In an interview with Day.az, the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Lluis Maria de Puig expressed his regret over the broadcast ban of foreign radio stations as well as concern over recent constitutional amendments. These changes seriously undermine the possibility for a democratic state in Azerbaijan especially because Azerbaijan took the responsibility to abide by the principles of democracy, respect for law and human rights when joining the Council of Europe.
"The [proposed] changes to the tenure of the presidency and also the postponement of elections during war, considering the fact that the country has been effectively at war [with Armenia] since 1990, causes concern in terms of the future of democracy in Azerbaijan."
But who cares about democracy, when there are plans to build winter boulevard in Baku?! This decision was approved (2006) by the President within the framework of city improvement. The boulevard will start from Haydar Aliyev palace and will continue until Fizuli square. Or brand new schools built in remote villages across the country lack heating and sewage systems? Or that everything now has to be translated into the national language (soon they will issue an order to translate all the foreign music videos and no offense, I love my language but why translate all the movies)? Or jeopardizing freedom of speech and press by proposing a ban on making video and audio recordings and photographing someone against their will (does that mean our reporters wont be able to film, record, photograph any of our politicians)? Next thing we know, there will be a ban on released information by the media- the state will control all the info to be distributed to the public!
I feel like whatever internationals might say, raise their concerns or regrets, our government is going to do what it wants and the way it wants it. And that it means nothing when someone actually nods with their head (from the state bodies) that they would really do something worthwhile or take into account whatever has been said...