Azerbaijan

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Location of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan, is a contiguous transcontinental presidential republic in the Caucasus region, situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. The exclave of Nakhchivan is bounded by Armenia to the north and east, Iran to the south and west, while having a short border with Turkey in the northwest.

Legislation

Cannabis and all activities associated with are illegal in Azerbaijan and authorities are actively engaged its it's eradication.[1] Drug trafficking across Azerbaijan's borders is a significant problem, and led to the creation of the National Program for Combating Drug Abuse, Illegal Traffic in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursors. Azerbaijan is a party to a number of United Nations anti-drug-trafficking conventions from the years of 1961, 1971 and 1988, however the MIA states that it fails to intercept 90% of drugs that cross the border, and recorded 10965 drug-related cases from 2000 to 2004, during which some 2000 tons of cannabis was destroyed.[2]

Additional Resources

References

  1. Law of Azerbaijan Republic (2014), mia.gov.az
  2. Trafficking in the Republic of Azerbaijan (2010), International Human Rights Law Institute


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