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LAW OF THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC

of May 21, 1999 No. 668-IQ

About the status of refugees and displaced persons (persons moved within the country)

(as amended on 23-04-2021)

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. The basic concepts used in this Law

The basic concepts used in this Law have the following values:

the refugee - the person who is not the citizen of the Azerbaijan Republic, appeared outside the country which citizen is, being afraid, having on that strong reasons, to fall victim of persecutions because of racial sign, nationality, religion, belonging to certain social group or political convictions, not having opportunity or not wishing to use protection of this country from the same precaution, or not having certain nationality, appeared as a result of similar circumstances outside the country where before usually lived, not having opportunity or not wishing to return there because of respect for precaution;

the displaced person (person moved within the country) person forced to leave the permanent place of residence as a result of military aggression, natural and technogenic disasters in the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic and to move on other place.

To the citizen of the Azerbaijan Republic forced to leave on the basis specified in parts one of this Article, the permanent residence in other country and who arrived to the Azerbaijan Republic, the status of the displaced person can be provided by the decision of relevant organ of the executive authority.

Article 2. Refusal cases in provision of the status of the refugee

The status of the refugee is not provided to the following persons:

to person who made as the crime against the world, war crime, crime against humanity and humanity is established according to international law;

to person who committed before entrance on the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic beyond its limits heavy or especially serious crime of non-political nature;

to person accused of making of the actions contradicting the purpose and the principles of the United Nations.

Article 3. Provision of political asylum in the Azerbaijan Republic to foreigners and stateless persons

The political asylum is provided to foreigners and stateless persons according to part one of Article 70 and Item 21 of article 109 of the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic.

Article 4. The omission of person wishing to receive the status of the refugee on the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic

Person wishing to receive the status of the refugee is passed on the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic through control border check-points according to the legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic.

Article 5. Discharge for illegal entrance. Refusal of the direction or forced return of refugees to the country from where they arrived

The person which illegally arrived to the Azerbaijan Republic from other state for the reasons specified in part one of article 1 of this Law, and who as soon as possible addressed to the relevant authority is exempted by reasoned decision of this body from liability, the stipulated by the legislation Azerbaijan Republic.

The refugee cannot be under no circumstances directed or compulsorily returned to the country where his life or freedom will appear under the threat for the reasons specified in part one of article 1 of this Law.

Chapter II. Legal status of refugees and displaced persons (persons moved within the country)

Article 6. The rights and obligations of refugees and displaced persons (persons moved within the country)

Refugees have the rights and freedoms of citizens of the Azerbaijan Republic, have obligations, identical with them, if the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic, by this Law and other legal acts does not provide other cases.

The following guarantees are provided to person which received the status of the refugee or displaced person (person moved within the country) in accordance with the established procedure:

free moving and transportation of property on the temporary residence;

obtaining in places of temporary residence and in hospitals old men, children, persons with disability, needy and persons who lost the head of the family, according to the procedure, established by relevant organ of the executive authority. - necessary drugs and medical care;

education;

acquisitions on an equal basis with the citizens who are constantly living in settlements, food and manufactured goods;

receipts of the one-time and other help appointed by the state;

first-priority accommodation of pensioners and persons with disability, incapable of self-service due to illness, disability, and also not having able-bodied relatives or legal representatives who can give leaving and help to person (family) at the special companies of social security;

obtaining in time, established by this Law, the status of the refugee or the displaced person (person moved within the country);

excitement of question of compensation of the caused material and other damage;

appeals to the court for protection of the violated rights;

returns to the former residence.

The foreigners and stateless persons which received the status of the refugee in the Azerbaijan Republic can leave the Azerbaijan Republic based on the "Travel document" issued to them for departure out of limits of the Azerbaijan Republic and to drive to the Azerbaijan Republic without receipt of a visa.

Person which received the status of the refugee has the rights and has obligations which are stipulated by the legislation the Azerbaijan Republic for foreigners and stateless persons.

Person which received the status of the refugee can be voluntarily placed in the center of content of illegal migrants of relevant organ of the executive authority according to the procedure, established by the Migratory code of the Azerbaijan Republic, before receipt of work or the residence by it, or for the term of no more than three months.

Article 7. Adaptation of refugees to local conditions and transition to citizenship, rendering the humanitarian assistance to them

For adaptation of refugees to local conditions, transition to citizenship, studying of language, acquaintance with the rights and obligations, conditions are created.

The refugee can use the humanitarian assistance.

The refugee can obtain citizenship of the Azerbaijan Republic according to the Law of the Azerbaijan Republic "About citizenship of the Azerbaijan Republic".

Article 8. The direction of foreigners and stateless persons to other country

Person to whom according to this Law the status of the refugee and shelter cannot be provided can be sent to other country.

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