MPs Cannot Reach Agreement upon Ban Imposed on Wear of Headscarf in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Ilhamgizi / MP Gudrat Hasanguliyev, the chairman of the Popular Front of Unified Azerbaijan Party (PFUAP), considers progress due to introduction of a ban on wear of headscarf in the new bill on Education.
The 11.1.8 Article of the new bill on Education stated that ban was imposed on wear of headscarf (hijab) in all educational centres in Azerbaijan. However, up to now there has not been a prohibition on wear of headscarf in Azerbaijan.
The MP stated that in compliance with the educational system Azerbaijan is a secular state.
Misuse of religion in political purpose always hinder development of democracy in all Islamic countries. " Azerbaijan may to become a religious country like Iran if we not to stop wear of hijab in the country," Hasanguliyev stated.
Another MP Fazil Gazanfaroglu, the chairman of the Great Establishment Party of Azerbaijan, stated in the interview to journalists that he was completely against the new bill which envisages prohibition to wear headscarf in educational centres of the country. He stated that the believers cannot stand apart from receiving education. "Passing of such a bill demonstrates violation of tolerance in the country," Gazanfaroglu added.
The chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Human Rights Rabiyat Aslanova stated to the Trend agency that the Azerbaijani Government is a secular country. She does not consider the ban as violation of human rights.
By the official information by the State Committee, 96% of Azerbaijani population makes up the Muslims, out of which 65% are shiits and the rest 35% are sunnits.
In 1992, the current education bill of Azerbaijan was passed. Since 1995, the Parliament initiated to develop a new bill, but no bill has been developed for the past12 years. The new bill is expected to be discussed, during the Parliamentary session on 28 December.
According to the Article 18 of the Azerbaijani Constitution, the religion is separate from the state, all the religions are equal before law and the state educational system carries a secular character