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Baku to be demolished?

2012-03-02 17:58

International human rights organization Human Rights Watch presented a study of the facts of mass violations of the property rights of citizens in Baku. The presentation of the document about this was held in Baku hotel "Diplomat" on February 29.

As reported by the Kavkaz-uzel.ru, International human rights organization Human Rights Watch presented a study of the facts of mass violations of the property rights of citizens in Baku. The presentation of the document "All I have selected: forced relocation in Baku, illegal disposal and destruction of property" was held in Baku hotel "Diplomat" on February 29.

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According to the edition, the document says: "In recent years, authorities of Azerbaijan, rich with oil resources, are carrying out an extensive program of improvement and development of infrastructure in the capital of Baku. However, the fulfillment of this program is accompanied by the illegal disposal of property of citizens, forced relocation from their homes, destruction of these buildings due to construction of roads, parks, shopping and business centers, an elite class housing".

The HRW report is focused on the facts of forced disposal of property of citizens in the four areas of Baku: behind the Palace named after Heydar Aliyev, where the so-called Zymniy boulevard is being built; on the territory adjacent to the Square of Flag, where the concert venue the Crystal Hall for the contest "Eurovision-2012" is being built; on the Neftyanniki Avenue and Azaldyg Avenue (next to the former monument to Karl Marx), where high-rise buildings are being erected. According to the Kavkaz-uzel.ru, the study authors have conducted interviews with 52 aggrieved persons, lawyers and representatives of various NGOs.

"The government of Azerbaijan has the right to carry out improvement and development of infrastructure. However, these measures should be based on national laws and international standards. However, in recent years, we can see the facts of illegal disposal of property of citizens in Baku. At the same time, a number of citizens' rights, including the right to property, right to housing, the right to habeas corpus, the right to respect for family life are being violated", one of the co-authors of the study, an expert at Human Rights Watch Europe and Central Asia, Jane Buchanan (Jane Buchanan) told in the study.

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