7 May 2015
On 5 May, Nicolas Tavitian (AGBU Europe director) participated in a conference entitled “Azerbaijan: Double Standards and Crackdown of Minority Rights”. Mr. Tavitian highlighted how the EU could contribute more to the democratization process of its neighbouring countries. He emphasized that above all, the EU’s relationship with Azerbaijan revolves around oil policies and warned about the possibility of a crisis in the country in the near future, unless the situation improves. He also drew important parallels between the situation of minorities in Turkey and Azerbaijan, both of which are important partners to the EU.
The conference was held in the European Parliament and co-hosted by UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization) together with the National Talysh Movement and MEPs Laurențiu Rebega (S&D), Jaromír Štětina (EPP) and Bogdan Wenta (EPP), in light of the continuous disregard of the Azerbaijani government towards its minority ethnic groups.
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