Azerbaijani MPs assess U.S. Department of State's report as tool of pressure
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 12 / Trend , A.Huseynbala/
The report on human rights by the U.S.
Department of State is one of the tools of pressure on our country, said Azerbaijani MPs.
"I regret that a country like the
United States, with its democratic image and objective policies, circulated such a report," a member of the Political Council of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), MP Aydin Mirzazade, told Trend .
The U.S. Department of State issued a report on the situation with human rights in Azerbaijan in 2009. According to the report, during 2008 presidential election, a referendum in 2009 and municipal elections, the right of citizens to peacefully change their government was limited.
The U.S. embassy in Azerbaijan played certain role in the preparation of such a report by the U.S. Department of State. "As though the embassy of the country does not function inside Azerbaijan. In addition, it is felt that the report was based on the slogans of a party which is in radical opposition to the government of Azerbaijan. Absolutely the objectivity, comprehensive study of the issue, assessment of the real situation in Azerbaijan is not felt," said the MP.
This report is totally contrary to the statements by the U.S. government, the country's embassy to Azerbaijan and U.S. officials. "Without a doubt, the statements by U.S. officials, the U.S. embassy in Azerbaijan highlight the presence of democratic development in the country, respect for all elements of Azerbaijan's integration into the world community. However, this report does not correspond to any of these statements. On the other hand, it seems that the report was deliberately distorted, it deliberately exaggerated colors and Azerbaijan is presented as a very backward country, where even the understanding of democracy has been prohibited," said Mirzazade.
"Some of the shortages identified in the report by the
U.S. Department of State exist in Azerbaijan, but not in such an exaggerated form," the head of Great Establishment Party (GEP), MP Fazil Mustafa told Trend on March 12.
He said that some steps should be taken towards eliminating existing problems in the field of human rights.
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