Azerbaijan: Information on the Minister of the Environment in 1998 and whether the minister was jailed; if so, reason for imprisonment and current status
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||14 January 2004|
|Citation / Document Symbol||AZE42272.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Azerbaijan: Information on the Minister of the Environment in 1998 and whether the minister was jailed; if so, reason for imprisonment and current status, 14 January 2004, AZE42272.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/403dd1e20.html [accessed 23 May 2013]|
Specific references to a Minister of the Environment in 1998 could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources is also referred to as the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (CEP 13 Nov. 2003) and was created by decree on 23 May 2001 (Azerbaijan n.d.), effectively replacing the State Environment Committee, the State Committee for Geology and Mineral Resources, the State Committee for Hydrometeorology and the AZERBMESHA Forestry Agency (CEP 13 Nov. 2003). The current minister is Hussein Bagirov (ibid., Asia Times 28 June 2002).
Asya Manafova is the current chairperson of the Parliamentary Commission on Natural Resources, Energy and Ecology (UN n.d.). While an international Azerbaijani magazine based in California noted that Asya Manafova also headed the Commission in 1998 (Azerbaijan International Spring 1998), other sources indicated that the position of chairperson was vacant in 1998 (WGD 1998, 78; Europa 1998 1998, 509; Europa 1999 1999, 534)
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Asia Times [Hong Kong]. 28 June 2002. "Azerbaijan Denies Polluting Caspian"
Azerbaijan International [Sherman Oaks, Calif.]. Spring 1998. Vol. 6, No. 1. Tamam Bayatly. "AIOC Current Developments: First Caspian Environmental Lab."
Azerbaijan n.d. Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources. "General Provisions."
Caspian Environment Programme (CEP), Baku. 13 November 2003. "By Presidential Decrees of 23 May 2001."
The Europa World Year Book 1999. 1999. 40th ed. Vol. 1. London: Europa Publications Limited.
The Europa World Year Book 1998. 1998. 39th ed. Vol. 1. London: Europa Publications Limited.
United Nations (UN). n.d. "2004 Directory of United Nations Personnel in Azerbaijan."
Worldwide Government Directory. 1998. "Azerbaijan." Washington, DC: Keesing's Worldwide.
Additional Sources Consulted
Internet Sites, including:
Human Rights Internet
International Helsinki Federation
US Department of State
World News Connection