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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 disrespect for human rights and its ruling regime’s efforts to gloss over its gross violations with slick propaganda, political bullying, and misinformation.
Montreal — Propaganda, or diplomacy by distortion, is the prevailing theme in each of the reports below. The authoritarian and repressive regime of Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev continues, without disdaining the obvious falsification of facts, to deliberately misinform its people and the international community. In fact, Azerbaijan spends millions of dollars each year on public relations consultants, on lobbyists in other countries, and on “gifts” of goodwill in an attempt to deflect attention away from its human rights abuses.
Those who report the truth experience the repressed punishment methods to ensure their silence as the international community witnessed with Eurovision May 2012.
Here is a summary of the articles, video, and human rights reports from Day 8 through Day 13:
Day 8: The Telegraph – Why is a crucial conference on internet freedom taking place in a dictatorship?
Day 9: The Washington Times – Embassy Row: Unreliable Sources
Day 10: Asbarez – Mexican Court Rejects Aliyev Monument
Day 11: News.am – Anti-Armenian White House petition linked to Azerbaijani top officials
Day 12: Eurasianet.org – Deep Dive: Filling in the Gaps — Reading the Ramil Safarov case in Azerbaijan
Day 13: Amnesty International – It’s time for Azerbaijan to earn some points for Human Rights (video)
Details of the Armenian National Committee of Canada’s “Azerbaijan: Thirty Days of Shame” campaign:
When: One posting every day at 10:00am EST starting on Friday, February 22, 2013 until Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Where: ANCC website “Azerbaijan: Thirty Days of Shame” campaign page — http://www.ashodd4.sg-host.com/thirty-days-of-shame
ANCC Facebook page — www.facebook.com/ArmenianNationalCommitteeofCanada
ANCC Twitter page — www.twitter.com/ancc_cnac
For further information:
Mr. R. Robert Kouyoumdjian
Tel.: (514) 265-4602
Email: [email protected]
The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Armenian-Canadian 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.