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Transcaucasus: Hate Crime

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 98290, tabled on 5 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if her Department will monitor the potential prevalence of anti-Armenian hate speech and disinformation in the Caucasus region; and what discussions she has had with her Azerbaijani counterpart on the use of anti-Armenia hate speech and disinformation by senior Azerbaijani politicians.

Answered on

12 January 2022

The UK Government remains deeply concerned by the inflammatory rhetoric deployed during and after the conflict in 2020 by Azerbaijan and Armenia. We continue to urge the parties to refrain from unhelpful actions and rhetoric and engage in discussions with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to settle all outstanding matters related to the conflict. The former Minister for Europe and Americas, Wendy Morton MP, reinforced these messages during her trip to the South Caucasus last year.