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2017 October 26 ( Thursday )  14:34:42
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European Court Recognizes Right to Deny So-Called "Armenian Genocide"

Strasbourg / 26.10.17 / Turan: The European Court of Human Rights issued a verdict on the Perincek v. Switzerland resonance case last week. The court concluded that denying the so-called "Armenian genocide" is permissible within the framework of freedom of speech.

According to the ECHR website, the court ruled that the ban on denying the "Armenian genocide" in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 is a violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, where freedom of speech is guaranteed.

The case, which the ECHR considered, concerned the dispute between the Turkish politician, the leader of the Workers Party, Dogu Perincek, and the Swiss authorities.

In 2005 Perincek took part in several public events in Switzerland, in which he stated that the deportations and killings of the Armenian population in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 were not genocide.

Perincek"s words led to the initiation of a criminal case against him by the Swiss authorities and in 2007 he was sentenced to a fine.

Perincek challenged Switzerland"s decision in the ECHR, which took the side of the Turkish politician in 2013. After that, Switzerland appealed the decision of the ECHR, saying that denying the "Armenian genocide" means accusing Armenia of falsifying history. However, this did not help.

Recall that the so-called "genocide of Armenians" was first recognized by Uruguay in 1965, and then by about 20 states, including Russia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, some of the US states, the Vatican, and the European Parliament. -02D-

Ilgar Mammadov case: Council of Europe notifies Azerbaijan of intention to launch unprecedented legal action

The Committee of Ministers of the 47-nation Council of Europe has formally notified Azerbaijan of its intention to launch legal action related to the implementation of the Ilgar Mammadov v. Azerbaijan judgment from the European Court of Human Rights.

The court ruled in May 2014 that the arrest and extended detention of Mr Mammadov, an opposition politician, was in violation of several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court found, in particular, that the actual purpose of his prosecution and detention was to silence or punish him for criticising the government, in violation of Article 18 of the convention. To date the court has found a violation of Article 18 in only five judgments and in all of these cases, except Ilgar Mammadov v. Azerbaijan, the applicants were released.

However, more than three years later, Mr Mammadov remains in prison.

The Committee of Ministers decided today, for the first time, to launch a procedure introduced in 2010 according to which a case can be referred back to the European Court of Human Rights to decide whether its non-implementation is a further violation of the convention.

In today"s Interim Resolution, the committee gave Azerbaijan until 29 November to submit its view in writing. Unless the judgment is implemented in the meantime, a further Interim Resolution sending the case back to the European Court of Human Rights will be discussed by the Committee of Ministers on 5 December.

CNN TV Presenter Included in "Black List" of Azerbaijan

Baku / 26.10.17 / Turan: The presenter of a show on the American CNN TV channel, chef cook Anthony Burden has been included in the list of undesirable persons for his visiting the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hikmet Hajiyev stated that Burden has been included in the "black list" "for showing disrespect to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan and violation of the Azerbaijani legislation."

"We regret that Anthony Burden has turned into a propaganda tool to justify and conceal the fact of the occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia. The preparation of a show program on cooking in the occupied territories is a disrespect to one million Azerbaijani internally displaced persons forcibly expelled from their lands," Hajiyev said.

He called the shooting of the show program on the territories that were subjected to ethnic cleansing an immoral act.

Burden himself wrote on Facebook about visiting the Azerbaijani town of Shusha occupied by the Armenian troops for his TV show Anthony Burden: Unknown Places. -03D--

Nureddin Mammadli Doubts Version about Preparation of Terrorist Assault at Opposition Rally

Baku / 26.10.17 / Turan: If the employees of the State Security Service (SSS) really prevented a terrorist attack planned for the rally of the National Council of Democratic Forces (NCDF) on October 28, liquidating the organizers of this crime, then this is commendable. This opinion was expressed by the head of the Supreme Mejlis of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA), member of the NCDF coordinating center, Nureddin Mammadli.

At the same time, Mammadli, pointing to the presence of other assumptions on this issue, questioned the plausibility of the version about the preparation of a terrorist attack at the rally.

"There may be goals to intimidate the population with the possibility of a terrorist attack at a rally, or a demonstration of the presence of opponents who are ready to commit terrorist attacks," Mammadli said.

The day before, the SSS reported on the liquidation in the course of a special operation in the Lokbatan settlement of three men who swore allegiance to one of the terrorist organizations abroad and prepared a terrorist attack at the October 28 opposition rally in Baku. -06D-

Afgan Mukhtarly"s Spouse Awarded Pavel Sheremet Prize

Tallinn / 26.10.17 / Turan: The Pavel Sheremet Journalism Prize for 2017 awarded to the journalist Afgan Mukhtarly, who is kept in custody in Azerbaijan, was given to his wife, Leila Mustafayeva.

The presentation ceremony took place within the framework of the civil society conference on the EU Eastern Partnership program in Tallinn, Estonia.

Speaking at the ceremony, Leila Mustafayeva said the arrest of her husband Afgan Mukhtarly is not only a problem for Azerbaijan. "Another country included in the Eastern Partnership program is responsible for his kidnapping and arrest, and it is Georgia," Mustafayeva said.

In her opinion, it is necessary to demand the release of not only Afgan Mukhtarly, but also other 160 people arrested in Azerbaijan for political reasons. Among them, there are about 10 journalists. "Europe should not, because of its economic interests, turn a blind eye to the trampling of human rights in Azerbaijan," she said.

Recall that the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EAP CSF) in July announced the arrested Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarly winner of the Pavel Sheremet Journalism Prize for 2017.

Afgan Mukhtarly was abducted in Tbilisi on May 29, 2017 and brought to Azerbaijan, where he was charged under three articles of the Criminal Code: 315 (resistance to a representative of the government with the use of force), 318.1 (illegal border crossing) and 206.1 (smuggling). Afgan Mukhtarly denies the charges, saying at the trial that his arrest is a political order. -71C-

Rufat Safarov"s Complaint about Torture Not Satisfied

Baku / 26.10.17 / Turan: The Khatai district prosecutor"s office did not satisfy the complaint of the former investigator Rufat Safarov, who is kept in Prison No. 9. Turan was told about this by his father Eldar Sabiroglu.

According to him, the Khatai prosecutor"s office carried out investigations based on a complaint submitted by Safarov"s lawyer Bahruz Bayramov. However, the prosecutor"s office refused to open a criminal case.

Moreover, to the decision of the prosecutor"s office, a characteristic from Prison No. 9 is attached, in which Safarov is presented as a person "violating the normal activities of the institution, blackmailing its employees, opposing the statehood, leading opposition propaganda, seeking to influence the weak-willed, and inclined to inflict bodily injury to himself and others."

Sabiroglu believes such characteristics are usually given to particularly dangerous criminals and recidivists.

"Anything can happen to Rufat. Rufat is neither crazy nor insane. It follows from the characteristic that serious threats expect him "and for this, the ground is being prepared," Sabiroglu believes.

* R. Safarov was an investigator of the Zardab district prosecutor"s office. On December 20, 2015, he made a statement on lawlessness in law enforcement and resigned.

In late December of the same year, a criminal case was launched against Safarov on charges of taking bribes. In September 2016, the Lankaran Court for Grave Crimes sentenced Safarov to 9 years of imprisonment.

Rufat Safarov is the son of a former MP from the ruling New Azerbaijan Party and the former head of the Defense Ministry"s press service, Eldar Sabiroglu. -05B06-

Sex-appealing Sheep Welcomed Males of the Flight Baku-Kyiv

Kiev/26.10.17/Turan: Pretty hot and tempting "sheep" welcomed the male part of the flight "Baku-Kyiv" of infamous low-cost "Buta Airways " on October 24th at the Borispol airport.

The protest action appeared in response to the promotion of sex tours in Kiev by Azerbaijan airlines. The advertisement encourages hot Azerbaijan machos to fly to Kiev in pursuit of affordable sexual pleasures.

The appearance of the activist invokes the authors of the advertisement to return to the traditional ways of satisfying unbridled shepherd"s lust.

FEMEN demands from the Ukrainian authorities to prohibit Buta Airways to arrange air sex tours to Ukraine, right up to official apology of the company management to Ukrainian women.

"Buta Airways" gives no any comment. -0-

Press Review 10/26/2017

Industrial development in the regions of Azerbaijan, the feasibility of merging banks, and the likelihood of a rise in prices are the leading topics of today"s press.

The newspaper Azerbaijan writes that the development of industry begins with the regions, since one of the main tasks for today is the development of the non-oil sector. In this regard, the author recalls the creation of industrial parks and says that in recent years small, medium and large enterprises have been established in the regions. As an example, he shows the plant Azertekhnoline, which was created by the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park and provides work for 750 people. 56% of the plant"s output is exported. The article reports the completion of the creation of the Agstafa and Neftchala industrial zones.

The newspaper Echo published an article on the need to close problem banks. It reports that Azerbaijani banks are in a difficult situation due to the fact that for many years they have been governed contrary to the laws, and fraudulent schemes of embezzlement have been used.

The newspaper Novoye Vremya published an article about the upcoming rise in prices. For Azerbaijani citizens with an average income, going to the grocery store every day becomes a real test for stress resistance. There is a rapid increase in prices for virtually all types of food products, including domestic ones. Markets are empty. There are sharp jumps in the prices of food products by 15-20%.

Judging by the statements of officials, they have again decided to go the easy way, raising fines and prices. -0---