BAKU, 20 November 2014 - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Project Co-ordinator in Baku today signed a Declaration to co-operate on and support combating human trafficking in Azerbaijan. The Declaration was signed by Dereck Hogan, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Baku, and Ambassador Alexis Chahtahtinsky, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku.
MOSCOW / PARIS / WASHINGTON, 19 November 2014 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France) remain deeply concerned that there has been no humanitarian access to the crash site of the military helicopter downed by Azerbaijani forces on November 12. The wreckage of the helicopter lies in a heavily mined area of neutral territory on the Line of Contact.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of a new settlement for 600 IDP families in the city of Ganja.
Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Affairs of Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov informed President Ilham Aliyev of the new settlement. The facility was built under an order of the head of state dated 2007 on supplements to the State Program for the improvement of living conditions and employment of refugees and IDPs.
In an interview with news.az, Bhava Poudyal, the ICRC’s delegate responsible for a mental health programme, explains the value and achievements of the initiative.
When was the programme to support the families of missing persons initiated?
AMOUNT: EUR 7 740 000
0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
Following a revision of the means required to fully implement the Commission's Strategy for Humanitarian Aid, the European Commission has decided to reduce the budget allocated to the 2014 DIPECHO HIP for Central Asia and Caucasus region by an amount of EUR 260 000. The total budget of this revised DIPECHO HIP is now EUR 7 740 000.
BERN, 13 November 2014 – The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister, Didier Burkhalter, expressed his deep concern about yesterday's downing of a helicopter near the Line of Contact. He appeals to the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia to do their utmost to prevent such incidents and to honour the ceasefire regime.
28 Oct - 1 Nov 2014 Almaty, Kazakhstan
On 28 October 2014 a 4-day regional learning workshop on Mainstreaming DRR into Development was held in Almaty. Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, UNISDR and the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society jointly organized the workshop. The workshop aimed to discuss the linkages between disasters and development and review the development planning practices and trends in the context of DRR in Central Asia and the South Caucuses.
After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.
VIENNA, 31 October 2014 – Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), today cited the case of Azerbaijani human rights defender and journalist Khadija Ismayilova in calling on OSCE participating States to refrain from pressuring or harassing individuals for their legitimate activities in supporting the promotion and protection of human rights.
VOLUNTARY RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN
1 – 30 September 2014: In September 2014, a total of 1,719 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan.
Of this, 1,253 came from Pakistan, 447 from Iran, 9 from Tajikistan, 9 from Kazakstan and 1 from the Russian Federation.
The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.
Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept.21
By Nana Kirtzkhalia – Trend:
The cities of Batumi and Poti in Western Georgia have been flooded as a result of continuous rains.
In Batumi rains flooded an auto station and some streets.
The rainfall did not create traffic jams. However, the movement of cars is hampered.
A five-point storm has been recorded on the sea.
In Poti the water rushed into the yards of several residential houses and flooded the first floors.
Local authorities provide aid to victims and assess damage.
The Heydar Aliyev Foundation distributed 10,000 bags and teaching aids on the eve of the school year 2014-2015 for first-form pupils from IDP and refugee families.
Each year, the Foundation presents schoolbags and teaching aids to first-form pupils from refugee and IDP families that were forced to leave their permanent places of residence as a result of Armenia's military aggression against Azerbaijan.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed "strong concern" to the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan over recent violence around the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Kerry met with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and Azerbaijani Presidentt Ilham Aliyev on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales.
They discussed efforts to resolve the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh after "the deadliest period in the conflict since the 1994 cease-fire took effect," a State Department statement said.
The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.
21 AUGUST 2014, 09:30 (GMT+05:00)
By Nigar Orujova
This year's drought will affect the future of Azerbaijan, National Academy of Science said. The torrid summer has already damaged some sectors in Azerbaijan and the rainless weather is expected to continue in the coming days. Moreover, the hottest day of the year with 40-42 degrees above zero is predicted to come on August 20.
GENEVA (19 August 2014) – United Nations human rights experts* today condemned the growing tendency to prosecute prominent human rights defenders in Azerbaijan, and urged the Government “to show leadership and reverse the trend of repression, criminalization and prosecution of human rights work in the country.”
The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan have begun their trilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The meeting began at Putin's summer retreat near Sochi.
Putin said both Azerbaijan and Armenia have the "good will to resolve the conflict peacefully."
News agencies quoted Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev saying the "conflict must be resolved, as it has been going on for two long."
Rising numbers of casualties shake 20-year-old ceasefire agreement.
By Armen Karapetyan, Afgan Mukhtarli - Caucasus
CRS Issue 747,
8 Aug 14
Rising fatalities on the front line around Nagorny Karabakh have raised fears that sporadic shootings may be tipping over into the most serious escalation of tensions since full-scale hostilities ended two decades ago.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of a new settlement for 632 IDP families in Agdam District.