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 Program Resume - State Programme on Solution of the Problems of the Refugees and IDPs Decree of President of the Azerbaijan Republic (CM)

 Duration: 16.09.1998 - present
 Location: Baku
 Sectors: Community development

Cabinet of Ministers DRDP - State Programme on Solution of the Problems of the Refugees and IDPs
DECREE
OF PRESIDENT OF THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC

On ratification of the State Programme On settlement of the problems of the refugees and IDPs

Taking into account current state of the refugees and IDPs and in order to solve the problems with their education, health, employment, accomodation, pension and others, to provide regular social protection and to improve the coordination in this sphere I enact:

1. To ratify the State Programme On settlement of the problems of the refugees and IDPs (it is  attached).

2. The Cabinet of Ministers of the Azerbaijan Republic is charged:

- to take the necessary measures with the other proper executive committees in order to provide the execution of the State Programme mentioned in the Article 1 of this decree;

- to give information once every month to the President of the Azerbaijan Republic on execution of the State Programme mentioned in the Article 1 of this decree.

3. This Decree shall take into effect on the day of signing.

Heydar Aliyev
President of the Azerbaijan Republic
Baku, September 17, 1998
No 895
STATE PROGRAMME
On solution of the problems of the refugees and IDPs
Description of actions Execution period Executive bodies
1. Regulation of rights of the refugees and IDPs
1. To revise the law of the Azerbaijan Republic On status of refugees and IDPs (September 29, 1992) in accordance with the Convention on refugees status for 1951 and Protocol for 1967 and other international juridical norms, and to present it to the Milli Mejlis 1998 The Cabinet of Ministers, the Republican Commission for Int. Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Justice, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs
2. Preparation and adoption of decrees, resolutions and other regulations on solution of problems of the refugees and IDPs regularly Executive Department of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, the Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Justice
3. To draft and submit for discussion the proposals on protection of rights of the refugees and IDPs, on better solution of their economic and social problems Nov.-Dec., 1998 Executive Department of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, Cabinet of Ministers, the Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour State Committee for Refugees and IDPs
4. To update the juridical norms on juridical state of the persons who received the status of a refugee and internally displaced people in regard with the changes in the country and in the world, determination of exact period of this status, termination of the status and on the rights, freedom and responsibilities of the refugees and IDPs regularly Executive Department of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, Cabinet of Ministers, the Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assisstance, Ministry of Justice
5. To inform the international community on a fact of mass violation of rights of the persons being refugees and IDPs as a result of military aggression of Armenia to Azerbaijan and to take measures to get payment of the financial compensation to them by the Armenian Republic 1998 and next years The Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assisstance, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs
2. Migration, shelter, rehabilitation, reconstruction and repatriation problems
1. To make more precise the registration of refugees and IDPs, to create a united information base 1998 The Cabinet of Ministers, the Rep. Commission for Int. Humanitarian Assisstance, Ministry of Finance the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, State Statistics Committee, City and District Executive Committees
2. To analyse the reasons of the migration of refugees and IDPs, to coordinate the migration process in the country in order to prevent additional problems with informal migration regularly The Cabinet of Ministers, Labour Ministry, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, State Statistics Committee, City and District Executive Committees
3. To revise the issue on internally suspension of

privatisation of the social buildings and houses where the refugees and IDPs temporary live and to provide free of charge privatisation of the state property for the IDPs in the territories freed from the occupation

1998 and next years Cabinet of Ministers, State Property Commitee, the Confederation of Azerbaijan Trade Unions, City and District Executive Committees
4. To complete the buildings intended as temporary shelter for the refugees fled from Armenia and Middle Asia, which have been started to be constructed on this purpose already in previous years but later suspended, in Khanlar, Goranboy, Shamkir, Agstafa, Khizi, Hajigabul, Sabirabad, Saatly and Siyazan districts 1998-1999 Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, City and District Executive Committees
5. To take additional measures in regard with the shelter problem of the refugees and IDPs. To make arrangements for gradually moving of people, in a planned way, from tents, wagons, dug -outs and the other places unsuitable for living to more appropriate shelter regularly Cabinet of Ministers, State Commission for Int. Humanitarian Assistance, State Commission for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of the territories, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, City and District Executive Committees
6. To complete the demining of the lands in the territory of the Fizuli district 1998 and next years State Commission for International Humanitarian Assisstance, State Commission for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of the territories, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, the Ministry of Defence, the Republican Civil Defence Headquarters
7. To consider the issue on construction of temporary shelter being 5 buildings each for 100-120 families in the Fizuli district and to involve the international humanitarian organizations in this work.

To create new job opportunities in the liberated settlements and villages of the district, to open new sewing and knitting shops and bakery, to construct mills and to allocate land etc.

1998-1999 Cabinet of Ministers, State Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, State Commission for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of the territories, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, Water Economy Committee, Azerenerji Joint-Stock Committee, Fizuli Executive Commitee
8. To reconstruct the infrastructure of the Agdam districts villages, to repair communication lines, schools, medical points in 17 villages, to allocate 5 hectares of land in Guzanli and 10 hectares in Hergi, to build lime stone houses for 500 families, to allot 10 000 hectares of land for cultivation.

In this regard to install new electric lines, to dug additional 5 artesian wells, to provide financial and technical assistance to the IDPs for development of private farms, to give credit to them on easy terms, to attract the international organizations in this exercise.

1998 and next years Cabinet of Ministers, State Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, State Commission for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of the territories, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, National Bank, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, Water Economy Committee, Azerenerji Joint-Stock Committee, Agdam Executive Commitee
9. To construct lime stone houses in the Lambaran village of the Barda district which belongs to the Kalbajar district, for 150 houses with the assistance of the international organizations.

To allot 100 hectares of useful land plots in the territory of the Khanlar district for temporary use of the Kalbajar district, to establish private farms, to built 200 lime stone houses through the international humanitarian organizations in this territory for temporary settlement of the IDPs

1998 and next years Cabinet of Ministers, State Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Agriculture, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, State Construction and Architecture Committee, State Land Committee, Kalbajar, Barda and Khanlar Executive Commitees
10. To expand the construction works in Takhta Korpu for the population of the Lacin settlement, to complete construction of the half-built buildings, to repair artesian wells, to built of 100 tons water capacity reservoir, to repair the roads to the settlements, to cultivate 3000 hectares of land, to render assistance to the families busy with the cattle-breeding, to improve provision of the education and medical points with the equipment, to supply with fuel, to repair the pre-fabricated houses starting from 1998 Cabinet of Ministers, State Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, Water Economy Committee, Azeravtoyol State Concern, Lacin Executive Commitee
11. To construct a settlement for 150-200 families in the Harami field for the IDPs from the Khojavand district, to built roads, to allot land plots, to render financial assistance to formation of the private farms. To involve the international organizations in this project. 1998-1999 State Commission for Int.Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Agriculture, National Bank, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, State Land Committee, Water Economy Committee, Azeravtoyol State Concern, Azerenerji joint-stock company, Executive Commitees of the appropriate districts
12. To allocate land plots for cultivation for the districts of Jabrayil, Gubadly, Zangilan, Susa and Khojaly and to assisst with oil, diesel fuel, fertilizer, agriculture equipment and etc. needed for cultivation regularly State Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Agriculture, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, State Oil Company, State Land Committee
13. To draft and realize a special plan for solution of shelter, return, employment, education, health and other social problems of the families being IDPs from the frontier zone with Armenia and living in the territories of their districts (Gadabay, Tovuz, Gazakh, Agstafa, Sadarak, Ter-Ter and others) or in the other places. 1998 next years Cabinet of Ministers, State Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, Water Economy Committee, Azerenerji joint-stock Company, district Executive Commitees
14. To take additional measures for employment of the refugees and IDPs in the towns, districts and settlements, to attract them in small business, income generation and agriculture and organize professional courses. To provide involvement of the international organizations in this program. regularly State Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Labour, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, State Committee for Monopolization policy and assistance to ownership, city and district Executive Commitees
15. To re-consider the registration of the IDP families settled in Baku and Sumgayit, to strengthen control on internal migration 1998 Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Labour, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, State Statistics Committee, city and district Executive Commitees
16. To prevent expelling of the IDPs out of the houses in which have been settled temporarily in 1992-1994, to suspend the authorization of the licence for these houses given to different persons by the proper organizations. To strengthen control of the legal bodies in this sphere. 1998 and next years Ministry of Justice, Republican Supreme Court, Republican Prosecutors Office, City and District Executive Committees
17. To ratify and provide execution of the programme worked out by the State Commission for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction on rehabilitation of the war damaged territories released from the occupation in 1998-2001. 1998 and next years Cabinet of Ministers, State Commission for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, State Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Economy, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, State Committee for Construction and Architecture, Executive Commitees of the appropriate districts
18. To realize the following projects with involvement and proposals of the Azerbaijan Government, World Bank, UNO, EU and other organizations in regard with the reconstruction and rehabilitation problems:

- to establish a repatriation department within the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs

August, 1998 Cabinet of Ministers, State Commission for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Ministry of Finance, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, National Bank
- to form a special group within the republican Government that will be engaged in demining of the areas already freed and being under liberation from the occupation, and taking other precautions for safe return of the IDPs to their native lands; 1998 and next years Executive Department of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, Cabinet of Minister, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Defence
- to set a group for arrangement of agriculture projects and their execution within Ministry of Agriculture in the territories that the Rehabilitation Programme covers; 1998 Cabinet of Ministers, State Commission for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Ministry of Agriculture
- to consider allocation of $8 500 000 USD direct grant from the Azerbaijan Government for construction of buildings within the Rehabilitation Programme and $ 1. 200. 000 USD for repatriation. 1998-2001 Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Finance, State Commission for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs
19. To improve the electricity provision in the places where the refugees and IDPs live, to supply electricity provision of some important buildings during the repatriation. regularly Cabinet of Minister, Azerenerji joint-stock company, city and district executive committees
20. To realise different rehabilitation and reintegration projects during the repatriation in the temporary settlements of the refugees and IDPs. To involve the international organizations in the projects. regularly Cabinet of Ministers, State Commission for Int. Humanitarian Assistance, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, City and District Executive Committees
3. Social protection of the refugees and IDPs
1. To put priority on employment of the refugees and IDPs during labour exchange, to forecast the process of job engagement. To organize income generation activities, to create small shops and branches of different production spheres in the refugees settlements as well as in the towns and districts, to deal with the training issues, to involve the international humanitarian organizations in this activity regularly State Commission for International Humanitarian Assisstance, Ministry of Labour, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, City and District Executive Committees
2. To allocate land to the refugee and IDP families settled in the villages, from the state and municipal land fund for cultivation and cattle-breeding, to make a system of assistance with the agriculture equipment, fuel, seeds, fertilisers and irrigation, to give credit on easy terms for development of the farms and income generation. To take advantage of the projects of the World Bank, international humanitarian organizations in this activity. regularly State Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Agriculture, National Bank, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, State Land Committee, City and District Executive Committees
3. To put priority on the IDPs in privatization of the equipments and machines of the departments and enterprises of the districts under occupation. 1998 State Property Committee, City and District Executive Committees
4. To take measures for payment of unpaid salaries of the IDPs, who have worked in the agricultural sector or in the state departments and enterprises in 1994-1998

To put first priority on the refugees and IDPs when paying the amount from indexation of the savings (restoration of purchase capacity ) put in the state banks till January 1, 1992, to put priority on the persons who received the status of a refugee and an IDP, during the staff reduction when privatising or renting to the foreign investors the production units and enterprises.

regularly Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, Agrarian and Industry Joint-Stock Commercial Bank, Savings Joint-Stock Commercial Bank
5. Water provision issues in the refugee and IDP settlements:

- to fix floating water pump over Kur river for irrigation of winter lands of the Lacin district but being in the territory of the Agjabedi district;

- to repair 80 artesian wells in the Guzanly, Khindiristan, Uchoglan, Garvand, Ahmadagaly, Chamanly, Mahrizly, Afetly and other villages of the Agdam district;

- to install, repair and built water canals, artesian wells, pump stations, water pipes and irrigation pumps in the territory of Agjabedi, Imishly, Beylagan and Fizuli districts.

1998-1999 Cabinet of Ministers, State Commission for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, Water Economy Committee
6. To exempt from payment those persons who received the status of a refugee and an IDP, studying in the state institutions and schools from 1998-1999 till suspension of this status, to consider allotment of a special scolar to these students, to allow privileges to these persons in the private universities and other institutions. 1998 Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, State Committee for refugees and IDPs, High State Expert Commission within the Cabinet of Ministers, State Commission for Students Admission
7. To provide the pupils from the IDP families with books and school equipment free of charge in the republican primary schools. regularly Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs
8. To organize summer vacations of the pupils in the tents and settlements of the prefabricated houses. regularly Ministry of Education, Confederation of the Trade Unions of Azerbaijan, Ministry of Youth and Sport
9. To complete provision of the IDPs working before in the education, health, culture and other sectors funded through the state budget, with job till 1st of January, 1999. 1998 Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, State Commitee for refugees and IDPs, City and District Executive Committees
10. To consider the issue on increase of pensions to the unemployees and to the students of high and primary institutions in order to improve living conditions of the IDPs, to determine the social position of every IDP family, to take into consideration these facts when allocating pensions and humanitarian aid. 1998 Republican Commission for Int. Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour, State Commitee for refugees and IDPs, State Statistics Committee, City and District Executive Committees
11. To consider the issue to exempt the persons who received the status of a refugee and IDP, from the tax for notarial services till suspension of this status 1998 Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance
12. To improve medical service to the refugees and IDPs, to struggle against infectious diseases and antisanitary conditions in the settlements, to put strict control over the usage of the medecines rendered from the international humanitarian and other organizations, only for this purpose. regularly Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Health
13. To provide X-ray treatment ambulances in the IDP settlements, to take measures for provision of the hospitals and medical points of the districts under occupation with the medical equipment and drugs. To provide free of charge examination and treatment  of the refugees and IDPs in the health institutions and their drug supply. regularly Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assisstance, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance
14. To take measures for covering in time the needs of the IDP families for fuel (oil, diesel, wood, etc.) every year Ministry of Finance, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, State Oil Company, Azermesa Production Union
15. To devote much attention to treatment and rehabilitation of the disabled refugees and IDPs, to cover the needs for wheel chairs. To assist the persons being in need with settlement in the boarding and guest houses or in sanatoriums and health resorts. regularly Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Labour, Confederation of Trade Unions of Azerbaijan, Ministry of Health
16. To increase efficiency of the work of the humanitarian organizations working in the republic, to take measures for faster solutions of the problems that they face, by the state bodies (registration, visa registration, office and storehouse buildings, traffic, use of communication means, etc.) regularly Cabinet of Ministers, Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, appropriate state bodies
17. To revise, make changes and amendments in the law On Value Added Tax of the Azerbaijan Republic, to put 0 (zero) percent VAT on the goods purchased within the territory of the republic by the funds allocated from the donor countries or international humanitarian organizations for the needs of the refugees, IDPs and vulnerables. 1998, September Cabinet of Ministers, Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Finance, Main Tax Inspection, appropriate state bodies
18. To put strict control on distribution of the humanitarian assistance to the refugees and IDPs, to coordinate registration, maintenance and distribution of the humanitarian aid rendered by the different states, international humanitarian organizations, charitable societies, state bodies, local NGOs, juridical persons and businessmen. regularly Cabinet of Ministers, Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, State Customs Committee, State Commitee for Refugees and IDPs, City and District Executive Committees
19. To organise authorization of the ministries, committees, companies, concerns and other centralised departments to the refugee and IDP high concentrated towns and districts by the resolution of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, to create coordination offices for regular and effective coordination of the work of these organizations. Executed, regularly State Commitee for Refugees and IDPs, Cabinet of Ministers, Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance
20. To render financial aid to the refugees and IDPs, to revise the Constitution of the Aid Fund within the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs and determine the sources of the allocations to this Fund. 1998, August - September Cabinet of Ministers, Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, National Bank, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs
4. Information on Refugees and IDPs problems and public propaganda work
1. To carry out propaganda among the refugees regularly, to give wide info on internal and external policy of the independent Azerbaijan state and on work being realised for settlement of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. To organise meetings of the popular scientific and cultural people, poets and writers and politicians with the refugees and IDPs. regularly Cabinet of Ministers, Academy of Scientists, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Press and Information, State TV and Radio Company and other central departments
2. To set a special group within the State Refugees Committee to carry out regular propaganda on history of the occupied districts, problems, needs and hard living conditions of the refugees and IDPs, to inform the people and international community. 1998, August - September Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Justice, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs
3. To carry out a survey among the refugees and IDPs, to find out their needs and requirements, to prepare analytic information and to inform the international community. regularly Cabinet of Ministers, Committee for International Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, State Statistics Committee
5. Improvement of work of the state bodies involved in problems of the refugees and IDPs
1. To coordinate work of the state bodies busy with the problems of the refugees and IDPs, to avoid parallel fullfilment of the works, to create a united department within the Executive Office of the Cabinet of Ministers to coordinate the services done for the refugees and IDPs, and humanitarian aid etc., to set an analytic information and forecast unit within this department. 1998, August Executive Department of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Finance
2. To reconsider the structure and duties of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs and to revise its Constitution in accordance with the law On status of the refugees and IDPs of the Azerbaijan Republic and decrees and resolutions of the Azerbaijan President 1998, September - October Executive Department of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Finance, State Committee for Refugees and IDPs
3. To charge one of the deputies of heads of the city and district executive committees to be involved in affairs of the refugees and IDPs 1998, August - September Executive Department of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Finance, City and District Executive Committees


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