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 Report - ICRC Monthly Bulletin, November 2000 (ICRC)

 Report date: 31.10.2000

AZERBAIJAN

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 of Baku.

An updated description of ICRC activities in Azerbaijan is available for the general public on AzerWeb site (www.azerweb.com/icrc).

AND ELSEWHERE...

Georgia
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.

Philippines
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 Philippines.

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
bakou.bak@icrc.orgwww.icrc.orgwww.azerweb.com/icrc



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