The Red Cross visited Karabakh hostages

Employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) April 14, attended by the Azerbaijanis taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar. This was reported by Head of Public Relations of the Azerbaijani representation of ICRC Ilaha Huseynova, reports APA.

Through ICRC staff arrested and detained in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev exchanged information with their loved ones.

According I.Guseynovoy, in accordance with its mandate, the ICRC carries out visits to verify that their conditions of detention and treatment of detainees, as well as provide a link hostages and their families.

Recall that in July 2014 a Russian citizen Dilgam Askerov and Azerbaijani citizen Shahbaz Guliyev in Kelbajar when you try to visit the graves of their relatives were taken hostage by Armenian soldiers. Another citizen of Azerbaijan – Hasan Hasanov – was killed by them. G.Gasanova body was handed over to the Armenian side, and he was buried in Baku. In the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and on D.Askerovym Sh.Gulievym was a massacre illegal „trial“, in which the decision Dilgam Askarov was sentenced to life imprisonment, and Shahbaz Guliyev – to 22 years in prison.


Presidents are going to Baku

The President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov will arrive in Baku to participate in the VII Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, which will be held April 25-27, reported the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan.

During the three days will be held the meeting of senior officials and about 30 sessions. It is planned that in the high-level meeting of the UN Alliance of Civilizations will be adopted Baku Declaration.

In accordance with the decree of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on 24 July 2015 it was created Organizing Committee in connection with the holding in Baku on April 25-27, 2016 VII of the UN Global Alliance of Civilizations Forum.

Note. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also plans to attend the forum in Baku.


Əliyevdən Panama Bəlgələrində Adı Çıxan qızlarıyla İlgili açıklama

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Erdogan Gets His Way: Germany Authorizes Prosecution of Comedian Who Insulted Turkish Leader

Erdogan Gets His Way: Germany Authorizes Prosecution of Comedian Who Insulted Turkish Leader

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spent the last two years as head of state ensuring that if someone insults him, he doesn’t just find about it — he does something about it.

A doctor compares him to the fictional character of Gollum? Bring him to court. A teenage student questions his authority at a school assembly? Have him spend the night in jail. German comedian Jan Böhmermann sits beneath a framed portrait of Erdogan while on a German television show and reads a satirical poem accusing him of watching child porn and repressing Turkish minorities, including Christians? Demand that Berlin prosecute him.

On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who needs Turkey’s support in the ongoing refugee crisis, ceded to Erdogan’s request

“In a constitutional democracy, weighing up personal rights against freedom of the press and freedom of expression is not a matter for governments, but for public prosecutors and courts,” Merkel said while announcing she has authorized German prosecutors to move forward with the case if they choose to.

Böhmermann knew when he performed the poem on German broadcaster ZDF on March 31 that it could land him in hot water. Erdogan doesn’t let insults slide, and under German law, it is technically illegal to insult the representative of a foreign government. If a foreign leader wants to press charges against an individual for the insult, the German government needs to authorize it.

Merkel agrees the German comedian’s poem, inspired in part by Turkey’s earlier complaints about a separate satirical video, “Erdowie, Erdowa, Erdogan” that aired on German public broadcaster NDR last month, was “deliberately offensive.” Turkey summoned Berlin’s ambassador for a tongue-lashing over the original video, in a move that was seen as an attempt to export his crackdown on press freedom. Erdogan’s latest demands that he be able to prosecute Böhmermann appear to be a further extension of that exportation.

Merkel insisted Friday that her decision to let the prosecution move forward does not indicate she thinks Böhmermann is innocent or guilty, and said she hoped to take legal steps toward removing that provision from Germany’s criminal code.

So the ball won’t be entirely in Erdogan’s court: It’s now up to Germany’s public prosecutors to decide if they want to take up the case. Even if that happens, it’s the German courts that will determine whether Böhmermann is actually guilty of breaking German law.