“Monument against Talat Pasha in Yerevan is hate crime” – Armenia has been criticized at OSCE

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 25, taking an active part in discussions on the topic of “Fighting against the hate crimes”, Coordinator of the Information Center for Azerbaijani Captives and Hostages, human rights defender Dr. Ahmad Shahidov spoke about the crimes of intolerance, discrimination and hatred in Europe, noting that some political forces support hate propaganda. Speaking about the hate policy that Armenia has practiced for years, the human rights defender gave information about a statue erected in Yerevan and insulting Turkish General Talet Pasha: “Today, Armenia is promoting hate crimes at the state level. The statue you see was erected in Yerevan. The head of Turkish General Talat Pasha is depicted under the feet of the Armenian terrorist Tehliryan. It is a crime of hatred, and the Armenian state today educates its citizens, especially the next generation, in the spirit of hatred towards Turkey and the Turkish people. It is fascism and a source of danger to all mankind and humanity.”

Armenian official, who has twice protested against the human rights defender’s speech, appealed to the OSCE Chairmanship, but Ahmad Shahidov continued his speech and informed participants of the event that the official Yerevan has turned its hate propaganda into public policy.

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.

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