Support from the European Union to the centenary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic
"We believe Azerbaijan and EU will launch joint projects and sign agreements. This year Azerbaijan will celebrate 100th anniversary of the establishment of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and we will support it. Besides, second "IMAGINE" Euro Tolerance Festival is expected to be held in 2018. We hope, 2018 will be productive and dynamic year both for EU and Azerbaijan", he said.
On May 28, 1918, Azerbaijan declared its independence establishing the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, which became the first secular parliamentary democracy in the Muslim World and recognized by other democratic nations, including the United States of America.
During the short period of independence Azerbaijan granted all people the rights to vote regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, and religion, becoming the first Muslim nation to give women equal political rights with men, an accomplishment preceding the United States. Azerbaijan’s independence was interrupted in 1920, when it was invaded by Bolshevists, and forcefully incorporated into the USSR in 1922 to restore its independence only in 1991.