Sex selective abortions worry Azerbaijanis

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By MJ del Valle, Zaka Guluyev – Special to Al Jazeera — 29 Oct 2013

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Critics of prenatal sex selection warn of the consequences of big gender imbalances

Baku, Azerbaijan – After giving birth to a baby girl, 24-year-old Shana knew what to expect the second time she became pregnant.

“When we found out that the second baby was going to be another girl, my husband said that he didn’t want her and I was forced to have an abortion. It was already three months and 10 days. They anaesthetised me and cut the foetus out of me.”

Shana’s second daughter was one of thousands of girls aborted in Azerbaijan every year Continue reading

Azerbaijan’s tense ties with neighbor Iran cause concern

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By Jacob Resneck and Zaka Guluyev – Special to The Washington Times – – Friday, May 25, 2012

View of BakuBAKU, Azerbaijan — Azerbaijan is experiencing an increasingly tense relationship with neighboring Iran, as the oil-rich capital of Baku basks in the glamor of the Eurovision Song Contest.
This week, Iran recalled its ambassador from Azerbaijan after protesters in Baku displayed posters of Iranian leaders dressed provocatively with homosexual overtones.
The protesters were demonstrating against an Iranian cleric who had denounced the multination singing pageant as a “gay parade.”
Meanwhile, Baku police have said that Iranians are distributing free CDs criticizing Eurovision as un-Islamic. Continue reading

Ethnic Meskhetians intend to return their homeland Georgia

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Around  eight thousands of ethnic Meskhetians families want to return their homeland Georgia. For this Aim they have applied Georgian Embassies in different countries to come back. Most  of the Applications were made by the  Meskhetian families who live in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Khirgizistan, USA, Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey.

The Arifovs left Azerbaijan three years ago to live in Akhlskhe, Georgia

Until 1944 Meskhetians lived in Meskheti and Javakheti along the Georgian-Turkish border. For many years they were classified as Turks.  During The World War II, about 120,000 Meskhetians were exiled from Georgia to Central Asia, as part of Stalin’s policy toward “unreliable” ethnic groups.

On 11 July 2007, under the obligations assumed by Georgia in 1999, on its entry to the Council of Europe, the State adopted a law “on Repatriation of Persons forcefully sent into exile from the Soviet Socialist Republic of Georgia by the Former USSR in the 40’s of the 20th Century”. The Law offers a formal ground for the return of so-called forced migrants deported from Georgia in 1944 and their descendants. Continue reading