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 Report - Human Rights Youth Network (AYLU)

 Report date: 28.09.2004

Azeri version

THE HUMAN RIGHTS YOUTH NETWORK (HRYN) HAS BEEN FOUNDED IN AZERBAIJAN

 

On September 24, 2004 Azerbaijan Young Lawyers Union (AYLU), Association of Young Azerbaijani Friends of Europe (AYAFE) and Society for Humanitarian Research (SHR) with financial assistance of the US Embassy in Azerbaijan held the constituent assembly of the Human Rights Youth Network (HRYN) and presentation ceremony of the mentioned project at the International Press Centre.

Chairman of AYLU - Nadir Adilov mentioned in his opening speech that various youth networks and coalitions exist both in Azerbaijan and other countries of the world. HRYN aims to work in the field of human rights. According to the words of N.Adilov, the main purpose for establishing the Network is to mobilize youth efforts, to coordinate their work, to unite and work together within the HRYN by means of stimulating the ongoing reforms in the field of human rights and democratization in Azerbaijan. N.Adilov talking also about other purposes of the Network, mentioned that there are many such kind networks existing in the world: in Russia International Network of Young Human Rights Defenders, Asian Human Rights Network, Youth for the Human Rights Network in Denmark, Caucasus Youth Human Rights Network, Balkan Human Rights Network and other networks can be brought as an example. Then the second speaker and president of one of the executors AYAFE A.Ismayilov talked about the HRYN and mentioned that the project coordinator is deputy chairman of AYLU - E.Mamishov. Within 6 months of the project the Network will base its activities in Baku and 5 regions of Azerbaijan: Sheki, Lenkoran, Ismailli, Khachmaz and Mingachevir. The network will create its Web Page and Internet Information Network, will prepare and distribute monthly electronically newsletter and publish its newspaper and journal. Later director of SHR A. Hasanov in his speech talked about the future perspectives of the Network and mentioned that in future the Network will closely cooperate with international organizations working in the field of human rights protection. According to A.Hasanov the distinctive feature of the Network is that particularly youth will unite within the network to work in the sphere of human rights.

Representatives of international organizations, diplomatic corps and representations working in Azerbaijan participated.

Representative of the US Embassy in Azerbaijan Ms. Laura Seurynck, , Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr. Mats Lindberg, Constitutional Court Head of department Durdana Mammadova, representative of Ombudsman office Munir Mammadov, Human Rights defender Novella Jafaroglu, representative of the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Tourism Akram Abdullayev, chairman of National Assembly of Youth Organizations Fuad Muradov, president of the National Democracy Foundation Ulvi Hakimov in their speeches emphasized the importance of the Network and expressed their hope that the Network will enlighten youth in the field of human rights and at the same time will play a big role in human rights protection. According to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr. Mats Lindberg, Young Lawyers Union conducted enough activities in the sphere of human rights, there is a great need for expansion of this activity. According  to the representative of the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Tourism Akram Abdullayev the Ministry is highly interested in resolution of youth problems. He mentioned that hi is sure, appropriate structures of the Ministry are ready to cooperate with HRYN. Representative of the Constitutional Court Durdana Mammadova mentioned that expansion of the activity of Human Rights Youth Network in regions would be very useful for its activity. So, the more regions will be covered by project, the more enlightened the population will be. Human Rights defender Novella Jafaroglu emphasized the upcoming municipal elections and mentioned that the Network should help young people who want to participate in the municipal elections and increase their activeness in elections. From the speakers Ulvi Hakimov supported the opinion of Novella Jafaroglu. representative of Ombudsman office Munir Mammadov mentioned that formation of such kind networks and existence of other organizations working in the field of human rights would be a great support to the Ombudsman Institute. So, sometimes citizens do not know the exact application procedure to Ombudsman, that is why there is a great need for their enlightenment.

Together with those mentioned above, the representatives of US National Democratic Institute, International Republican Institute, Danish Refugee Council, Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation, leaders of youth organizations, human rights defenders, Mass Media representatives and other persons participated on the event. The measure successfully completed its activity.

Press Service of AYLU  Tel: 441-34-79; 497-32-47

 



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