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Editor’s Note: On February 22, 2013, the Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) launched “Azerbaijan: Thirty Days of Shame”, a campaign aimed at informing and educating Canadians about Azerbaijan’s flagrant and consistent abuses of human rights. On each day during the thirty days, the ANCC will post one article, video, or human rights report highlighting Azerbaijan’s continuing dis- respect for human rights and its ruling regime’s efforts to gloss over its gross violations with slick pro- paganda, political bullying, and misinformation.
Montreal — Dictatorial president lham Aliyev, his family, and his ruling regime continue their corrupt ways as they bleed Azerbaijan and its people of the country’s wealth. While Azerbaijan’s ruling elite continue to line their pockets, many in Azerbaijan continue to live in squalor. The President of Azerbaijan has been compared to a mafia crime boss in US diplomatic cables. The Aliyev family has been systematically grabbing shares of the most profitable businesses in the country. His family had taken large shares in lucrative industries including the telecom, minerals and construction industries often through government related deals. Azerbaijan and President Aliyev continue to “top” worldwide corruption lists.
Azerbaijan continues to deny its citizens basic human rights and political freedoms, continues to incite ethnic hatred against its neighbours, continues its belligerent rhetoric and warmongering, and continues to spend millions on its hyperactive propaganda machine. It becomes clear that Aliyev and his elite entourage are not motivated by the well-being of Azerbaijan, but rather by the theft of Azerbaijan’s wealth at the expense of the region’s human rights and peace.
Here is a summary of the articles, video, and human rights reports from Day 27 through Day 30:
Day 27: Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project – OCCRP names Aliyev “Person of the Year”
Day 29: Transparency International – Corruption Index
Day 30: CNBC – Filthy Rich – Ilham Aliyev Dictator of Azerbaijan (video)
Details of the Armenian National Committee of Canada’s “Azerbaijan: Thirty Days of Shame” campaign:
One posting every day at 10:00am EST starting on Friday, February 22, 2013 until Saturday, March 23, 2013.
ANCC website “Azerbaijan: Thirty Days of Shame” campaign page — http://anccanada.org/thirty-days-of-shame
ANCC Facebook page
ANCC Twitter page — www.twitter.com/ancc_cnac
For further information:
Mr. R. Robert Kouyoumdjian
Tel.: (514) 265-4602
The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Canadian-Armenian grassroots human rights organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Canadian-Armenian community on a broad range of issues.
Le CNAC est l’organisation canado-arménienne des droits humains la plus large et influentielle. Collaborant avec une série de bureaux, chapitres et souteneurs à travers le Canada et des organisations affiliées à travers le monde, le CNAC s’occupe activement des inquiétudes de la communauté canadienne-arménienne.