Deputy PM: Azerbaijan creates legal framework to protect national minorities
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 16 / Trend, K. Zarbaliyeva /
A legal framework has been formed in Azerbaijan to protect national minorities, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs of Azerbaijan Ali Hasanov said addressing the 9th International Conference on the topic of "Cultural Rights of National Minorities and Migrants: Legal Aspects and Their Implementation" in Baku.
"National minorities have been used to create the majority of conflicts around the world. Therefore, all countries must take the issue seriously," he said.
According to Hasanov more than 380 religious communities and NGOs operate in Azerbaijan, 31 of them being non-Islamic communities. He said that this indicates the country's tolerance.
"Necessary legal conditions and opportunities have been created for each religious community's activity. Cultural and historical monuments of national minorities are protected. There is even an Armenian church in the center of Baku, which is also protected," he said.
Hasanov said that though earlier there were problems with migrants, measures have been taken to address the problems of minority issues, making the country attractive to migrants since Azerbaijan's political and economic development.