State Committee of Azerbaijan does not agree with report of U.S. State Department
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.8 /Trend E.Mehdiyev/
The State Committee of Azerbaijan for Work with Religious Organizations commented on the U.S. State Department Report on Human Rights for 2011, regarding to our country.
The report of the State Department doesn't reflect the real situation with the rights of believers in Azerbaijan and is superficial, the State Committee said.
"The report of the U.S. State Department, show poor analytical work and the use of template schemes in addition to a number of gaps and inaccuracies. For example, the report states that the religious community Church of praising has not been registered in the State Committee, although it was officially registered, but under a different name - Word of life. It was also incorrectly stated that the Committee put forward any claim to a religious community Jehovah's Witnesses, while, on the contrary, the community itself appealed to the courts with lawsuits against the committee," the Committee stated.
Partiality is demonstrated also with regard to the religious literature. The authors of the report stated that there are restrictions on publication and distribution of religious literature in Azerbaijan, while this opinion is not shared not only by the State Committee, but by the vast majority of religious communities in Azerbaijan. The committee did not receive any complaints in connection with religious literature, except for complaints of the community, Jehovah's Witnesses, until now, the Committee said.