Goncalves, IOM expert from African Capacity Building Center based on the Second Edition of the Passport Examination Procedure Manual (PEPM) developed by IOM and latest developments.At the end of the training all participants have received certificates for completion of the training program. The training was organized in the framework of the project “Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan (CMBA)” funded by the European Union and co funded by BP and its co-venturers, US Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) and State Migration Service (SMS) of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Under the project, specialized trainings have been organized on travel document examination for the State Border Service, consular officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ASAN VISA personnel who works at the international airports.

 

 

EU ANTI-TRAFFICKING DAY IS MARKED IN AZERBAIJAN

 

Baku, 18 October 2018 - EU Delegation to Azerbaijan and the UN Migration Agency, International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized an event to mark the European Union (EU) Anti-Trafficking day. The event was organized within the framework of the project Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan (ENCT) implemented by IOM, funded by the European Union and co-funded by IOM Development Fund. The event gathered the officials of the line ministries, diplomatic corps, international and civil society organizations, as well as international and local experts. The aim of the event was to attract attention of a wide audience to the issue of trafficking in human beings and its consequences, to contribute to increase the knowledge on EU strategy towards the eradication of human trafficking, international judicial cooperation in countering trafficking and theoretical and practical issues of implementation of international legal norms and conceptions. H.E. Ambassador Kestutis Jankauskas, Head of EU Delegation to Azerbaijan; Police Major General Heydar Heydarov, Chief of the Main Department on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan and Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, Chief of IOM Mission of Azerbaijan delivered opening speeches. H.E. Ambassador Kestutis Jankauskas emphasized that EU anti-trafficking events are being held in many countries to attract the attention on human trafficking crimes and the aim is to protect human rights of the victims and prevent human trafficking. Chief of the Main Department on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Police Major General Mr. Heydar Heydarov in his speech touched upon measures taken by the Ministry of Internal Affairs to combat human trafficking and provided the recent statistics on human trafficking cases. Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, Chief of Mission for IOM in Azerbaijan remarked that the measures taken in Azerbaijan in the field of combating human trafficking and the protection of victims of human trafficking are exemplary for other countries and IOM will continue the cooperation with all stakeholders in its future activities.The panel sessions delivered by Ms. Aneta Arnaudovska, IOM consultant, Judge, Director of Academy for Judges and Prosecutors in Macedonia, member of the CCJE (Council of Europe); Mr. Mykolas Černiauskas, ECtHR expert, senior lawyer at the Registry of the Court and Mr. Ramil Kazimov expert from The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan covered the topics on “Problems and challenges in obtaining compensation rights of victims”, “The best practice of European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on fundamental rights of individuals and migrants in situations of vulnerability and relevant case law”, “International cooperation of Azerbaijan in counter trafficking of human beings”.Following presentations and discussions, a short video documentary on counter trafficking was screened to attract the attention of the audience on vulnerability of victims and sensitize them on THB cases. 

 

Training of Trainers Program for Criminal Prosecution Authorities in Azerbaijan

On 16-19 October 2018 the UN Migration Agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized Training of Trainers (ToT) Program for criminal prosecution authorities in Baku under the ‘Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan (ENCT)’ project funded by European Union, co funded by IOM Development Fund and implemented by IOM. The ToT gathered 20 participants from Baku Court on Grave crimes, Baku Court of Appeal, Ganja Court on Grave crimes, Lankaran Court of Grave crimes, Ganja Court of Appeal, Sumgayit Court of Appeal, Shirvan Court of Appeal, General Prosecutor’s office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Bar Association. The overall aim of the TOT is to advance and enhance the abilities and professional capacities of the participants to effectively investigate, prosecute and adjudicate trafficking in persons cases, by using victim centered approach in line with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) fair trial requirements.The training methodology used was a balanced combination of short theoretical presentations on the selected main topics, including national, comparative and ECHR court practice. The practical part was covered by various advanced techniques and tools which enabled continued pro-active participation and commitment of the trainers involved, such as: case-studies, discussions, preparation of check lists, simulations on the basis of prepared case scenarios, commenting human trafficking video films and others. The training was conducted by the international expert Ms. Aneta Arnaudovska, IOM consultant, Judge, Director of Academy for Judges and Prosecutors in Macedonia, member of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) (Council of Europe) and national expert Ruslan Valiyev, member of Bar Association in the Republic of Azerbaijan. The ToT was enriched by the presentations of Mr. Mykolas Cerniauskas, expert from European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and Andriy Orlean, Professor of Law Department at National Taras Shevchenko University in Ukraine.

 

Workshop on Advance Passenger Information (API) systems for the Azerbaijan customs, immigration service, visa service and selected airlines

 

On 16-18 October IOM, the UN Migration Agency, facilitated a workshop on Advance Passenger Information (API) systems for the Azerbaijan customs, immigration service, visa service and selected airlines.

During the workshop held in Baku, Azerbaijan, API international regulatory framework, technical standards, best practices and lessons learned were shared by experts from the United Kingdom and IOM HQ. During break-out sessions, participants debated an API implementation roadmap for Azerbaijan. Close attention was paid to regulatory developments in the European Union and best practices from EU member states as well as use of passenger data and compliance with the principles of privacy, data protection and related human rights norms.

The event took place in the framework of an IOM project “Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan (CMBA)” funded by the European Union, co-funded by the United States Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and State Migration Service of Azerbaijan. The project   aimed to enhance the capacities in the area of migration and bordermanagement in Azerbaijan.

API systems became mandatory for all 192 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member states on 23 February 2018. This means that all ICAO states must be able to collect data about passengers and crew members prior to their arrival, making travel easier for all and improving border controls.

Technical assistance to IOM member states in implementing API systems is an important and expanding area in IOM’s cooperation with ICAO following the conclusion of an MoU in November 2016. Providing technical assistance in this challenging area is a focus in the IOM Action Plan for ICAO TRIP Strategy Implementation that helps to mobilize donor funding and outreach to beneficiary states.

 

IOM AZERBAIJAN ANNOUNCES NEW TENDER:

 

 

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of Onomastic analysis to map Azerbaijani diaspora, AZ10-004/2018

 

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of Onomastic analysis to map Azerbaijani diaspora, 

AZ10-004/2018

 

 

IOM AZERBAIJAN ANNOUNCES THREE NEW TENDERS:

 

Notification on Extension

 

To whom it may concern

IOM Mission in the Republic of Azerbaijan hereby extends the time limit for the submission of the below indicated tenders by 1 weeks. Now the closing date of submission is September 10, 2018 at 18:00 (Baku time).

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of Investigation of Citizenship Matters subsystem for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan: AZ10-001/2018

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of Payment subsystem for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan: AZ10-002/2018

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of Analytical reporting subsystem for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan: AZ10-003/2018

 

All other conditions in the tenders remain unchanged.

 

 

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of Investigation of Citizenship Matters subsystem for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan:

AZ10-001/2018

 

 

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of Payment subsystem for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan:

AZ10-002/2018

 

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of Analytical reporting subsystem for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan:

AZ10-003/2018

 

 

 

IOM marked the World Day against Trafficking in Persons in Azerbaijan

 

On July 30, the United Nations’ Migration Agency - International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Main Department on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republic, organized a conference in Gusar to mark World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The event was organized within the framework of IOM’s counter-trafficking projects implemented with the financial support of the U.S. Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The conference brought together the officials from the relevant ministries, diplomatic corps, and international and civil society organizations, aiming to attract the attention of a wide audience to trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling and their consequences, as well as to increase response and knowledge in the particular field in Azerbaijan and worldwide. In the opening session Mr. William Gill, Charge d’Áffaires of the US Embassy in Baku and Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, Chief of IOM Mission of Azerbaijan, welcomed the participants and spoke about the importance of ending trafficking in persons. Mr. Samir Zeynalov, Deputy Head of the Main Department on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Mr. Hidayat Rustamov, Head of Khachmaz Regional Migration Department of the State Migration Service, also gave remarks at the event.The main part of the event started with the Plenary Session on the theme “Contemporary Approaches in Addressing Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling” and included presentations by the Azerbaijani government officials and IOM specialists on related topics. Further, two Parallel Breakout Sessions on “Exploring Current Co-operation Mechanisms in Combatting THB” and “Stepping up the Global Responses to Counter Migrant Smuggling” included presentations by the foreign government officials, NGO representatives, international experts and IOM specialists covering related topics. During and after the sessions, discussions were initiated for sharing experiences and practices, facilitating awareness raising and capacity building among participants, and supporting initiatives in strengthening cooperation for multidisciplinary approach in addressing trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling at both national and international levels.IOM has been organizing the World Day against Trafficking in Persons since 2014 with the overall aim to sensitize the public on human trafficking and encourage participation of a larger community to combat this crime.

 

 

 

IOM held workshop for consular officers on combating human trafficking and protection of migrants’ rights

 

On 25 July, 2018 the UN Migration Agency- International Organization for Migration (IOM)  Mission in Azerbaijan  organized a workshop for consular officers on Combatting  Human  Trafficking and Protection of Migrants' Rights in Baku, Azerbaijan within ‘Enhancing cooperation measures to effectively combating trafficking in persons through capacity building and technical assistance in Azerbaijan Project’- Phase VI, funded by International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State. The workshop kicked off with a welcoming speech by the Chief of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan, Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, and continued with opening remarks delivered by Mr. Ramil Kazimov from the Main Department on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (CT MIA) and by Miss Bridgette Walker, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Baku. The event was organized in two panel sessions including presentations on related topics by local and international representatives. Mr. Ramil Kazimov from CT MIA presented on current mechanisms in addressing human trafficking by the government of Azerbaijan, while Ms. Sevinj Ismayilova from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) focused on the role of MFA in responding the problem of trafficking in persons. Ms. Maria Chiara Tognetti from IOM Regional Office in Vienna highlighted the importance of re-establishing ‘of trafficking legal identity’ and the role of consular staff in this process. Ms. Heather Komenda from IOM Headquarters provided insight to migrant vulnerability to human trafficking and exploitation from the consular perspective and Mr. Christopher Sorensen, US vice-consul, concentrated on US perspective in combating human trafficking.   IOM has been building the skills of consular officials and labour attaches to combat human trafficking since 2012 and the first three workshops were conducted in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017, where discussions were held on national legislation and government and non-government counter-trafficking responses specifically on victim identification, assistance and referral as well as exchange of best practices on direct assistance among various diplomatic missions. As a follow up to this initiative, this workshop, attended by up to 30 diplomatic representatives, also aimed to increase skills and knowledge of consular officials and labour attachés to identify and refer victims/potential victims of trafficking to specialized services as part of the referral mechanism.

 

 

 

Workshop on exploring migrant vulnerabilities and root causes of human trafficking in Azerbaijan held in Baku

 

On 23-24 July, 2018 the UN Migration Agency – International Organization for Migration IOM Mission in Azerbaijan conducted a workshop on exploring migrant vulnerabilities and root causes of human trafficking in Azerbaijan in the framework of the project titled “Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan (ENCT)” funded by European Union and co-funded by International Development Fund of IOM. The event was attended by 20 representatives from relevant state agencies, such as Main Department on Combating Human Trafficking of Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Migration Service, State Committee on Family, Women, Children’s issues, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Economy. The presentations on relevant topics were delivered by Heather Komenda, Migrant Protection and Assistance Specialist from IOM Headquarters, Chiara Tognetti, Programme Assistant from IOM Regional office as well as Mariela Guajardo, IOM consultant, and focused on the issues covered by IOM initiated Model on migrant vulnerabilities in 4 levels, i.e. individual, household/family, community and structural levels and on initial findings of rapid assessment on human trafficking exploring the root causes and vulnerabilities of victims and potential victims of trafficking. The rapid assessment was conducted by Mariela Guajardo, as a result of home-based desk research and meetings held with relevant stakeholders prior to the workshop. During the workshop the participants got familiar with the assistance and protection of migrants in individual, family, community and structural levels along with the ways of addressing vulnerabilities by applying relevant interventions in those levels. The workshop also provided a space for the participants to share their ideas and knowledge on possibilities of applying the IOM Model on migrant vulnerabilities in the context of Azerbaijan, and provide relevant responses in order to strengthen resilience and protection of those vulnerable to trafficking. 

 

 

 

Second Regional Consultation on Facilitating Dialogue on Voluntary Return and Reintegration held in Nakhchivan

 

On 4-5 July 2018, the UN Migration Agency - International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Azerbaijan organized “Second Regional Consultation on Facilitating Dialogue on Voluntary Return and Reintegration” in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan. The main objective of the event was to strengthen the dialogue and cooperation on return and reintegration as well as facilitate the discussions at a technical level, focusing on return policies and best practices with a specific emphasis on Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR). The event was held within the framework of the “Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan” (CMBA) project implemented funded by EU and co-funded by USAID, U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Mr Elnur Mammadov, Deputy Head of State Migration Service of Nakhchivan, and Mr Amr Taha, Senior Regional Liaison and Policy Officer, IOM Regional Office Vienna delivered opening remarks. The participants of event were comprised of officials from the state institutions of the Republic of Azerbaijan (State Migration Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs and State Committee on Work with Diaspora, State Border Service), country representatives from Bangladesh, Philippines, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Netherlands, IOM experts from Netherlands, Germany, Philippines and IOM Regional office in Vienna, Austria. The event facilitated the discussion at the several sessions on model of returns from a sending perspective, tailored assistance on return and reintegration for vulnerable migrants, model of return from a receiving perspective and cooperation between countries of origin, country of destination, and transit states.

 

 

 

Training of Trainers (ToT) on Irregular Migration, Combatting Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Human Beings for the State Border Service

 

On 2-6 July 2018, IOM organized a five-day Training of Trainers on Irregular Migration, Combatting Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Human Beings within its ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan (CMBA)’ project funded by the EU and co funded by USAID, US Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) and the State Migration Service (SMS) of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The ToT aimed at strengthening training and facilitation skills of the lecturers/trainers of the State Border Service and State Border Service Academy to enabling them to plan and implement effective course delivery. The training was attended by 14 participants from the State Border Service, State Border Service Academy, State Migration Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs. The Training of trainers' course was designed for the needs of target audience consisting of 60 per cent theoretical and 40 per cent practical knowledge. The participants were trained by the international consultant Mr. Peter Bryant on the curriculum topics as listed in the session objectives and were taught the theoretical international best practice methods of training facilitation. Other training sessions covered topics such as ‘Overview of International Migration’, ‘Migrant Health Issues’, ‘Transnational Organized Crime’, ‘Smuggling of Migrants’, ‘Trafficking in Persons’, ‘Screening of Migrants and the Process of Victim Identification and Referral’, ‘Interviewing Vulnerable Persons’, ‘Evidence Collection’, ‘Information/Intelligence Collection, Collaboration and Management on Migration’. In addition, Mr. Ilkin Gurbanov from the Ministry of Internal Affairs Main Department on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings delivered a specific session on Legal framework on Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants. As a practical exercise, the participants also had the opportunity to prepare a lesson and practice the delivery in a safe learning environment based on the materials provided during the training.

 

 

 

On 4-8 June 2018, IOM in collaboration with the Justice Academy of the Ministry of Justice organized a five-day Training of Trainers (ToT) on International Migration Law

 

The ToT was attended by 20 participants, including judges of Baku Appellation Court, Baku Grave Crimes Court, Baku city courts, advocates of Azerbaijan Bar Association, and lectures of the Justice Academy. The sessions were designed based on the developed materials covering the international legal norms regulating migration, movement of people between states and the legal status of migrants in host states, as well as the interpretation and application of related legal provisions on human rights and fundamental freedoms. Along with the sessions on IML, Ms. Parvana Bayramova delivered a specific session on “Gender equality: international law standards and migration” and Ms. Melike Turkan Bagli facilitated the fourth day of the training dedicated to the interactive training methods. Based on the materials provided during four days of the training, the training participants delivered their own presentations on the selected topics during the last day of the training. As noted by the training participants, this method helped them to put in use the theoretical knowledge and excel training delivery skills based on the practical exercises.

 

 

 

Workshop on Citizenship and Kin Issues

 

UN Migration Agency - International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Azerbaijan is organizing a workshop on best policies and practices on citizenship and kin issues on 27- 29 ‎June 2018 in Baku. The workshop aims to contribute to the policy making through exchange of knowledge and experiences in understanding different policy approaches on the subject topics. The workshop is organized in the framework of the project “Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan (CMBA)” funded by the European Union and co funded by USAID, US Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration(PRM) and State Migration Service (SMS) of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The three day workshop was attended by the officials from Azerbaijan namely State Migration Service, President Administration, Ministry of Interior Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, State Border Service, State Security Service, Ministry of Justice, State Committee on Diaspora, State Committee on IDPs and Refugees, ‎Ombudsman Office, State Statistics Committee and country representatives from Croatia, Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, Romania and Turkey as well as seven experts/ academics from different universities. Participants were keenly discussing issues related to dual citizenship, procedural questions of granting citizenship and substantial issues of kin, belonging and identity. The presentations and recommendations provided in the workshop will further be reported and enriched with country policies including policies and practices of EU Member States and will be shared with the participating institutions from Azerbaijan.

 

 

 

Inauguration of language laboratory in the State Migration Service

 

On 4 June 2018, the UN Migration Agency - International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Azerbaijan inaugurated the language laboratory established in the State Migration Service within the framework of the ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’ (CMBA) project funded by European Union and co-funded by BP and its co-venturers, USAID, U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Population, Refugees,

and Migration (PRM) and State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Mr. Vusal Huseynov, Chief of the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Kestutis Jankauskas, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan, Mr. Gary Jones, BP Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, Mr. Randall B. Olson, Acting Mission Director, USAID Azerbaijan and Ms. Meltem Ersan, Project Coordinator, IOM Azerbaijan delivered opening remarks at the launch event. 

 

Following the opening remarks, language laboratory has been officially inaugurated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The language laboratory is equipped for 15 students and a teacher to provide a full-fledged English language course programme. The first English Language Course Manual includes migration and border related terminology, issues and practices developed as an important tool to be used in the language course programme. 

 

 

 

Technical Expertise Meeting in data collection and management

 

IOM organized a technical expertise meeting for state institutions in Baku on 24-25 April 2018 to take stock of migration data collection and management. This will help determine strengths and challenges of current systems and processes in place, and will enable participants to exchange experiences in understanding and responding to emerging migration trends and migration management challenges and opportunities. The meeting was organized in the framework of the project ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’ funded by the European Union and co-funded by BP and its co-venturers, USAID, U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The 2-day meeting was attended by officials from the State Statistics Committee, State Migration Service, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Border Service, State Security Service, Ombudsman Office, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. The training was facilitated by two International experts – Julia Black and Thomas Sinclair from the IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) located in Berlin. The recent data analysis information of the IOM was translated in Azerbaijani language and shared with the participants. The meeting will be followed by two-day event on 15 and 16 May 2018 on data collection and management, in which preliminary findings of the first two-day technical expertise meeting and its recommendations will be discussed and training will be provided on data management. IOM organized a roundtable on international legal cooperation on combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling with the participation of 50 persons representing both national state agencies and state agencies from Afghanistan, Belarus, Georgia, Pakistan, Turkey, Romania, Uzbekistan, Moldova.

 

 

 

Training on inspection and monitoring of unauthorized employment

 

IOM organized a training on inspection and monitoring of unauthorized employment for state institutions in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan on 17-18 April 2018. The training was organized in the framework of the project ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’ funded by the European Union and co-funded by USAID, U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The 2-day training was attended by 20 officials from the seven institutions namely Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Migration Service, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, State Security Service and Commissioner for Human Rights, Separate Border Division of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan. The event was opened by Mr Shahin Nabiyev, Head of State Migration Service of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Chief of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan, Mr Serhan Aktoprak. The training aimed to contribute to the enhancement of knowledge and skills of practitioners from national institutions in line with European and international best practices in inspecting and monitoring undeclared work and protection of migrants and migrant workers. The training covered key matters such as national mechanisms for preventing of migrants’ unauthorized employment, international framework of relevance to labour inspections:  ILO Convention and other relevant instruments, protecting of labour and human rights of migrant workers as well as exchange of experience within participants. The training was facilitated by three international experts - Ms. Tanja Dedovic, Labour Mobility and Human Development Specialist from IOM Regional Office in Vienna, Ms. Beate Lichtenecker from VAEB Austria, Mr. Darryl Dixon from UK Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA). At the end of the training the participants were awarded with certificates. This was the second training organized on inspection and monitoring of unauthorized work under the project.

 

 

 

Counter trafficking workshop for labour inspectors

 

On 16 April 2018, IOM organized a workshop for labour inspectors on combatting human trafficking. The workshop was organized within the framework of the project ‘Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan (ENCT)’ funded by European Union and co funded by IOM Development Fund. The workshop was attended by 20 officials from the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan including the Deputy Heads, Chief Labour Inspectors and Labour Inspectors. The workshop was aimed to sensitize the labour inspectors on issues of human trafficking and forced labour. The sessions contributed to the enhancement of their knowledge, skills and tools to i) detect human trafficking cases, ii) understand their roles and responsibilities with regard to victim assistance and referral and iii) their role on the referral mechanism on victim protection and assistance. Opening speeches were provided by IOM representative Ms. Shareen Tuladhar, Head of Migrant Assistance Unit and Ms. Maryam Haji-Ismayilova, International Aid and Cooperation Officer from the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan. The workshop were facilitated by two International experts - Ms. Tanja Dedovic, Labour Mobility and Human Development Specialist from IOM Regional Office in Vienna and Ms. Beate Lichtenecker, Consultant of IOM. During the workshop, various issues related to role of labour inspectors in addressing human trafficking and forced labour were covered.  As well as, the experience sharing on Service Employment Cheque system were presented. Mr.Darryl Dixon from UK Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) delivered presentation via skype on the role of the GLAA in tackling labour exploitation in UK. GLAA is a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom regulating the supply of workers to the agricultural, horticultural and shellfish industries. At the end the participants were awarded certificates. Interactive discussions were held on the challenges and issues related to labour migration and its links to human trafficking, identification of labour exploitation and forced labour within the context of Azerbaijan. IOM continues to work towards enhancing the inspection and detection capacities on different forms of human trafficking such as forced labour and referral of trafficked persons.

 

 

IOM continues to facilitate discussion on international legal cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling

 

IOM organized a roundtable on international legal cooperation on combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling with the participation of 50 persons representing both national state agencies and state agencies from Afghanistan, Belarus, Georgia, Pakistan, Turkey, Romania, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Macedonia as well as a civil society representative from Ukraine. The event was also attenPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicded by international experts such as Former President of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, Representative from OSCE and IOM Headquarters and regional office. The roundtable was organized in the framework of the project titled “Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan” funded by European Union and co funded by IOM Development Fund. Mr. Heydar Heydarov, the Chief of the Main Department on Combating Human Trafficking of Ministry of Interior, Mr. Jeroen Willems, the Head of Operation Section of European Union Delegation to Azerbaijan and Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, the Chief of Mission of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan attended the opening of the event and emphasized the importance of such an international event in enhancing the existing cooperation relations between the countries in combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling. The roundtable event provided a platfPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicorm for the attendees to share their experiences on combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling through leveraging the international cooperation tools and involve in discussions for further improvement on implementation of bilateral and multilateral agreements in the field. Various panel sessions were held where discussions covered the issues of analysis of international cooperation on investigative and prosecutorial aspects of human trafficking and migrant smuggling as well as inter-state cooperation on combating human trafficking and protection of victims of trafficking within international framework. The experiences of multiple countries and Azerbaijan served as an excellent learning experience on the mutual cooperation that states adopt in their efforts to counter human trafficking. The event is part of IOM Azerbaijan’s effort to facilitate discussions at the international level to enhance cooperation on assistance to ensure comprehensive response to address the transnational and organized criminal nature of the trafficking phenomena.

 

 

 

IOM organized a training on document examination for state institutions

 

Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicIOM organized a training on document examination for state institutions on 1-2 March 2018. The training was organized in the framework of the project ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’ funded by the European Union and co-funded by BP and its co-venturers, USAID, U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The 2-day training was attended by 21 officials from the Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence, State Security Service, Foreign Intelligence Service, State Migration Service and State Customs Committee.Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republic The event was opened by the Head of Consular Department, Ambassador Faig Bagirov, International aid and cooperation officer from the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Mr Alessandro Budai and Chief of Mission of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan Mr Serhan Aktoprak. The training aimed to contribute to the enhancement of knowledge and skills of consular officials and practitioners from line ministries and national institutions in line with European and international best practices in examining and assessing a range of documentation to establish the potential for discovering forged and counterfeit documents. The training covered key matters such as security features in the paper, printing techniques, personalization, biometrics in documents, actual trends of falsified documents. Training was led by IOM international experts, namely Mr. Michael Buxbaum and Mr. Christian Bartl from the Austrian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

 

 

 

Workshop on Labour Migration Governance