ASSOCIATION FOR THE
DEFENCE OF AZERBAIJANI POLITICAL PRISONERS IN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2010
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We at ADAPP are deeply disappointed and saddened by CRNI’s
decision to present the 2010 Award for
Courage in Editorial Cartooning to Mana Neyestani’s 2006 cartoon that promotes hatred-propaganda
and dehumanizes Azerbaijani-Turks in
consistently stated that “in
are not sexy,” remarked CRNI board member Nikahang Kowsar, who accepted the award for Neyestani.
ADAPP agrees, but notes that such allowances have instigated atrocities world
over. In February 2006, Hamshahri,
an Iranian State-owned newspaper, announced the International Holocaust Cartoon Contest—making a mockery of a
horrific episode in our human history. Months later, May 2006, another State-owned
newspaper, Iran-Daily, published a cartoon depicting
Azerbaijanis as cockroaches—same language used by Rwandan Genocidaires.
Finally, in August 2006 the world witnessed a culmination of incendiary actions
with the aforementioned Holocaust Contest. ADAPP wants the international
community to understand that Neyestani’s “cockroaches”
cartoon is an existing literature of racism and hatred serving to reinforce the
victimization and marginalization of Azerbaijanis in
Acknowledging respect for freedom of speech, ADAPP questions if CRNI understands the gravity of honoring such a cartoon. ADAPP questions what CRNI—with its supporting organizations, Open Society and UNESCO—is honoring. Kowsar’s remarks are an attempt to downplay a grievous issue plaguing the Iranian society.
In awarding Neyestani this award, CRNI clearly contradicts its goal “that someone with a pen and a piece of paper can level the playing field for disenfranchised or bullied.” This award emboldens hate-literature users to marginalize vulnerable groups as “subhumans.”
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