In August, for the first time the protection team of the Baku delegation
of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited persons deprived
of freedom in IVSs ( i solator for temporary detention) of the Ministry of Interior
in Agstafa, Gazakh, Shamkir, Gedabey, Mingechevir, Geranboy, Barda, Aghdash
, Sheki, Zagatala, Ujar and Kurdamir towns of Azerbaijan. Other follow-up
visits were made to IVS of the Ministry of Interior in Baku and colonies
# 12, 3, Bailov and Gobustan prisons under the resp onsibility of the
Ministry of Justice. The visits w ere conducted in accordance with the
ICRC's standard working procedures. They include private interviews with
detainees and discussions of problems raised by the detainees with the
On 23 August, the ICRC Baku delegation delivered the mortal remains of an
Azeri national from Nagorno Karabakh to the Azerbaijani authorities.
In the framework of the tuberculosis control project inside the penitentiary
system conducted by the Ministry of Justice with the assistance of the
ICRC, 616 detainees are presently under DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment
Short Course) treatment in colony # 3.
During August, the Orthopaedic Centre, operated jointly by the Ministry of
Labour and Social Protection and the ICRC, housed 31 patients in its dormitory
and delivered 23 prosthesis (3 amputees out of the beneficiaries were
mine victims) and 28 orthoses, 12 patients were supplied with crutches
and sticks. The Centre was visited by 62 persons.
On 10 August, the communication team in cooperation with Azerbaijan Red
Cross Society organized leisure activities for 100 IDP children in Sabirabad.
T he children enjoyed a clown show performed by the Azerbaija ni State
Pantomime Theatre and received school bags and supplies.
The ICRC Baku delegation produced a film on its Pedagogical programme and
last-published 6th form book for secondary school in Azerbaijan. The film
will be broadcast on the Azerbaijani TV channels soon.
Updated information on the ICRC Baku delegation is available on www.azerweb.com
Eight foreign staff members of "Shelter Now International"
receive visits of delegates of the International Committee of the
Geneva (ICRC) - On 26 August, the eight foreign staff members of the
non-governmental organisation "Shelter Now International" were visited
their place of detention by delegates of the ICRC.
The six women and two men of German, Australian and American nationality
who were arrested on 5th August along with 16 Afghani staff members of the
NGO "Shelter Now International" were seen by five delegates of the
International Committee of the Red Cross in Kabul.
The ICRC delegates spoke with them in private and delivered Red Cross
letters to them with personal messages from their relatives. The detainees
were given the possibility to write letters which the ICRC will transmit to
their families shortly.
The ICRC team comprised two medial doctors and a nurse. They were able to
assess the physical and psychological well-being of the detainees.
As is the rule for such visits, the confidences made by the detainees to
the ICRC delegates and the observations made by the ICRC team with regards
to their physical and psychological health will be kept strictly
confidential. The ICRC delegates have discussed with the detaining
authorities how best to meet the immediate needs of the detainees.
The ICRC will repeat its visits to the detained persons regularly and for
the whole duration of their stay in detention.
The eight persons were glad and relieved to receive the visit of the ICRC
delegates as this was their first contact since their arrest with the world
outside the prison in which they are held. The detaining authorities facilitated
the visit of the ICRC delegates in accordance with the agreements reached
for such visits and the visit was carried out in a constructive atmosphere.
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
ICRC continues to help conflict victims
In the second half of August the ICRC delivered emergency aid to thousands
of villagers who remain isolated in the Tetovo area of the former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia, some of whom have been cut off from their
traditional supply lines for many months now by the conflict.
The ICRC continues to be concerned about the plight of civilians in this
area which has been directly affected by the fighting and whose inhabitants
have had serious difficulty obtaining food, medicine and other basic
necessities. Although military activity has significantly decreased there
since the signing of the peace agreement, supply lines have not yet been
ICRC teams are especially worried about the precarious situation of pockets
of ethnic Macedonians, mainly elderly people, who remained behind when the
other villagers fled in late July and who can no longer rely on the support
of their local communities. The ICRC has already reunited more than 150
such vulnerable people with their families and this week delivered food and
other essential items to the others.
Food was also delivered to villages in the hills above Tetovo where the
resident population, predominantly ethnic Albanians, has been isolated
since March. It was the first time the ICRC had been able to bring such
assistance to the civilians there, who were facing shortages of food and
other basic supplies. Needs continue to be assessed in the area, to which
many villagers who earlier fled to Kosovo have recently returned. These
people could place an additional burden on the community, whose stocks have
been used in recent months by those who stayed behind.
Agreement between National Police and ICRC
The Peruvian National Police (PNP) and the ICRC have signed a cooperation
agreement with the primary aim of increasing knowledge of the basic
principles of international humanitarian law and human rights among members
of the PNP.
Under the agreement, internal training courses will be held for PNP
instructors and officers over the coming months. The knowledge gained by
the instructors will eventually be passed on to all members of the police
by a multiplier effect.
The PNP and the ICRC also undertook to share their experiences, to set up a
structured training programme and to coordinate the human and logistic
resources necessary for the development of this major project.
The document was signed by General Armando Santisteban de la Flor,
Director-General of the PNP, and Karl Mattli, head of the ICRC delegation
in Peru, at the Ministry of the Interior on 26 July. Several senior PNP
officers and ICRC staff were present at the signing ceremony.
This agreement reflects the firm commitment made by the two institutions to
work together to achieve greater respect for and protection of the
For further information please, contact
ICRC DELEGATION BAKU
FATALI KHAN KHOISKI av. 75, 370110, BAKU
Tel: 90 63 34, 90 63 35, 90 64 52, 40 62 22 Fax: 90 65 19