After the Azerbaijani authorities blocked gas and electricity to the entire village of Nardaran, human rights activists expressed their disagreement with this policy. Novella Jafaroglu said that the authorities might carry out some activities, but they should not torture the population of the village,
reports. “The government must first and foremost think about why people are not able to pay for energy services,” added Jafaroglu.
Co-Chair of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (HCA) and the head of its National Committee Arzu Abdullayeva with these activities the authorities punish the entire population. However, the responsibility of debtors should be personalized. “There is no concept of collective responsibility, so neither prosecutors nor the court can bring the whole village to justice,” she said.
Instead of punishing the citizens, it is necessary to increase their cultural and educational level. In this regard civil society is an assistant, not the enemy of the state, added Abdullayeva.