Azerbaijani community in UK urges recognition of Union of Servants of the Mahdi as terrorist organization

By Orientation

The Azerbaijani community in the UK has called for the recognition of the Mahdi Servants Union as a terrorist organization, the State Committee for Work with the Diaspora of Azerbaijan says Orientation.

According to the committee, this demand was made in the community’s appeal to MPs, the UK Foreign Office and the European Parliament due to the recent attack by a radical religious group on the Azerbaijani Embassy in London. .

The appeal to UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Home Secretary Priti Patel, MPs Graham Stewart, Dominic Raab, Bob Blackman, Lord Jonathan Douglas Evans and the European Parliament on behalf of the President of the British Azerbaijani Community Farida Panahova emphasized that Azerbaijan is a secular and multicultural country. and tolerant, far from any form of religious extremism.

According to the authors of the appeal, the act of vandalism that took place is a flagrant violation of international law, as well as of the Vienna Convention.

“The Azerbaijani community in the UK is deeply shocked and outraged by this attack in central Kensington, where many London residents and tourists spend time with friends and families. This act of vandalism is an attack on society Britain, its values ​​and the whole civilized world, and we strongly condemn it,” the authors said. “The attack by radicals on the Azerbaijani Embassy in London is unacceptable and constitutes a flagrant violation of the principles of inviolability of the diplomatic building.”

“It is no coincidence that this happened on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Azerbaijan, as the decisive stage of the peace negotiations approaches. between Azerbaijan and Armenia under the mediation of the EU, amid the development of strategic cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU in the oil and gas sector,” the appeal noted. “This act was intended to deliberately harm the UK’s bilateral relationship with Azerbaijan and to undermine important processes taking place within the framework of cooperation with the EU.”

The callers specifically protested that in the early hours of the event, British police watched silently and did nothing.

“The late arrival of special police forces on the scene at a time when the lives of embassy staff were in danger was seen as evidence of the frivolous attitude of intelligence and law enforcement agencies. British people facing a dangerous situation, and it was pointed out that this was absolutely unacceptable,” the authors stressed.

At the end of the appeal, the relevant British authorities were required to take the necessary legal steps to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice against the Azerbaijani Embassy in London, and an appeal was made for the closure of the Mahdi Servants Union and the immediate expulsion of the members of this organization from the country.

“Every citizen of the UK should share values ​​such as general tolerance and respect for human rights. There is no doubt that if these radical groups go unpunished they will soon target our homes, schools and businesses. other official bodies,” the authors concluded.

Immediately after the incident, a corresponding letter was sent on behalf of the Coordinating Council of Azerbaijanis Living in the UK to Home Secretary Priti Patel.

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