Two programmes were dedicated to Azerbaijan in the European Parliament in November 2013. This press release explains the outcomes of these programmes. Amongst other activitites, there was a conference hosted by Vice-President László Surján, whereby the Human Rights Without Frontiers international organisation launched its report on Non-Muslim Minorities in Azerbaijan as two programmes have been organised in connection with the country. Later on that day, Latvian EPP Group MEP Inese Vaidere opened an exhibition on religious tolerance in Azerbaijan. Both events were attended by Elshad Iskandarov, Minister of Religious Affairs in Azerbaijan. The main message of these events was that this country which is massively populated by Muslims shows a good model of secularism and the culture of tolerance gives us a role model on how to accommodate minority denominations in a majority Islamic country.
About the programme
Together with partners, we aim to establish a regional network for organizations working on minority issues by building the capacity of minority organizations in the region to undertake effective human rights advocacy at national and European level, in particular ensuring the full participation of minorities in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) process. More information about the programme.
Minority Rights Group Europe
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