BAKU—“The United States’ continuous attempts to interfere in Azerbaijan’s internal affairs is completely unacceptable,” Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev said in remarks on Thursday in reaction to a critical statement by the U.S. State Department on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan.
Hajiyev said the rule of law and independence of the judicial system have been fully secured in Azerbaijan.
“The unjustified interference of the United States is a flagrant violation of the rule of law and the obligations undertaken by Washington,” Hajiyev said.
He went on to claim that “attempts to use human rights as a tool of foreign policy with a purpose of exerting political pressure on others has already discredited itself.”
Hajiyev said that it is “unacceptable” to treat human rights “politically, selectively, and with a policy of double standards.”
“It would be more worthy of the states that declare themselves ‘heralds’ of human rights, specifically the U.S., to take a careful approach towards rights of the Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs, who have been deprived of their most elementary rights as a result of Armenian occupation and the cases of the bloody ethnic cleansing committed in Azerbaijan’s occupied territories,” Hajiyev said.