Multiculturalism included in Azerbaijan’s state policy
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 3
By Saba Aghayeva - Trend:
Multiculturalism has been included in Azerbaijan's state policy, Azerbaijan's state adviser on Multinational, Multicultural and Religious Affairs Kamal Abdulla said.
He made the remarks at a round table entitled "Comparative research of multiculturalism: from theory to practice of humanism" as part of the fourth Baku International Humanitarian Forum.
"Azerbaijan established the state adviser's service on multinational, multicultural and religious affairs on February 28, 2014," he said. "President Aliyev signed a decree on the establishment of Baku International Center of Multiculturalism on May 15, 2014."
Abdulla said Azerbaijan has created all necessary political and social conditions for developing and strengthening the traditions of multiculturalism.
"Azerbaijan created all necessary conditions for representatives of different nationalities, religions and cultures to exist freely," he said. "Nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev played a special role in strengthening and preserving multiculturalism in modern Azerbaijan, and President Ilham Aliyev sucessfully continues this policy."
Abdulla said that, Heydar Aliyev, the political founder of multiculturalism in the country, considered this issue as an integral part of democracy in Azerbaijan.
"Azerbaijan ensured observing the rights and freedoms of representatives of national minorities," he said.
He said that the country's leadership closely cooperates with international organizations, including the UN, OSCE, OIC and the EU to maintain an atmosphere of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan.
"Azerbaijan has a systematic approach to ensure the multicultural security," he said. "Special attention is paid to this issue. This forum is one of the intellectual indices of multicultural security."
The fourth Baku International Humanitarian Forum is underway as part of eight round tables. The humanitarian problems, prospects and challenges of the twenty first century, taking into account the realities of a globalizing world are being discussed.
The forum is an annual event of the representatives of political, scientific and cultural elite of the world community, including the well-known public figures, Nobel Prize winners in various branches of science and heads of influential international organizations.