By Sabina Mammadli
UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
welcomed the consistent measures taken in Azerbaijan to preserve
the values of multiculturalism, tolerance, and religious
toleration, Azernews reports, citing Foreign Ministry.
The remarks were made during the 107th session of the committee
in Geneva on August 15-16, where the periodic report on the
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination was presented.
At the event, Deputy Foreign Minister Elnur Mammadov noted that
Azerbaijan attaches great importance to cooperation with the
relevant UN human rights treaty bodies. He stressed that Azerbaijan
is a multi-ethnic country, and provided information on the
effective activities of the Baku International Center for
Multiculturalism in the field of promoting the values of
multiculturalism and preserving cultural, religious, and linguistic
diversity in the country.
Further, he brought to attention Azerbaijan's work in connection
with the return of internally displaced persons to their native
lands after the end of the conflict as a result of the country's
victory in the 2020 Second Karabakh War and the restoration of
multi-ethnic communities in these territories, mentioning that
clearing these territories of mines and unexploded ordnances is one
of the priorities.
Besides, Mammadov stressed that in the decision of the court on
provisional measures in the case initiated by Armenia in the
International Court against Azerbaijan, many appeals of Armenia
were rejected, and in a similar case on the claim filed by
Azerbaijan against Armenia, the court demanded Armenia take
measures to suppress the incitement and propaganda of racial
The deputy foreign minister pointed out that the main obstacle
to the implementation of the convention was the decades-long ethnic
cleansing and the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by
Further, the committee members stated that issues related to
hate speech in Armenia will be considered during the presentation
of the periodic report of the government of Armenia.
After the presentation of the report, an interactive
constructive dialogue was held, and answers were given to the
questions raised by the committee members.
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