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  • Department of State: Sentencing of Azerbaijani Investigative Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

    The United States is deeply troubled by today’s decision of an Azerbaijani court to sentence prominent investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in prison. We are further concerned by reports of irregularities during the investigation and trial, including the apparent exclusion of witness testimony and other key evidence. This case is another example in a broad pattern of increasing restrictions on human rights in Azerbaijan, including curtailing the freedom of the press. As Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev himself recently noted, freedom of the mass media is an integral part of democratic principles, and its violation is contrary to the interests of Azerbaijan. We urge the government of Azerbaijan to release Ms. Ismayilova and others incarcerated in connection with exercising their fundamental freedoms. We also call on the Government of Azerbaijan to adhere to its international obligations to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms of all its citizens. 

  • Statement by John Kirby, U.S. Department of State: "Conviction of Human Rights Activists Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus in Azerbaijan"

    The United States is deeply troubled by today’s decision of an Azerbaijani court to sentence human rights and peace advocates Leyla and Arif Yunus, who have been detained for more than a year, to eight-and-a-half and seven-year prison terms, respectively. The charges appear to be solely connected with their human rights work and participation in constructive people-to-people programs aiming to ease tensions and build confidence in the region. We are further troubled by reports of irregularities during the judicial process. We are particularly concerned about their health, and we urge the authorities to release them immediately on compassionate grounds. It is in Azerbaijan’s interest to meet its international commitments to uphold the universal rights of all its citizens, a critical step toward achieving a bright, prosperous, and stable future.   »

  • U.S. Embassy Statement on the Tragic Death of Rasim Aliyev

    The U.S. Embassy mourns with the family of Rasim Aliyev following his heinous death. We welcome the Azerbaijani government’s commitment to a full investigation, and we support bringing the perpetrators of this crime to justice.  

  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2015

    This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains. 

  • STATEMENT BY JOHN KIRBY, SPOKESPERSON: U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack in Suruc, Turkey

    The United States condemns today’s terrorist attack in Suruc, Turkey that killed dozens of civilians and wounded many more innocent bystanders.

    We offer our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured. The United States will continue to stand with Turkey, a valued NATO ally and partner in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, as we work together to counter terrorism. 

  • U.S. President Obama delivers a Statement On Iran

    "Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not -- a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change -- change that makes our country, and the world, safer and more secure. This deal is also in line with a tradition of American leadership. It’s now more than 50 years since President Kennedy stood before the American people and said, “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.” He was speaking then about the need for discussions between the United States and the Soviet Union, which led to efforts to restrict the spread of nuclear weapons..."  Full statement »

  • U.S. Embassy Debunks Media Rumors

    Ambassador Cekuta has been meeting with representatives of a number of political parties, including the New Azerbaijan Party, the Popular Front Party, and Musavat, to listen to their views. All meetings have been announced publicly as part of the Ambassador’s efforts to meet with and listen to Azerbaijanis from all aspects of society. The Ambassador also continues meeting extensively with top figures in Azerbaijan’s government. The U.S. Embassy is not plotting a coup in Azerbaijan. Nor is it instructing or financing any political party in the country. Suggestions to the contrary do an injustice to decades of significant U.S. cooperation and support for a stable, prosperous, and independent Azerbaijan. 

  • Security Reminder for the Fourth of July

    As the Fourth of July approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Baku is issuing a general security reminder for all U.S. citizens to help ensure celebrations are safe and successful.

    The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. We encourage U.S. citizens to familiarize themselves with the World Wide Caution updated January 9, 2015. Americans are reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and the U.S. Embassy...   »

  • Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014

    The Azerbaijani constitution provides for a republic with a presidential form of government...  Full text report. »

  • Country Reports on Terrorism 2014

    The Department of State released the 2014 Country Reports on Terrorism.  Read full report here. »

  • President Barack Obama's Ramadan Message

    On behalf of the American people – including Muslim communities in all fifty states – I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem. 

  • Security Reminder During European Games

    As the European Games approach their halfway mark, the U.S. Embassy in Baku is issuing a general security reminder for all U.S. Citizens to help ensure that the second half of the Games is as safe and successful as the first.  

  • Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson, June 13, 2015, Human Rights Defender Emin Huseynov’s Safe Departure from Azerbaijan

    The United States welcomes the decision of the Azerbaijani government to permit Emin Huseynov’s safe departure from Azerbaijan today. Huseynov, who took refuge in the Swiss Embassy in Baku last August fearing arrest, has been a courageous proponent of media freedom as the Director of the Azerbaijani Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety. While we are pleased by this gesture, timed with the launch of the inaugural European Games in Baku, we urge the Azerbaijani government to extend this same good will to others considered to have been incarcerated for their civic activism-- including Leyla and Arif Yunus and Intigam Aliyev, whose health continues to deteriorate. We thank the Swiss government for its longstanding support and assistance to Huseynov.  

  • State Department Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report

    On June 12, 2015, the State Department released the FY 2015 Fiscal Transparency Report pursuant to section 7031(b)(3) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2015 (Div. J, P.L.113-235).

    The Department evaluated the public availability, substantial completeness, and reliability of budget information, as well as the transparency of processes for awarding government contracts and licenses for natural resource extraction. The report can be found on the Department's website at  More info... »

  • Ambassador’s Remarks for Annual U.S.-UK Reception for the Caspian Oil and Gas Show

    “Welcome to everyone, and thank you for coming this evening. Let me first of all thank the sponsors of this event who are listed on our banner. Without your support this event would not be possible. The range of companies on the banner also makes clear something else: commercial enterprises and the people working for them play a vital role in exploring, developing, and moving energy from producers to consumers around the world. These companies have tremendous reserves of experience, knowledge, and technical expertise which they can – and do – bring to bear in Azerbaijan, the UK, the U.S. and other countries around the world…”   »

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