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THE GENDER RESEARCHES

In this section the gender researches are presented. The researches have been realized by the Azerbaijan authors with 1998 on present time




HOT LINE

To the submitted addresses it is possible to receive legal, psychological and medical aid:

The Crisis Center:
t: 4943376
wcc@online.az


legal consultation. pre-judicial preparation of the documentation . psychological rehabilitation, consultations of the gynecologist. psychiatrist, neuropathologist.

MHAIDS Azerbaijan:
t: 5106614 mhaids@initiative.az


consultations of the gynecologist. psychiatrist, neuropathologist. venereologist, the organization of the specialized analyses

Research Center AREAT
t: 438 15 77:

areat@azeronline.com

Consultations in registry offices about an opportunity of the conclusion of the marriage contract at registration of a marriage as precautionary measure against economic violence over family.

LTD Law and Order:
: (050) 341 06 60
law_order@gender-az.org


legal consultation, drawing up of judicial claims , pre-judicial preparation of the documentation, participation in judicial sessions as the public defender (prosecutor)

Clean World Social Union
: 497 10 58


Support to victims of human trafficking shelter for victims of human trafficking




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Commissioner for human rights (ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan



"I swear to faithfully and honestly fulfill my powers as the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to observe the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and to act independently and impartially"

Oath of the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan

ELMIRA T. SULEYMANOVA

Elmira Suleymanova was born on 17 July, 1937 in Baku city. In 1959 she graduated from the faculty of chemistry at the Baku State University and started to work at the Institute of Petro-chemical processes of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. Has served as a head of laboratory, chief scientist. Holds a degree of Ph.D., doctor of Chemistry (1980), professor (1982), member of the New York Academy of Sciences (1997).

An author of more than 210 scientific publications, over 40 innovations, supervised 2 doctors and 14 candidates of sciences. Presented her scientific studies at more than 30 International conferences including 7 symposiums on petrol chemistry.

Well-known scientist and internationally and nationally recognized Leader of civil movements. Her public activities and civil position are always closely connected with the protection of Human Rights.

From 1990 one of the Leaders of women's movement in Azerbaijan. Passed a courses on Women's Leadership at the Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand). In 1990-1994 was a vice-president of Woman Organization of Azerbaijan. Founder, President (1994) and the honorary member (2002) of the Azerbaijan Women & Development Center (AWDC), the only NGO in Azerbaijan in Special Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC. Being the member of the 15 International Organizations this Center works in close collaboration with different UN departments.

Elmira Suleymanova is one of the Leaders of the International Women's Movement.

Has received numerous awards for the defense of Human Rights.

In 1998 she was honored by the Rochester University (New York, USA), as one of 100 World Heroines, in recognition of her Courageous acts and lifetime achievements furthering the cause of Woman Rights and for serving as a role model for women and girls around the world.

Participated at the UN General Assembly Special Sessions and Global Conferences on Human Rights (Vienna, 1993), Population and Development (Cairo, 1994, Haque, 1999), the Annual Sessions of UN Commission on Women's Statues (1995-2002), Habitat issues (Istanbul, 1996, New-York, 2001), Social Development Issues (June, 2000, Geneva), UNGASS on Children (May, 2002, New York) and other as a member of the governmental orNGO delegation.

On the eve of the 10th Anniversary of Children Rights Convention she established the Azerbaijan Child-to-Child Peace, Network and School of children's Leadership, created Alliance of NGOs that consolidated more than 50 women and children organizations, working on protection and promotion of Child Rights. Presented the Alliance at the European Regional CEE-CIS UNICEF/NGO Committee (2000-2002).

Created the first Social Resource Center for elderly people in the country (2001).

Participated with presentations in above 70 Global, Regional, and International Conferences in more than 50 countries, also at the UN General Assembly Special Session on Women, the Annual Sessions of UN Department of Public Information (New-York, 1995-2002), Fourth World Conference of Women (Beijing, 1995), Hague Appeal for Peace (Hague, 1999), Food Summit (1996), Istanbul Summit (1999), World Assembly on Aged (Madrid, 2002), etc.

Elmira Suleymanova was a member of the Pardon Commission at the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, member of the Coordinating Council of the World Azerbaijanis.

She is "Honorable Chemist" and the Innovator of USSR, Laureat of the Y. Mammadaliyev Prize. She was awarded with the order of "Honor Sign", "Veteran of Labour".

On 2 July, 2002 was elected by the Country Parliament to the Position of the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Member of the International Ombudsman Institute and the European Ombudsmen Institute since 2003.

Has been honored with the International Peace Prize for creating a Harmony of Humankind (New-York, 2003).

The position of the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) has been established in Azerbaijan in accordance with the commitments undertaken by the Republic of Azerbaijan upon accession to the Council of Europe on 25 January, 2001 and signing of the European Convention on Human Rights in 2001

Constitutional Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Constitutional Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan was adopted on 28 December, 2001.

Inclusion of this Law into the constitutional legislation as its integral part is its feature which proved that the securing of human rights has a leading role in the State's policies.

The regulation of the Ombudsman's activities at the Constitutional Law level shows its importance for the society and underlines its distinction from other public authorities and exclusive place in the system of the human rights protection.

Amendments to the legislation made in connection with the Commissioner's activities

On 2 July, 2002, the Milli Mejlis (Parliament) adopted the Law on Amendments to legislative acts of the Republic of Azerbaijan in connection with the implementation of the Constitutional Law on the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Amendments to the acts of law were directed to address in different legal acts the requirements concerning the candidate of the Commissioner, issues related to the immunity of the Commissioner, financial, social and other guarantees arisen from his status as well as regulation of the matters related to the Commissioner's activities.

One of such amendments is the establishment, in the Code of Administrative Offences, of the administrative liability for limitation of the lawful activities of the Commissioner or for interference with his activities, which enforced the guarantees of the Commissioner's independence.

Amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan

On 22 June 2002, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed the Decree on Holding Nation-wide Vote (Referendum) With a View to Amending the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which served the basis for holding the referendum on 24 August 2002 resulted in adoption of the amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

As a result of the amendments the issue of the election of the Commissioner was referred the competencies of the Milli Mejlis and the article on powers of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan was amended to include the provision about the submission, to the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan, of the proposals concerning the election of the Commissioner.

Entitlement of the Commissioner with the right to file a request, to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan, concerning the violation of the human rights and freedoms by the normative acts of the legislative or executive acts of municipalities or courts, has a special importance.

Requirements concerning the candidate of the Commissioner and the terms of his officeAny citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan of high moral character and aged not less than 30 years who has a higher education and experience in the field of

human rights protection may be elected as a Commissioner for the only one term of 7 years, in accordance with the Law.

A person who possesses a dual citizenship, or has obligations before other states, or works in legislative, executive and judicial bodies, or is engaged in any lucrative activity, excluding research, teaching and creative activities, or the legal incapacity of which has been judicially established, or has been convicted of a serious or particularly serious crime may not become a Commissioner.

The Commissioner may not be engaged in any political activity and may not be a member of any political party or be represented in the board of any non-governmental organisation.

Who and how elects the Commissioner

The Commissioner shall be elected by 83 votes majority of the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan from among three candidates nominated by the President of the Republic of Azeraijan, in accordance with the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman).

If the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan fails to take a decision with regard to these three candidates, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall, within 15 days, submit a new list of tree candidates to the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Election of the first Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan

President Heydar Aliyev of the Republic of Azerbaijan has submitted a list of three candidates for the position of the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan. On 2 July 2002, Professor Elmira Teymur gizi

Suleymanova was elected, out of three nominated candidates, as the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, by the majority of 111 votes out of 112 participating members of the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the same day she made an oath of the first Azerbaijani Ombudsman at the Parliament.

Safeguards of the independence of the Commissioner

The Commissioner is independent and obeys only the Constitution and Laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The independence of the Commissioner is guaranteed by his irrevocability; immunity, as regards his activities as the Commissioner and his ideas expressed during the implementation of the Commissioner's duties, in the course of duty and upon resignation from the position; inadmissibility of the interference with his or her activities by any governmental or municipal body or official; provision of financial and social guarantees.

Declaration of a state of emergency or martial law shall not cease or restrict the activities of the Commissioner.

The tasks of the Commissioner

The position of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Azerbaijan is established to restore the human rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan and in the international treaties to which the Republic of Azerbaijan is a party, violated by governmental and municipal bodies and officials of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The activities of the Commissioner do not restrict or substitute the competence of other governmental bodies ensuring the protection and restoration of violated human rights and freedoms.

Investigation of the activities of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, members of the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the judges of the Republic of Azerbaijan is not within the powers of the Commissioner.

Decisions of the Commissioner concerning the complaints about the violation of human rights are not of instruction nature; he/she does not have the power to quash any decision on any case. However, the law provides the Ombudsman with the wide competencies in the field of investigation of complaints, restoration of violated rights. These competencies, together with his personal authority in the society, create a sufficient foundation for the restoration of the violated human rights.

Terms of reference of the Ombudsman

The Commissioner examines the complaints on violation of human rights from citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, foreigners and stateless persons, as well as legal entities.

The Commissioner may submit motions to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan with regard to granting pardon, citizenship and political asylum, as well as submit motions to the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan with regard to the adoption or review of laws with a view to ensuring human rights and freedoms, and the motions with regard to declaring amnesty.

The Commissioner may examine complaints on violations of human rights relating to red-tape, loss or delayed delivery of documents in the courts as well as delays in the execution of the court decisions.

Procedure and terms of the submission of complaints; content of a complaint

Complaint may be lodged with the Commissioner within a period of one year from the date on which the alleged violation of rights of the applicant occurred or he/she became aware of that violation.

Complaints addressed by the persons held in the penitentiary institutions, detention wards or places of interim custody are to be delivered to the Commissioner within 24 hours without being subjected to any kind of censorship.

Third person or NGO may lodge a complaint with the consent of the person, human rights of which have allegedly been violated (safe in the cases of impossibility to obtain the consent).

A complaint shall set out: the full name and address of the applicant; the essence of a decision or an act (or an omission) allegedly violated his/her rights (the place and date of the complaint and the signature of the applicant.

Anonymous complaints are not be pursued, but if the circumstances indicated in an anonymous complaint are attested by sufficiently substantiated facts, such complaint might be admitted for the examination.

Governmental bodies cannot lodge the complaint with the Commissioner.

Grounds for refusing a complaint

  • If the complaint had been lodged after one year from the date on which the alleged violation of rights of the applicant occurred or he/she became aware of that violation;
  • If the complaint is beyond the competence of the Commissioner;
  • If the complaint is anonymous, excluding the cases referred before;
  • If the complaint is being examined within the court proceedings;
  • If the re-submitted complaint does not contain any new information, facts and evidence.

  • Powers of the Ombudsman in the investigation of the facts addressed in the complaint

    While investigating the circumstances indicated in a complaint on violations of human rights, the Commissioner receives observations as to that complaint from the body or official complained of, which have to be submitted within 10 days.

    While investigating the circumstances indicated in a complaint, the Commissioner has the following rights:

  • to have access, without hindrance and prior notification, to any governmental and municipal body, military units, penitentiary institutions, detention wards or places of interim custody; to meet and interview in private persons held in penitentiary institutions, detention wards or places of interim custody; to obtain the documents confirming the lawfulness of their detention;
  • to receive from any governmental and municipal body, and officials, any necessary information, documents and materials within 10 days;
  • to learn the court decisions (judgments) in force concerning criminal, civil and administrative cases, as well as the materials on dismissal -*of institution of proceedings;
  • during investigation of a complaint, to receive written explanations from officials;
  • to give fact-finding tasks to relevant bodies (such task may not be given to a body or an official whose decision or act (omission) is being complained of);
  • to charge relevant government bodies and organisations with a task of preparing an expert opinion;
  • to be received without delay by heads and other officials of government and municipal bodies, commanders of military units, by officials of penitentiary institutions, detention wards or places of interim custody.


  • With consent of the person whose human rights have been violated, the Commissioner may carry out investigations on his or her own initiative in cases of special public importance, or in cases, where the interests of persons which are not capable to vindicate their rights themselves are affected.

    Where, during an investigation, any circumstances, out of Commissioner's competence, other than those mentioned in the complaint are revealed, the Commissioner refers the materials to relevant government body.

    Competencies of the Ombudsman upon reveal of the facts of violation of human rights

    If, as a result of an investigation, the Commissioner finds a violation of the rights and freedoms of an applicant, he/she may take the following measures:

  • to demand from the governmental or municipal body, whose decision or act (omission) violated the human rights and freedoms, to remedy those violations (the appropriate bodies and officials shall, within ten days, submit to the Commissioner written information of the measures taken in respect of those violations). Where such information is not submitted or the appropriate body fails to comply with the demands of the Commissioner, the latter may apply to the superior authorities;
  • in cases where certain conduct appears to be a criminal offence, to apply to relevant bodies;
  • to submit proposals to relevant bodies on instituting disciplinary proceedings against the officials whose decision or act (omission) violated human rights and freedoms;
  • to apply to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan in cases where the rights and freedoms of a person are violated by legislative acts in force.

  • Additional powers resulted from amendments in the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan

    The constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan as amended on 24 August 2002 provided the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan with the right to have recourse to the Constitutional Court in cases of violation of human rights and freedoms by the normative acts of the legislative or executive, municipal or judicial acts.

    Constitutional Law provided for the recourse of the Commissioner to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan only in cases of violation of citizen's rights by normative acts. Constitutional amendments extended the Commissioner's competence in this field through provision of the right to have recourse to the Constitutional Court for examination of the compliance of the municipal or judicial acts to the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

    Annual report

    According to the Constitutional Law, the Commissioner submits, not later than 2 months after the end of each year, to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan an annual report on the protection of human rights in the country and address with this report the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The annual report indicates the governmental and municipal bodies or officials having violated human rights and failed to comply with the demands of the Commissioner, and of the measures taken in this connection.

    The report is submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Report is published in the "Azerbaijan" newspaper and "Compilation of legislative acts of the Republic of Azerbaijan".

    Office of the Commissioner

    The Office is set up for providing the Commissioner with legal, organisational, research-analytical, informational, material, technical and financial services.

    The Office of the Commissioner, being a public agency, has a seal and letterheads with the State Emblem of the Republic of Azerbaijan imprinted on them; acts in accordance with the "Regulation on the Office of the Commissioner" which shall be affirmed by the Commissioner. The structure, staff listing and expenditure estimates of the Office of the Commissioner are determined by the Commissioner. Employees of the Office are the civil servants.

    The Office of the Commissioner comprises of two Departments, Secretariat and supplementary units.

    1. Department of issues of the protection human rights and fundamental freedoms.

    This Department consists of the Civil and Political Rights Protection Unit, the Social and economic Rights Protection Unit, the Sentenced Persons' Rights Protection Unit, the Military Serrants Rights Protection Unit, and the Refugees and IDP's Rights Protection Unit.

    The main duty of the Units comprising the Department is the ensuring the handling (including the in-field investigation) of the complaints; collection of the necessary documents; ensuring the comprehensive examination of the facts indicated in the complaint; accompany of the Commissioner during the visits to the penitentiary institutions, places of interim custody, military units; professional legal assessment of the facts of the cases; presentation the Commissioner in the general courts or in the Constitutional Court.

    2. Department of legal education, research-analytical activities and international relations

    This Department consists of the Legal Education Unit, Research-analytical Unit, Information and Public Relations Unit, International Relations Unit.

    Legal Education Unit provides the explanation to the population of the substance of human rights and freedoms defined in the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan and international treaties to which the Republic of Azerbaijan is a party; develops the methodical manuals, booklets, brochures and other for publication; provides the conduct of the international, national and regional seminars, training and conferences dedicated to the human rights and fundamental freedoms.

    Research-analytical Unit conducts analysis of the human rights and fundamental freedoms reflected in the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan and international treaties to which the Republic of Azerbaijan is a party, develops analytical publications and materials, reviews of the compliance of the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the international treaties to which the Republic of Azerbaijan is a party, and on researches and problems in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms; conducts research to reveal gaps and collisions in the national legislation, remove the circumstances preventing exercise of human rights and freedoms; develops proposals for adoption of new laws or review of the active laws with a view to improving the securing human rights and freedoms; in necessary cases prepares the requests to the Constitutional Court on the compliance of the normative-legal acts comprising the system of the national legislation to the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

    Information and Public Relations Unit conducts the informational provision of the functioning of the Commissioner and his/her Office and the coverage of the Commissioner's activities in the mass media; drafts articles, press-releases and information on certain themes and events; provides mass media with the information about the work of the Commissioner in the field of the human rights and freedoms protection, legal education, analytic and international relations; ensures that the Commissioner's participation at different meetings, conferences and other events is reflected on the website of the Commissioner; organize broad casting of the Commissioner presentations on radio and television.

    International Relations Unit provides the establishment of mutual contacts between the Commissioner and similar foreign institutions, international organisations dealing with the protection of human rights and freedoms, foreign and international organisations within the interest of the Commissioner; translates and distributes at international level the information about the creation and activities of the Ombudsman institution in the Republic of Azerbaijan, the role of the Commissioner in the system of human rights protection; ensures the implementation of the joint projects with foreign and international organisations, translation into Azerbaijani language of the incoming documentation, their handling, drafting the reply and opinions.

    THE DAYS OF REECIVING OF COMPLAINS AT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMISSIONER (OMBUDSMAN) OFFICE

    Monday: 10.00-13.00
    Tuesday: 14.00-17.00
    Thursday: 10.00-13.00
    Friday: 14.00 - 17.00

    Address: AZ 1000, Baku, U.Gadjibekov str., 40 Government House, II door

    Contact phones for more information: (99412)98 23 65,93 74 22

    Fax: (99412) 98 23 65, 98 85 74

    E-mail: ombudsman@ombudsman.gov.az apparat@ombudsman.gov.az

    Web-site: www.ombudsman.gov.az
    VIRTUAL MUSEIM

    AGIC promotes creating the history of civil society and those initiations by studying womans public activity in the end of XIX - the beginning of XX centuries. The collection of the visual evidences and oral reminiscences allows not only to recalled the events, become utterly absorbed in the atmosphere that reigned at that time but also to comprehend, understand how and what efforts were demanded for establishing of Caucasus womens rights. The information collected here will serve also as a supporting material for teachers, historians and researchers working in the sphere of womans and gender problems. They will get an opportunity of using these unique documents as historical references, visual and oral evidences.




    EUROPEAN WOMENS THESAURUS

    The European Womens Thesaurus is the tool for definition and search of the "female" information in databanks, the Internet and the collection of womens libraries, the documentary centers and archives. The European Womens Thesaurus contains 2087 European terms.

    In the Azerbaijan version of the Thesaurus are brought 589 terms reflecting sociopolitical realities of the Azerbaijan society, national and Islamic culture.




    GENDER DIRECTORY

    is the data-base of all the national actors involved in women's and gender issues work. The data base supposes to include the gender focal points: State agencies, National parliament, Business sector, Mass media outlets, International organizations, functioning in Azerbaijan, Funding institutions, functioning in Azerbaijan,Diplomatic corps, functioning in Azerbaijan, the individual actors (individual feminists, writers and poets, artists, scientific womens rights lawyers). Attention! The directory is connected by links to databases of womens NGOs (both registered and non-registered), NGOs carrying out gender projects, researchers and teachers.




    AZERBAIJAN STATE COMMITTEE ON FAMILY, WOMAN AND CHILD PROBLEMS

    In Azerbaijan by initiative of the President Ilham Aliev in accordance with Presidential Decree dated by 6 of February 2006 State Committee on Family, Women and Children issues has been established. Chairwoman of the Committee is Mrs. Khidjran Guseynova. She is the professor of the Baku State University and the first woman- the doctor of political sciences in Azerbaijan




    THE NATIONAL DOCUMENTS

    The section presents the international documents on achievement of equality between men and women and protection of human rights for women.




    THE INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTS

    The section presents the international documents on achievement of equality between men and women and protection of human rights for women.




    DATABASE OF WOMEN'S NGO

    The database base of womens NGOs includes the registered and unregistered organizations, womens f groups. Attention! There arent practically precisely profile NGOs in Azerbaijan. For completeness of the information search is recommended to realize by several key words




    DATABASE OF NGOS, CARRYING OUT GENDER PROJECTS

    The database represents the information about the international and national projects on gender problems for the period 1998-2007. Search is carried out both by thematic key words and under names of NGOs






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