San Diego and Torrance Rescind Proclamations in Response to Community Outrage

The Mayors of San Diego and Torrance have rescinded two proclamations whitewashing Azerbaijan’s human rights abuses in response to community outrage and the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region’s (ANCA-WR) grassroots activism.

The proclamations, issued to mark the occasion of  “Azerbaijan’s restoration of independence”, proclaimed Azerbaijan to be an historic beacon of freedom and democracy in the region, as well as a model of “harmonious coexistence” between peoples – a blatant distortion of reality serving only to embolden one of the most authoritarian and repressive regimes on earth, and cover up Baku’s systematic dehumanization and persecution of the region’s indigenous Armenian population.