AUGUST 2, 2012

YEREVAN, AUGUST 1, ARMENPRESS: The autumn session of Parliamentary
Assembly of Council of Europe is scheduled to take place October 1-5.

As PACE Armenian delegation member "Prosperous Armenia " faction
representative Naira Zohrabyan told at the briefing with Armenpress,
though the staff of the delegation is not approved, it is going
to comprise RPA - Davit Harutyunyan, " Rule of law" party - Mher
Shageldyan, RPA member Vahe Hovhannisyan is set to substitute the main
staff. "As long as the composition of the delegation is not finally
confirmed, I can say nothing about the rest members. The agenda is
also not approved, yet it is defined, that the issues pertain to
Azerbaijani political prisoners is going to be envisaged in autumn
session" Zohrabyan came forth with.

In addition, Armenian delegation member is set to send a document
to Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe, demanding
international expertise of Azerbaijani textbooks. " I have raised the
question still during July session, stressing Azerbaijani textbooks
directly propagandize hatred towards Armenians. As samples I brought
Russian translation of the texts, where Armenians are described
as murderers for Azerbaijani people. Those examples together with
relevant translations will be sent to Human Rights Commissioner in
coming two weeks" Zohrabyan noted.

In the words of the interlocutor a draft calling EC member states
draw a special attention to school textbooks, in order they would not
comprise xenophobia, racism and religious hatred was circulated in July
session . In this regard we want to show off, if drafts are ratified,
then the initiators should be consistent in their fulfillment:
reportedly Azerbaijan brings up its generation with hatred towards
Armenians. I am going to attach a letter written by an Azerbaijani
woman to the document .The author of the letter is afraid her child
will grow sadist by being brought up with the vivid samples of hatred
towards Armenians depicted in the school textbooks" Zohrabyan stated.

PACE summer session took place on June 25-29.Conditioned to the
formation of new Assembly Armenian delegation participated by
its former composition of the delegation: delegation head Davit
Harutyunyan, members of Armen Rustamyan, Naira Zohrabyan, Artsruni
Aghajanian, while the team substitute made : Zaruhi Postanjyan ,
Grigori Margaryan, Hermine Naghdalyan, Armen Melikyan.

The themes on the growth of crisis, racism, xenophobia and extremism
in Europe were thoroughly discussed during PACE summer session. The
issue of EC member states political prisoners was also touched upon,
in this regard PACE legal commission adopted a report on "Azerbaijani
political prisoners' existence" which is scheduled to be envisaged
at PACE autumn session.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress