Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev spoke about the bloody war between his country and Armenia in the 1990s during the UN General Assembly gathering in New York. During his controversial speech, his daughter was seen on camera taking selfies, an act that quickly drew criticism on social media.

Leyla Aliyeva taking a selfie

Leyla Aliyeva taking a selfie Photo Credit: UN media/Channel 2 News

While Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev delivered his speech addressing the UN General Assembly, his daughter was seen on camera taking a selfie with her cell phone from the audience. 33-year-old Leyla Aliyeva’s surprising decision to take a picture of herself while her father talked about genocide sparked waves of criticism from all over the world.

Many online users quickly took to social media in order to mock the young Aliyeva and condemn her actions. “This is simply a lack of culture and the stupidity of rich children,” one user wrote. “This shows that her parents didn’t raise her right.” Another social media user wrote: “This is such an embarrassment to her family.”

The Azerbaijani president used the UN General Assembly podium in order to discuss the bloody war between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the early 1990s. During the controversial speech, which was aired live from New York, Aliyeva accused Armenia of turning more than a million Azerbaijanis into refugees. “You committed genocide, you committed a war crime,” he said, referring to the Khojaly Massacre. “613 peaceful citizens, including 106 women and 63 children, were murdered.”