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Azerbaijanians of Georgia seek protection in Europe2009-03-19 21:52
A delegation of World Azerbaijanis Congress (WAC) came to Georgia to find opportunities to solve problems of their compatriots. Like Armenians they complain about tacit oppression and prosecutions. A political background is evident in recent detention of the head of National Assembly of Azerbaijanians of Georgia (NAAG) Dashgyn Gyulmamedov.
World Azerbaijanis Congress (WAC) co-chairs Sabir Rustamkhanly and Firuddin Parviznia met with activists of People's movement Geyryat and intellectuals in Borchaly (this is how Turkic speaking people call Kvemo Kartli in Georgia). According to the guests they have heard a lot about oppression of national minorities in Georgia and now they are going to bring their complaints home to Europeans. "WAC as a large diaspora organization is going to strengthen ties with Borchaly in order to inform international organizations and the Council of Europe about the problems the Azerbaijanians are facing", - Sabir Rustamkhanly's promise is quoted by day.az. The leader of the Congress remarked that Georgia was undergoing democratic transformations but national minorities must be involved in this
process too. "Double standards should be avoided", - he believes. This week the WAC representatives want to meet Georgian parliamentarians to discuss all these issues.
Around half a million Azerbaijanians now live in Georgia, mostly in Kvemo Kartli district, trend.az remarks. They complain about the problems connected with learning the state language, education in their native language, obtainment of land lots and work in state authorities. Even schools where education in Azerbaijanian language is preserved are most often managed by Georgian principals.
Members of National Assembly of Azerbaijanians of Georgia (NAAG) constantly reproach the authorities for unfair attitude to their diaspora. In 2007 the head of the organization Dashgyn Gyulmamedov made a careless statement that the murders of Azerbaijanians in Georgia were never uncovered as "they were directly connected with Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili and President Mikheil Saakashvili", - Caucasian Knot remarks. And now the head of NAAG is behind bars.
Though Gyulmamedov was arrested in Baku on charge of fraudulence Azerbaijanians living in Georgia considered it a political order from the Georgian leaders. Mitk analytical center published information received from Baku stating that the case of Dashgyn Gyulmamedov was a frame-up. It also disproves Azerbaijanian Interior Ministry's arguments that the NAAG leader had allegedly been wanted for a long time and such a measure of restraint as detention had been indispensable.
There is evidence that Gyulmamedov often came to Azerbaijan and held public events on both sides of the border. Besides the victims of the "fraudulence case" turn to be ex law-enforcement officials. That means they can very well be dummies.