POLITICS


INFORMATION ON ALLEGEDLY SHARP CRITICS BY THE US DEPARTMENT OF STATE ON SITUATION IN THE FIELD OF DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN AZERBAIJAN IS NOTHING BUT DECEPTION AND FABRICATION

This opinion was essentially proved in the material sent from the Embassy of Azerbaijan in the United StatesIt is, in particular, stated: ‘Last days in the mass media of Azerbaijan and Russia, including the ‘Turan’ News Agency, newspaper ‘Zerkalo’, ‘Nezavisimaya Gazeta’ and others, appeared series of materials dedicated to the allegedly sharp critics in the field of democracy and human rights in the Republic of Azerbaijan by the US Department of State. Looking through these materials, one unwillingly thinks over whether these authors of such ‘samples of creature’ understand how and what they write. And has really the US Department of State sharply criticized Azerbaijan? There is a deep inconsistency in the question: it turns out that in the report of the US Department of State completely did not include such opinions. It imparts an impression that the authors have successfully recopied these ‘theses’ from each other. True, each of the authors described the item in their own ways. The newspaper ‘Zerkalo’, for example, has ‘actualized’ the situation in the Country by arrogating the three-months old report on the practice in the field of human rights in the foreign states to the Report of the US Department of State published last week, and then zealously calls on protection of the honor of the Azerbaijani state. It befits not the independent edition as ‘Zerkalo’ in such a way to juggle with the facts. Another independent edition, ‘Nezavisimaya Gazeta’, also confused the issue in bringing ‘facts’, which even does not exist in the March Report that was much more critical report on human rights. And now some facts reflecting the reality and giving chance to estimate how muddled up themselves and their readers the primitive international journalists.The Report on ‘US acts for support of human rights and democracy in 2002-2003s’ of the Department of State published on 24 June, is the first of these series to be submitted by the Department of State to the US Congress in compliance with the regulations of the ‘Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003’ signed by the US president on September 30, 2002. The mentioned document is a supplement to the reports on the practice in the field of human rights in foreign states, which have been issued annually over 25 years. The last week report deals with American Administration‘s efforts for improvement of the situation in foreign states rather than human rights and democracy violations in those countries. The report of the executive power to the legislative one is a document indicating how much and which way the financial resources have been used for accounting period. To be unbiased, one should focus on the fact that the part of the report dealing with Azerbaijan, and drawn up by using absolutely the same expressions as in Armenia related issue, indeed, reflects imperfections taking place in Azerbaijan as to the election code, observance of the freedoms of speech, freedom of assembly and conscience, formation of civil society etc. At the same time, the authors of the report said no word about the activity of law enforcement bodies of Azerbaijan, hackneyed issue on ‘political prisoners’ and so-called ‘problem of national minorities’; not to mention presidential power and president’s personality.Summing up, the Embassy says the distorted information spread by mass media is based on both sincere misunderstanding – the authors are not familiar with the document they write of, and conscious tendency to distort the essence and content of the report for the sake of narrow political interests of certain forces, and to portray it as one more ‘reproof’ of Baku from Washington, or as an illustration of the fact that the US Administration ‘does not see the Aliyev’s government as a prospective partner.’

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