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 Program Resume - Programme of Action, Decree 128, June 30, 2000 (CM)

 Duration: 29.06.2000 - present
 Location: Baku
 Sectors: Community development

PROGRAM OF ACTION

on Fulfillment of Recommendations Put Forward in the Speech of Mr. Heydar Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the International Conference held on 18 May 2000 Entitled " Strategic Directions Towards Development" Devoted to the Status of Refugees and IDPs in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Decree 128, dated 30 June 2000 of the Cabinet of Ministers, Republic of Azerbaijan

Decree 128,
of the Cabinet of Ministers, Republic of Azerbaijan
Baku city, 30 June 2000

With the goal to fulfill the recommendations put forward in the speech of Mr. Heydar Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the International Conference held in May 18, 2000 entitled "Strategic Directions Towards Development" devoted to the status of refugees and IDPs in the Republic of Azerbaijan:

  1. The Program of Action will be adopted (see attached) in compliance with the fulfillment of recommendations put forward in the speech of Mr. Heydar Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan during the International Conference entitled "Strategic Directions Towards Development" devoted to the status of refugees and IDPs in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  1. Ministries, committees, state institutions and organizations will conduct associated work with the implementation of the Program of Action and will report on the status of implementation of this Program on a regular basis.
  1. The Department for Problems of Refugees and IDPs, Migration and Work with International Humanitarian Organizations within the Cabinet of Ministers will be assigned to oversee the execution of the decree.

A. Rasi-zade
Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Confirmed by the Decree 128 dated 30 June, 2000 of the Cabinet of Ministers Azerbaijan Republic

PROGRAM OF ACTION

on fulfillment of recommendations put forward in the speech of Mr. Heydar Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the International Conference entitled "Strategic Directions Towards Development" devoted to the status of refugees and IDPs in the Republic of Azerbaijan

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1. - Organize the publication of international conference papers in Azerbaijani, English, Russian and Arabic languages.

- To disseminate the speech of Mr. Heydar Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan at the international conference;

- To publish a book comprising the speeches of Mr. H. Aliyev from his meetings with refugees and IDPs, collection of laws, decrees, decisions and instructions related to refugees and IDPs, as well as relevant photographs;

Cabinet of Ministers, Republic Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Press and Information, State Refugee Committee, Academy of Sciences 2000  
2. - to design a booklet presenting the multi-sectoral activities of international financial and humanitarian organizations, donors operating in Azerbaijan (in Azerbaijani, English, Russian and Arabic languages)

- to prepare analytical material concerning the graphic description of international humanitarian aid distribution, regional mapping, minimum food and non-food per capita needs in 1992-2000, to present the material in Azerbaijani, English, Russian and Arabic and arrange their distribution among international organizations.

- Arrange the publication and dissemination of statistical album related to an overview of IDP’s plight in Azerbaijani, English, Russian and Arabic.

Cabinet of Ministers, Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Press and Information, State Refugee Committee, Academy of Sciences 2000  
3. To organize the preparation and dissemination of TV documentaries and videotapes devoted to the issues of IDPs and their living conditions. Cabinet of Ministers, Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance, State Refugee Committee, State Television and Broadcasting Company, "Azerkinovideo" Production Union On a regular basis  
4. To arrange the release of scientific publications devoted to refugee/IDP issues and the anti-Azerbaijan methodology employed by Armenian lobby in mass media. "Azertaj", Ministry of Press and Information, State Refugee Committee On a regular basis  
5. To prepare articles in order to increase the editorial staff of the newspaper "Vatan Sesi" – the body of State Refugee Committee, increase the circulation of the newspaper and foster all-staff capacity building; as an addition to "Vatan Sesi", organize the quarterly bulletins in English and Arabic languages. Ministry of Finance, State Refugee Committee 2000  
6. Organize TV programs and broadcasts in terms of the implementation of tasks presented in the speech by Mr. H. Aliyev, President of the Azerbaijan Republic and disseminate and promote the conference materials. Cabinet of Ministers, State Refugee Committee, State Television and Broadcasting Company On a regular basis  
7. To organize visits of Azerbaijan’s representing all segments of society to IDP settlements with the aim to learn and later advocate the conference materials; State Refugee Committee, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture, Academy of Sciences On a regular basis  
8. To organize the visits of arriving diplomatic missions, high-profile expatriates, those working in international entities and other officials to IDP settlements and Finnish camps; Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Refugee Committee On a regular basis  
9. To conduct seminars and discussions (according to a special plan) all over the country devoted to pending issues and the outcome of the international conference; State Refugee Committee, Urban and Regional Executive Committees 2000  

II. Actions on organization-social security issues

1. To discuss the implementation status of the State Program on the solution of refugees/IDPs problems with the participation of relevant governmental entities and international, financial and humanitarian organizations; Cabinet of Ministers, relevant ministries, committees, firms, joint-stock companies, head offices 2000  
2. To ensure the execution of decrees and instructions of Mr. President H. Aliyev, as well as the Cabinet of Ministers with aim to ensure the execution of the laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan on "Social Protection of IDPs and the Persons Treated Equally" and "On the Status of Refugees and IDPs (People displaced within the country)"; Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Social Protection and Labor, State Refugee Committee On a regular basis  
3. To determine the zone metering of temporarily allotted lands for IDPs in all cities and districts, in this regard to provide preference to the allocation of arable lands; State Committee of Land, State Refugee Committee, local executive bodies On a regular basis  
4. To solve in a complex form the issues of providing assistance of seeds, fertilizers, fuel and agricultural technology for the cultivation of temporarily allotted lands; Ministry of Agriculture, State Oil Company, State Refugee Committee, Social Development Fund for IDPs On a regular basis  
5. To conduct needs assessment in areas and organize the utilization of arable lands with the aim to allot lands for the families residing in tents and Finnish camps; State Committee of Land, State Refugee Committee, local executive bodies 2000  
6. To organize the allocation of winter huts and summer pastures for the families engaged in animal husbandry; Ministry of Agriculture, State Committee of Land, State Refugee Committee, local executive bodies On a regular basis  
7. To create employment opportunities, income generating activities, regional action plans for developing entrepreneurship skills through dispersing leans on favorable terms in the programs of international financial and humanitarian organizations, to regulate these activities, as well as to ensure the establishment of non-bank associations; Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Protection and Labor, Ministry of Finance, the National Bank, State Refugee Committee, State Committee of Anti-Monopoly Policy and Relief to Ownership On a regular basis  
8. Taking into account the economic directions and possibilities, as well as skills and abilities of people being hired in cities and districts inhabited by refugees and IDPs, to prepare a long-term activity plan in order to create employment; in accordance with the Decree of the President on "Implementation of State Women Policy in the Republic of Azerbaijan" to design the plan of action in terms of involving refugees and IDPs; State Refugee Committee, Ministry of Social Protection and Labor, Ministry of Agriculture, State Committee on Women’s Issues 2000  
9. To target IDPs and refugees while creating employment, to prioritize maintaining of the employment of refugees and IDPs during structural changes and staff reduction in offices and enterprises; Ministries, committees, firms, joint-stock companies, head offices On a regular basis  
10. To organize employment opportunities and approximate structures in terms of the creation of income generation activities in agriculture and industry in the territories to be freed from occupation; Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Social Protection and Labor, Ministry of Finance, State Refugee Committee 2000  
11. To suggest the setting up of a relevant committee in order to identify the damage caused to occupied territories, purge the lands of mines and resolve the issues such as reconstruction and repatriation; Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, State Refugee Committee, State Commission for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Damaged and Occupied Areas as a Result of Military Operations After the peace treaty is signed  
12. With aim to ensure the implementation of actions envisaged in reconstruction and repatriation programs, to secure the involvement of world countries, donors, international financial entities, international humanitarian organizations, foreign and local business people;

- to take relevant actions based on mutual coordination with international organizations in order to estimate the damage caused to territories to be freed from occupation;

Cabinet of Ministers, Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Refugee Committee, State Commission for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Damaged and Occupied Areas as a Result of Military Operations After the peace treaty is signed  
13. To coordinate activities between international financial entities and humanitarian organizations in order to ensure the maximum efforts of the Social Development Fund with the aim to improve the socio-economic conditions of refugees/IDPs; State Refugee Committee, Social Development Fund for IDPs On a regular basis  
14. To establish and speed up the adoption of procedures of dispersing loans on favorable terms, to promote the establishment of mechanisms on dispersing credit in order to ensure the social security and employment of refugees and IDPs; Cabinet of Ministers, the National Bank, Ministry of Finance, State Refugee Committee, local executive committees 2000  
15. To take into account the funding of activities necessary to resolve the issues of refugees and IDPs while determining the 2000 state budget, to suggest an increase of funding to be allocated for addressing the social needs of population treated equally in budget projections of 2001 and the years to come; State Refugee Committee, Ministry of Finance 2000-2001  
16. To design programs of actions with attendance of relevant humanitarian organizations in order to solve the health and education issues of refugees and IDPs, to discuss these matters during collegial meetings on a regular basis, to conduct surveys on site, arrange seminars and discussions, and to take proactive steps through the specialized teams; Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance On a regular basis  
17. To take actions in order to ensure the participation of foreign firms and financial entities operating in Azerbaijan to contribute to the solution of IDP/refugee issues; Cabinet of Ministers, Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Culture, State Refugee Committee, Ministry of Finance, State Oil Company, State Television and Broadcasts Company, Azertadj, Academy of Sciences, Social Development Fund for IDPs On a regular basis  
18. In accordance with relevant instruction of the Cabinet of Ministers, to continue the assistance to IDPs/refugees at the city and regional level provided by ministries, state committees, firms and other central entities of the Republic, to involve the well-to-do individuals and well known businessmen contribute to this assistance; Cabinet of Ministers, Social Development Fund for IDPs, relevant government entities On a regular basis  
19. To build settlements and create jobs in areas close to the occupied territories and those closely resembling to the climate conditions of IDPs’ regions of origin, in liberated territories of Fizuli district and villages of Agdam district, as well as in winter huts allocated at the expense of state fund in various areas of the Republic and at the current disposal of those districts for occupied districts; Cabinet of Ministers, Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Finance, State Committee of Land, State Refugee Committee, Social Development Fund for Refugees, relevant executive committees Starting from 2000  
20. To improve the activity of the Republic Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance aimed to coordinate the activities between state entities and international humanitarian organizations operating in Azerbaijan, continue the provision of humanitarian assistance through humanitarian organizations, in separate cases to conduct distribution alongside with state entities according to existing rules, to pay due attention to the principle of justice, exchange of opinion, suggestions and comments in aid distribution, to ensure the transparency and efficacy; Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance, State Refugee Committee, Social Development Fund for IDPs On a regular basis  
21. To take actions in order to ensure the rational use of the infrastructure and service sectors created with the assistance of international organizations; State Refugee Committee, Social Development Fund for IDPs, local executive bodies On a regular basis  
22. To improve actions in order to create free, smooth conditions for the normal activity of international humanitarian organizations within the framework of existing laws in the country and to follow the existing legislation based on mutual understanding; Cabinet of Ministers, Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Taxes, State Refugee Committee, Social Development Fund for IDPs, the National Bank, International Bank On a regular basis  
23. To assure the efficacy in the legalization of humanitarian shipments, granting visas for the representatives of international humanitarian organizations, achieve the regulation of issues related to the registration of those organizations in tax entities and regulate the taxation issue of the nationals of the Republic of Azerbaijan working in those organizations in terms of tax and obligatory social insurance taxes according to existing legislature; Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Taxes, State Customs Committee On a regular basis  
24. To take effective steps in order to prevent the groundless interference of law protection and tax entities into the activity of international humanitarian organizations, to avert the unlawful actions towards the attitude of employees working in those organizations, groundless detention and checking of transport, as well as humanitarian shipments belonging to international organizations; Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Republican Prosecution Office, Ministry of Taxes, State Customs Committee On a regular basis  


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