Human rights activists vs. head of European Olympic Committees
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 14
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:
The problem with human rights organizations is that their opinion, for some reason, is perceived by many as a truth, and that gives these organizations an opportunity to brand facts and people as they want.
If the human rights activists call some persons "political prisoners", they immediately turn into political prisoners in the eyes of world community, although until recently those persons were simply lawbreakers.
But maybe it is time to think why the human rights organizations, which exist with help of someone's money, are allowed to give their assessments and advice.
"The leadership of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) should insist that the government of Azerbaijan release journalists and activists ahead of the European Games," said the Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists on May 14.
Several questions arise here. Who can contest the decisions of the authorities of the independent country and insist on the abolition of the decisions of its judicial system? And why is up to the representatives of the Olympic Committees of the countries, willing to visit the first Olympic Games in Baku, to do this?
It is clear that the representatives of the human rights organizations are well aware of the enthusiastic comments of the heads of the Olympic Committees of the EU countries. Their national teams will arrive in Baku soon. They are also available on Trend news agency's website and their authenticity is beyond any doubt.
In this case, why are such statements made? They are made to once again hint to Azerbaijan that no one wants to see an independent young republic that is well located politically and geopolitically.
It is also clear that the so-called organization for protection of human rights in question is a convenient tool of pressure on the governments of various countries. It is a bit strange to hear such assessments from the organization that retains its existence with the funds of the US, the country which itself has problems with freedom of speech.
Reporters Without Borders international organization has recorded that the situation with the freedom of speech in the US has become worse than in Ghana, South African Republic and El Salvador as of early 2014. The US has ranked 46th among 180 countries where freedom of speech was monitored. However, following this, the US has faced even more troubles, for instance, the riots in Ferguson.
We will conclude the article here, since it is tactless on our part to interfere in the affairs of another country, with a question. Can we trust the assessments of international organizations for protection of human rights in such complex issues?
Edited by CN
Elmira Tariverdiyeva is Trend Agency's staff writer, follow her on Twitter @EmmaTariver