Odlar Yurdu (OYO) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization, founded in 2008 by Azerbaijani students in London. Initially, OYO was planned as a student organization, which united Azerbaijani students of the London University. In the subsequent years, OYO was mostly engaged in a diaspora activity. However, later, the OYO widened its areas of operation, and now functions as an organization, which promotes public awareness of Azerbaijani issues in Europe, as well as contributes to the strengthening public and diasporan activity of the Azerbaijanis living in Europe.
The main goals of the OYO are:
- to promote Azerbaijani culture and history in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom
- to raise awareness of the European nations of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the plight of around 1 000 000 Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs, and the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia
- to develop Azerbaijani language, traditions and culture in the diaspora, and create opportunities for a new generation of European Azerbaijanis to learn and be familiar with the cultural heritage of their ancestors.
In order to achieve these goals, OYO has been engaged in a wide range of activities, including:
- organization of cultural exhibitions and festivals
- publishing a newspaper, books and films on Azerbaijani history and literature
- establishing cooperation with an influential academic centres in Europe
- organization conferences, seminars and lectures dedicated to raising awareness of Azerbaijan, and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
- supporting Azerbaijani Sunday schools in Europe
- establishing cooperation with Azerbaijani diaspora organisations
- supporting talented and young Azerbaijani musicians and artists in Europe
fundraising for the aforementioned projects
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