On September 16, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, and OSCE executive structures, representatives of inter-governmental organizations, legal professionals, representatives of civil society and researchers from 57 participating States took part in discussions.
On September 23, taking an active part in discussions on the topic of “Democratic institutions, including – Democracy at the national, regional and local levels”, Coordinator of the Information Center for Azerbaijani Captives and Hostages, human rights defender Dr. Ahmad Shahidov recalled Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s behavior amid the latest developments in Armenia, repressive measures against his political opponents, as well as contradictory international statements of Armenian Prime Minister on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and called on the OSCE Member States to make legal and political assessments of these issues: “Today in Armenia, an authoritarian regime based on fascist ideology is consolidating. Armenian Prime Minister uses brutal repression against his political opponents and seeks to control the courts of the country under the so-called “judicial reforms”. His recent statements on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are not in line with international law and OSCE principles. I ask everyone sitting here to give an adequate assessment of these stupid and illegal statements of the Armenian Prime Minister, who says, “Nagorno Karabakh is Armenia””.
PS. The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States is Europe’s largest annual human rights and democracy conference. It is organized every year by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) as a platform for the 57 OSCE participating States, the OSCE Partners for Co-operation, OSCE structures, civil society, international organizations and other relevant actors to take stock of the implementation of OSCE human dimension commitments, discuss associated challenges, share good practices and make recommendations for further improvement.