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About the AzCBL

   Background

   The Azerbaijan Campaign to Ban Landmines (AzCBL) is a non-governmental, non-political, non-commercial organization, founded in June 1998 by a coalition of local NGOs:

  • Institute of Peace and Democracy
  • Azerbaijan Committee of the International Humanitarian Movement “Refugees Against Landmines”
  • Society of Women of Azerbaijan for Peace and Democracy in the Transcaucasus
  • Society Akhiska Turks “Vatan” (“Motherland”)
  • League of Citizen’s Labor Rights Protection
  • Unity of Baku and Baku Villages

Since 2001, the AzCBL has functioned as an independent NGO.

The AzCBL is a member of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), a global network of over 1,400 organizations in more than 90 different countries, working together towards the vision of a world free of antipersonnel landmines.

Research and monitoring of the country’s landmine situation, lobbying for Azerbaijan’s accession to the Mine Ban Treaty, promoting public awareness of the issue and assisting mine survivors are the AzCBL's main areas of involvement

As a result of its research efforts, the AzCBL has written the Azerbaijan country report for the ICBL's Landmine Monitor Report each year, from 1999 to 2006.

The AzCBL was one of the founders of the Caucasus Campaign to Ban Landmines, which was founded in January 1999 in Baku, and in June 2004, created the Azerbaijan Landmine Victims Association, a peer-support network of just over twenty members, designed to provide on-going social support to landmine survivors.

Since 2003, the AzCBL has been part of the global Cluster Munitions Coalition.

View the AzCBL Brochure.

Mission Statement:

To work towards a landmine-free Azerbaijan by promoting Azerbaijan’s accession to the Mine Ban Treaty and to raise awareness about and attend to the problems created by the presence of landmines in our country.

Aims:

  • to promote Azerbaijan’s accession to the Mine Ban Treaty
  • to research and monitor the landmine situation in Azerbaijan and allow for public scrutiny of the demining process and all mine action activities
  • to promote the physical, psychological, social, political, and economic reintegration of mine survivors, their families and their communities
  • to protect mine survivors’ rights
  • to ensure the physical and psychological security of individual Azeri citizens, and entire communities
  • to carry out mine awareness campaigns and building public opinion against landmine use

Activities:

  • lobbying government officials, members of parliament and other authorities to act in line with the principles of the Mine Ban Treaty and work towards Azerbaijan’s accession to the treaty
  • researching and monitoring of the landmine/UXO situation in Azerbaijan to acquire accurate information regarding the territory were mines and UXO are laid, the number and type of explosives present, the number of new mine/UXO victims and the nature of their needs, and mine action activities undertaken to address the problem
  • supporting landmine survivors by advocating for and providing support for their physical, psychological, social and economic reintegration
  • promoting public awareness and shaping public opinion through media outreach, seminars and training
  • producing publications on the landmine issue and disseminating regular news bulletins
  • maintaining a library of resources on the landmine issue
  • developing and maintaining a network with related national and international organizations