Aliyev Dismisses International Law as ‘Scrap of Paper’

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev speaks at a ceremony celebrating the Persian New Year, Nowruz.

YEREVAN (Mediamax)—Speaking publicly on Friday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that “not the international law but hypocrisy, double standards, discrimination, racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia rule in the global politics.”

The Azerbaijani President made his remarks while speaking at a celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, Azeri news agency Trend reports.

“Our independent politics is by no means appealing to everyone, which is why the pressure on us is growing,” Aliyev said. “Today some foreign circles pursue an open campaign against Azerbaijan. We are ready for it. In fact, this campaign hasn’t ever stopped. The thing is that on the eve of major international events, the campaign gains uglier shapes. We faced it three years ago — in 2012 — on the eve of Eurovision Song Contest. We see it today as well, ahead of the First European Games.”

Aliyev continued by attempting to rebuff accusations of human rights violations in Azerbaijan, which have increased with a worsening crackdown on civil society and political dissenters by Aliyev’s government.

Aliyev insisted that “free society” and free press exist in Azerbaijan.

“In other places, people are being smothered, shot dead and killed. And nobody is charged. Where are the NGOs that accuse us? Why are they silent? Why don’t they raise a voice?” Aliyev said, trying to point the finger away from his government.

According to the authoritarian president, “international law doesn’t work in the modern world, international agreements are just a scrap of paper without any value.”


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  1. Diane Kupelian said:

    He is not of the civilized, lawful world, so he dismisses international law as a “scrap of paper.” Aliyev is a scrap of humanity.

  2. Mike Mirakian said:

    Azerbaijan, a place where axe murderers of innocent people gets a reward instead of punished. He’s right, international law does not work in his country — he said it not me!

  3. Edward Demian said:

    Who let the hunchback out of his cage. Now he speaks. He is the best propaganda for Armenia.

  4. Satenik said:

    Well the beast is right in one respect. The International law has done sod all to stop his atrocities committed against Armenia and against his own people…also just tgink who are his best pals…..his money has corrupted lots of people but his days are numbered , whenever his cronies decide that he has served his purppse and tbeow him to the wolves…does sadam, qadaffi come to mind? Remember what they “friends”did when they had their cake..that is right…no one came to the rescue..

  5. Shlomo said:

    These are backward savages they don’t even respect their own citizens rights . They jail anyone who speaks against the great dictator Aliyev!