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Amnesty International verifies use of banned cluster bombs by Armenia to attack Azerbaijani Barda

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Amnesty International has verified the use of banned cluster bombs by Armenia for the first time in the current Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, following an attack on the city of Barda in Azerbaijan.

On October 28, 2020, at approximately 1.30 pm (GMT+4) local time, one or several Smerch rockets were fired into Barda, striking a residential neighbourhood close to a hospital. The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office has stated that at least 21 people were killed, with an estimated 70 more injured.

Amnesty International’s Crisis Response experts verified pictures (taken by Vice News reporters in the city) of fragments of 9N235 cluster munitions from 9M55 Smerch rockets, that appear to have been fired into the city by Armenian forces.

“The firing of cluster munitions into civilian areas is cruel and reckless, and causes untold death, injury and misery,” said Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

“Cluster munitions are inherently indiscriminate weapons, and their use in any circumstances is banned under international humanitarian law.”

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Uzbekistan launches national strategy for dev’t of electronic commerce

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The Export Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade held the first meeting of the Working Group on the development of the National Strategy for the Development of Electronic Commerce in the Republic of Uzbekistan within the framework of the Ready4trade grant project. The event was organized in cooperation with the UNCTAD / WTO Center for International Trade and relevant ministries and departments of the country, Trend reports citing Uzdaily.uz.

During the opening ceremony, the head of the Working Group – Deputy Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade B. Rakhimov and Advisor to the Department of Research and Export Strategies of the UNCTAD / WTO Center for International Trade O. Khomula made speeches.

During the event, the members of the Working Group identified priority areas for joint work and drew up a plan of practical actions for the near future. In particular, an in-depth analysis of the country’s e-commerce ecosystem will be carried out at the initial stage.

Also, during their stay in Uzbekistan, the delegation of the Center held a number of meetings with the leadership of the relevant ministries and departments of the country, during which priorities for the development of e-commerce at the national level were identified and the importance of an inclusive dialogue between the state and the private sector in this direction was noted.

The Ready4Trade project is aimed at developing intraregional and international trade in five Central Asian countries by increasing the transparency of cross-border requirements, as well as improving cross-border e-commerce procedures. The project is being implemented by the UNCTAD / WTO Center for International Trade in close cooperation with national partners and funded by the European Union.

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Azerbaijan approves new silk farming standard

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Azerbaijan Institute for Standardization public entity approved a new standard to form the criteria for assessing quality in accordance with international requirements for cocoon and silkworm breeding in Azerbaijan, the State Service for Antimonopoly Policy and Consumer Market Control under the Ministry of Economy told Trend.

The standard is called the AZS 897-2021 ‘Raw (live) silkworm cocoons’. The new state standard will help improve the quality and competitiveness of products.

According to the service, the new standard was developed to ensure the implementation of the State Program for the Development of Cocoon and Silkworm Breeding in Azerbaijan for 2018-2025, approved by the presidential order.

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Yashat allocates $13.2m to improve living conditions of martyrs families, war veterans

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By Ayya Lmahamad

Azerbaijan's Yashat Foundation has allocated AZN 22.6 million ($13.2M) to improve living conditions of martyrs' families and wounded servicemen after receiving 5,667 appeals from them, Azertag reported on August 3.

Yashat was set up to help families of soldiers killed and injured during the Second Karabakh War.

Moreover, AZN 5.6 million ($3.2M) were allocated to pay for the medical and educational expenses of 2,357 such citizens.

The Foundation also repaid AZN 3.8 million ($2.2M) in loans following appeals by 1,152 martyrs' family members and disabled war veterans.

Furthermore, a total of 120 seriously wounded servicemen were sent to Turkey for treatment with Yashat’s help. Sixty-four of them have fully recovered and fifty-six are currently receiving treatment.

Likewise, within the framework of a project "They have been entrusted to us", 100 martyrs' children born after the Patriotic War received financial assistance in the amount of AZN 1,000 ($588.2) and deposits in the amount of AZN 5,000 ($2,941) have been opened in their names.

Additionally, Foundation has also organized a summer camp for children of martyrs who lost their lives during the Karabakh war of last year. It is planned to organize six camps with the participation of 300 children.

Set up in 2020, the foundation’s work covers the families of servicemen killed or disabled during the war and also the families of employees of state bodies (institutions) who became disabled or lost their lives while serving in the liberated lands or while removing the consequences of military operations in the liberated lands.

Yashat receives donations made through voluntary financial assistance provided by Azerbaijani citizens, Azerbaijanis living abroad, other individuals and legal entities, as well as other sources not prohibited by law.

As of August 3, the foundation has collected over AZN 61.6 million ($36.2M).

A single database created in accordance with a decree signed by President Ilham Aliyev in November 2020 contains detailed information on the assessment and elimination of damage caused to civilians and state property, including infrastructure facilities and businesses during the Patriotic War.

Ayya Lmahamad is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad

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