Azerbaijan, Baku, March 30 / Trend S.Aghayeva /
Those who keep silent about human rights violations in their own country should not pass judgment on other countries, German Bundestag Deputy Catherine Werner believes.
"The release of 62 prisoners is an important step towards the advancement of human rights and democracy in Azerbaijan," German MP, member of the Commission on Human Rights and the General Assembly of the European Parliament Catherine Werner commented on the recent
presidential pardon decree.
"The release of prisoners is a pleasant fact that should only be welcomed. The Federal Government should immediately initiate a dialogue with the government of Azerbaijan for human rights", said the MP.
She said the government of Germany is still lacking political credibility.
"It's necessary to put an end to the policy of double standards. Those who are silent about human rights violations in their own country -- such as mass child poverty and Nazi terror against immigrants -- should not give make generalizing statements about other countries," Werner said.
Successes and problems should be openly discussed within the framework of equal partnership dialogue, MP of the German Bundestag believes.
"The situation in Azerbaijan in the field of economic, social and cultural rights, without doubt, improved. Unemployment and poverty have decreased significantly, while the incomes of the population have increased. At the same time, there is a need for significant improvement in the field of civil and political rights," Werner notes.