In November the protection team of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
visited persons deprived of their freedom in the SIZO (investigation isolator) of the
Ministry of National Security. The visit was conducted in accordance with the ICRC
standard working procedures. They include private interviews with detainees and
discussions of problems raised by the detainees with the authorities. The ICRC will also,
in due course, submit a confidential report on the visit to the SIZO of the Ministry of
National Security to the 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, 525 detainees are
presently under DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short Course) treatment.
On November 14th in the premises of the House of Government a new agreement of
cooperation in the field of orthopaedic was signed between the Ministry of Labour and
Social Protection and the ICRC . During the ceremony the professional competency
certificates in Prosthetics were granted to 7 Azeri students of the Training Course on
Prosthetics and Orthoses.
In November, the Orthopaedic Centre, operated jointly by the Ministry of Labour and
Social Protection and the ICRC, housed 31 patients in its dormitory and delivered 24
prostheses, 6 orthoses. 25 patients (four of them mine victims) were supplied with
crutches and sticks and 1 patient received a wheelchair.
On November 22nd a group of 13 first- and second-year students of Law and International
Law faculties from the Western University visited the ICRC Delegation and became
acquainted with the history of the ICRC, its activities all over the world and in the
country as well as with the International Humanitarian Law teaching in other Universities
An updated description of ICRC activities in Azerbaijan is available for the general
public on AzerWeb site (www.azerweb.com/icrc).
Tuberculosis-prevention programme develops
On November 13th, the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory was opened in Sukhumi
with participation of the President of Georgia Eduard Shevarnadze and other high-ranking
officials of Georgia. This laboratory is aimed to cover the needs of the National
Tuberculosis Programme and is considered to be used by the TB project in prisons.
Since 1998, based on a tripartite cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Interior,
Ministry of Health, the ICRC has commenced and extended its activities in the field of
early detection and treatment of TB patients in penitentiary sites including women and
high security prisoners.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
ICRC reunites 170 unaccompanied children with their families
No less than 170 unaccompanied children were able to rejoin their families thanks to a
large-scale airlift organized by the ICRC on 3 and 10 November. In the first stage 79
children and adolescents ranging in age from one to 16 years were flown from Goma to the
Congolese capital Kinshasa. The Boeing 737 returned to Goma the same day with another
group of 14 children. A week later, 77 minors took off from Goma bound for Lubumbashi in
Katanga province aboard the ICRC-chartered plane. On their arrival the children were
looked after by the ICRC before being handed over to their families, from whom most of
them had been separated since the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo flared
up again in August 1998.
This operation was the largest airlift of unaccompanied children in the country to
date, and the first time that an ICRC aircraft had been able to go directly from Goma to
Kinshasa overflying Congolese territory.
Since January 2000, the ICRC has reunited 404 Congolese children with their families
and has repatriated 310 children to Rwanda and one to Burundi. It is still trying to trace
the relatives of some 1,200 unaccompanied minors, in both government-controlled and
opposition-held areas of the country, with a view to organizing family reunifications.
Bringing humanitarian law into the classroom
A seminar to raise awareness of humanitarian law among university professors has
culminated in the setting up of a society to spearhead the teaching of the subject in the
Participants in the five-day event, organized jointly by the ICRC and the University of
the Philippines, included prominent lawyers, professors and judges. They explored various
aspects of the law such as provisions concerning women, children, refugees,
internally displaced people and landmines and discussed the law as it relates to
the Philippine experience. Australian Red Cross representatives and ICRC staff working in
the region spoke on the connection between humanitarian law and the work of the Red Cross.
The new Philippine Society for International Humanitarian Law, formed as a result of
the seminar, will work to encourage inclusion of the subject in the school curriculum and
to foster the growing body of related literature in the country.
Information on the medical and other needs assessed by the ICRC in Israel/occupied
territories / autonomous territories is now available in English, French and Spanish for
general public on the ICRC official website. (www.icrc.org)
For further information please, contact
ICRC DELEGATION BAKU
FATALI KHAN KHOISKI av. 98A, REPUBLIC STADIUM, 370072, BAKU
Tel: 90 63 34, 90 63 35, 90 64 52 Fax: 90 65 19
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