BAKU, Azerbaijan, January 9. The Commissioner
for Human Rights (Ombudsperson) of Azerbaijan Sabina Aliyeva has
made an announcement on the particular report printed by the US
Commission on International Religious Freedom on Azerbaijan in 2023
and the inclusion of Azerbaijan in a particular watch checklist of the US
State Department, Trend
Aliyeva said that members of many religions have historically
lived in a peaceable and cordial atmosphere in Azerbaijan.
Multiculturalism and tolerance have currently been embraced as
governmental insurance policies, and the nation has applied various
steps to advertise interreligious dialogue. Moreover, Article 25 of
Azerbaijan’s Constitution prohibits restrictions on human and civil
rights and freedoms based mostly on race, faith, language, intercourse, origin,
creed, ethnic, political, or social affiliation.
“It is not any shock that Azerbaijan is without doubt one of the world’s most
religiously tolerant nations, with an distinctive mannequin of
multiculturalism and interreligious dialogue and no incidences of
antisemitism or different spiritual prejudice. Along with mosques,
Catholic and Orthodox church buildings, together with an Armenian church, and
Jewish synagogues function in our nation as locations of worship for
believers,” she stated.
“Clear indicators of this truth embody the institution of
circumstances for individuals to freely maintain their spiritual views, the
excessive diploma of safety of the best to freedom of conscience,
and the just about excellent absence of complaints to the Ombudsman on
this matter,” the ombudsman continued.
“In this regard, within the annual report on the state of spiritual
freedoms within the nations of the world, ready by the US
Department of State, we take into account it biased to say Azerbaijan
among the many nations violating spiritual freedom,” she added.
Once once more, we state that the knowledge contained on this
report about our nation has no foundation; we take into account it essential to
conduct a accountable, sensible, and fact-based evaluation, not
permitting double requirements in making ready such paperwork,” Alieyeva
The Ombudsman additionally added that regardless of what was talked about within the
report, for a few years Azerbaijan suffered from the coverage of
occupation, ethnic cleaning of Armenia, and mass destruction of
religious-historical monuments belonging to our individuals. We would
prefer to remind as soon as once more those that compiled this report that
quite a few cemeteries belonging to Azerbaijanis have been destroyed
and desecrated, together with mosques and locations of worship, in addition to
the falsification of spiritual monuments, on lands which have been
underneath occupation for nearly 30 years, together with now within the
territory of Armenia.
“These information give grounds to say that behind the report ready
by the US State Department, there’s a biased coverage geared toward
making a prejudiced opinion about Azerbaijan on the planet
group,” stated the ombudsman.
Azerbaijani ombudsman continually attracts consideration to making sure
equal rights for all, no matter faith, language, race, and
different grounds. At the identical time, Azerbaijan builds its coverage based mostly
on the precept “No one should be left behind” mirrored within the UN
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the idea of uniting
efforts of all for the sake of additional strengthening the prevailing
stability, multicultural and tolerant atmosphere within the nation,
and pleasant and brotherhood relations between native peoples.
“As the Ombudsman of Azerbaijan, I wish to emphasize as soon as
once more that the publication of such groundless and biased reviews
and statements by the US Commission on International Religious
Freedom is unacceptable,” stated the assertion.
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