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 Report - Annual Activity Report (AYLU)

 Report date: 31.12.2000

AZERBAIJAN YOUNG LAWYERS' UNION (AYLU)

On January 4, 2000, in UNDP/UNDESA NGO NRTC was carried out " a round table " on a subject " Problems of practical education of the young lawyers" with participation about 40 law students. On a measure participated also deputy of Azerbaijani Parliament Shahlar Askerov, NRTC coordinator Jafar Jafarov, famoust lawyers and human rights defenders Mehdi Mehdiev, Annagi Gajiev, Intigam Aliev, namik Alekberov and others.

On February 3, 2000, AYLU and Ministry of Youth and Sports hold the conference on Youth Day. In this conference discussed the youth problems and the topic "youth and legislation". On a measure participated the deputies of Parliament, NGO leaders and law students.

From February 29, 2000 - to March 10, 2000 Azerbaijan Young Lawyers' Union and Sociaty for Humanitarian Research (SHR) were carried out "NGO Management Training Courses" for University students. The courses has been organized in AZERBAIJAN University. Training courses are being led by Director of SHR Avaz Hasanov and Vugar Mamedov.

On March 2, 2000 AYLU leaders Nadir Adilov and Ramil Iskenderov participated on a meeting of COE representatives Mcbrian, Kojemyakov and Benites with the Human rights NGOs leaders Eldar Zeinalov, Aslan Ismailov, Arzu Abdullaeva and others. At the meeting there were disscused the human rights problems in Azerbaijan.

On March 7, 2000 at the AYLU offise has been organized the meeting of the director of the Human Rights Center of Azerbaijan Eldar Zeinalov with the law students, members of AYLU. At the meeting Eldar Zeinalov talked about NGO management, human rights situation in Azerbaijan.

On March 25-27, 2000 Azerbaijan Young Lawyers' Union project, which called "Enlightment of youth against illegal migration", won at the grant competition announced by International Organization for Migration and "Hayat" Humanitarian

Organization. And from April 1, 2000 AYLU began to realize this 4 monthly project. The project will completely be devoted to the youth. The youth is a part of the population, which is more interested in the illegal migration. We mentioned before different reasons causing illegal migration. That is a way for our youth to escape from their military service and obligations and to leave our country for neighbouring and other foreign countries with aim to earn money. Influence of the project on the mentioned problem. During the implementation of the project young people increased their knowledge about migration and legal responsibilities caused by illegal migration.

From April 2000 AYLU realized the project "electronic legal servises for NGO's". As a part of the project AYLU received from all NGOs which are have email question about legal problems and answered to them with the participation of professional legal advisers. Every Monday AYLU send to the all NGOs "LAWs of Azerbaijan Republic" by email.

On December 2000, AYLU won the grant from Open sociaty Institute to more effectively realizing this project.

On April 12, 2000 in NGO RTC conference hall, Young Lawyers' Union has organized a conference, which was called "Youth and Illegal Migration". The conference was part of the grant, won at the tender, held by International Organization for Migration and "Hayat" Humanitarian Organization. The conference was attended by students of universities, representatives of national NGOs dealing with migration, experts of government and international agencies.

The seminar's main speaker was Mr.Vafaddin Ibayev from Constitutional Court, who made a presentation on irregular migration, its causes and dangers. Then discussions took place with the participation of Mr.Fariz Ismailzade from HAYAT, Ms. Elmira Alekperova of IOM, representatives of other NGOs and youth. The seminar was an attempt to raise awareness of Azeri youth on problems of irregular migration and national legislature about it. There were participated approximately 40 participants in the seminar.

On Aprel 2000, Young Lawyers' Union had published two books on migration problems. These books are part of Small Project Funds, that they have received as a result of tender, conducted by HAYAT. Small Project Funds have been financed by International Organization for Migration. The titles of the the books are:

1) What is labour migration?
2) Migration and legislative ways of its regulation

Books are distributed free of charge.

On May19-20, 2000, Azerbaijan Young Lawyers' Union and Azerbaijan University jointly with the Threshold Foundation (Ottersberg,Germany) organized 2 days training course. The courses have already finished. At the opening ceremony made a speech Prf.Dc.Selaheddin Khalilov (rector of Azerbaijan University), Burkhard Luber (executive director of Threshold Foundation), Mr. Wolfgang Burkhard (representative of German Embassy in Azerbaijan), Mr. Lutful Kabir (UNDP/UNDESA Chief Technical Adviser) and Intigam Babayev (Vice Minister of Youth and Sport). During the training Mr.Burkhard give very useful information on writing applications, contucting Fund-givers on INTERNET, about virtual diplomacy of NGOs. On the second day of training the participants learned about Online Tools for NGOs. Participants which succesfully complete the training, get the certificates.

Training Topics:

19 May
Writing Applications
How to find Fund-Givers

20 May
On-line Tools for Non-Profit Organizations
Virtual Diplomacy

The training was held at the Azerbaijan University conference hall and AYLU office. The training was executed by Dr Burkhard Luber from the Threshold Foundation. Burkhard Luber works with a wide range of NGOs abroad for more than two decades and is editor of the "Grassroots Good News", an on-line magazine for conflict management, human rights and environment issues..

In 3 June 2000 AYLU participated at the first Azeri NGO's exibition by the financial support of ISAR/Azerbaijan.

On June 11, 2000 in capital of Georgia - Tbilisi NGO has been held the conference on Caucasian Migration Sector. The conference was carried out in frameworks the programs of the International Organization on Migration " Development of Migration NGO sector at support of Association UN of Georgia, Sociological Association of Armenia and Organization "Hayat" (Azerbaijan). At a conference AYLU represented by Nadir Adilov and Ramil Iskenderov.

On June 2000, realise the project "Legal enlightement of youth on illegal migration" in Khachmaz region. This project have been financed by International Organization for Migration. As the part of the project AYLU already distributed the books on migration among the Khachmaz youth. AYLU also hold the seminars on migration problems. One of them was held at the Human Rights Resourse Centre in Khachmaz at 21June 2000. The seminars were part of the project , which was the winner of the tender, announced by International Organization for Migration and "Hayat" Humanitarian Organization. The seminars were attended by local NGOs which working in Guba-Khachmaz region. The seminar's main speaker was Mr.Nadir Adilov, who made a presentation on irregular migration, its causes and dangers. Coordinator of the Resourse Centre Solmaz Mehdiyeva also made a speech and talked about problems of local NGOs which situated in Khachmaz region. She said that the seminars which were hold by Azerbaijan Young Lawyers Union were very important for local NGOs. The seminar was an attempt to raise awareness of Khachmaz local NGOs on irregular migration and national legislature about it. There were total of 20 participants in the seminar.

On June 2000 Young Lawyers' Union also published third book on migration problems. These books are the part of Small Project Funds, that they have received as a result of tender, conducted by HAYAT. Small Project Funds have been financed by International Organization for Migration. The title of the third book is: "Criminal Responsibilities Caused by Illegal Migration".

On Jule 2000, AYLU members Rustam Aliev and Farid Mamedov created website about Karabakh conflict. (www.karabakh.org) This site includes the trues about Karabakh war and history of this region. You can also find information concerning Khodjali genocide in this site.

From August, 2000 to present AYLU realising the progaram which called "Improvement of practical skills of law students". The programm implementing by the own power of AYLU members. As a part of program AYLU published the info-bulleteen "Young Lawyers". The law students also participating at the criminal and civil court proseses as an observers.

On October 16, 2000 at the AYLU offise has been organized the meeting of the director of the Independent Sociaty for Human Rights in Georgia Uche Nanuashvili with the AYLU leaders Nadir Adilov, Ramil Iskenderov and Elmar Mamishev. At the meeting Uche Nanuashvili talked about human rights situation in Georgia. At the meeting also discused the ways of future collaborations beetwen above mentioned organizations.

On 7 November, 2000 AYLU as a part of Electronical legal Aids programm sent via email the law of Azerbaijan Republic on NGOs in native language. AYLU email address book includes more than 150 email addresses.

On December 6, 2000 in AYLU offise was held the meeting of AYLU leaders Ramil Iskenderov and Elmari Mamishev with the "Project harmony" Program Director Paul Lawrence and Azerbaijani coordinator Gurbanali Alekperov. At the meeting Ramil Iskenderov informed the quests about AYLU activities.

Paul Lawrence said:

"Project Harmony is a not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that active citizenship and community involvment strengthen the international community. Project Harmony has 17 representative offices in the US, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and currently works in four main areas:

- Professional Development
- Educational Programs
- Internet Technology
- Community Development

The first year of the program aims to develop two distinct online communities-one serving the development of small businesses and one serving organizations that aid refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)". At the end meeting Ramil Iskenderov said that AYLU hopes to collaborate with "Project Harmony" in the future. The first step of collaboration will be participating of Ramil Iskenderov at the "Project Harmony" and FANGOMs members meeting on 14 December, 2000 at the "Hayat" International offise.

Azerbaijan Young Lawyers' Union
370010 Baku , Azerbaijan
D. Alieva str., 251
Tel/Fax: (99412) 988804 (offise)
Tel: (99412) 42 56 44 (Ramil)
Tel: (99412) 76 23 22 (Elmari)
email: ylu@azeurotel.com
alternate email: aylu@box.az
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