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  • USOSCE STATEMENT: Statement on Convictions of Opposition Leaders Mammadov and Yagublu in Azerbaijan

    "The United States is deeply disappointed by the judicial process leading to the March 17 sentencing of opposition Republican Alternative (REAL) Movement Head Ilgar Mammadov and opposition Musavat Party Deputy Chair Tofig Yagublu to lengthy prison terms on charges of allegedly inciting the January 23-24, 2013, unrest in Ismayilli..."   »

  • U.S. Embassy Azerbaijan Statement on the Outcome of the Ismayilli Unrest Trial

    The U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan is deeply disappointed by the March 17 decision to sentence opposition REAL Movement Head Ilgar Mammadov and opposition Musavat Party Deputy Chair Tofig Yagublu to lengthy prison terms on questionable charges of inciting the January 23-24, 2013, unrest in Ismayilli. Before and during the legal process, we told Azerbaijani officials at all levels that we hoped for an open and fair trial of the defendants. While we welcomed the Azerbaijani Government’s decision to allow U.S. and other international observers to monitor the trial, we and other observers saw significant irregularities in witness testimony and court proceedings. Our observations lead to the conclusion that the verdicts were not based on the evidence and were politically motivated.    »

  • Ambassador Morningstar’s Statement Regarding Khojaly Memorial Day

    We recognize that the tragedy in Khojaly has created great pain for all Azerbaijanis. Any loss of life is tragic and the loss of life on both sides in the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia reminds us that there cannot be a military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Only a lasting and peaceful settlement can bring stability, prosperity, and reconciliation to the region. As a Co-Chair of the Minsk Group, the United States remains firmly committed to working with the sides to achieve peace.  

  • USOSCE STATEMENT: Troubling Amendments to Azerbaijan NGO Legislation while Pressure on Civil Society and Opposition Activists Continues

    "The United States joins others in noting with grave concern the adoption of recent amendments to several laws in Azerbaijan affecting NGO registration, fines, and funding. These amendments further restrict the space for a free and independent civil society and run counter to Azerbaijan’s OSCE commitments. We urge the Azerbaijani authorities to engage in sustained discussions with civil society, the OSCE Project Coordinator, and international experts in a joint effort to ensure government policy and practices conform with international law and OSCE commitments..."   »

  • Embassy Statement Regarding Recent Media Reports

    Recent media reports alleging that two U.S. Senate staffers visited Azerbaijan for intelligence purposes are absurd. As we said last week, congressional staff delegations routinely visit Azerbaijan to meet with embassy staff, Azerbaijani officials, and civil society representatives. They do so to better inform our government’s legislative efforts regarding Azerbaijan and the rest of the region. 

  • Ambassador Richard Morningstar's speech at Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy

    "Good afternoon, everyone. It’s an enormous pleasure to be here with you today. Before I begin, I’d like to thank the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Ambassador Pashayev and Fariz Ismailzade for hosting me and giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts about the future of Azerbaijan’s economy and its accession to the World Trade Organization – or WTO..."  More »

  • USOSCE on Sadiqov Conviction: Another Troubling Development Affecting Civil Society and Political Pluralism in Azerbaijan

    The United States is concerned about the conviction and imprisonment of Yadigar Sadiqov on charges of hooliganism on January 13. Mr. Sadiqov was a political activist and an advisor to the opposition Musavat Party. He was arrested in June 2013 prior to the start of campaigning for the presidential election that was held on October 9.   »

  • United States Mission to the OSCE about Arrest of Independent Election Observer Anar Mammadli in Azerbaijan

    The United States is deeply troubled by recent developments affecting civil society in Azerbaijan, including the December 16, 2013 arrest of Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies (EMDS) Chairman Anar Mammadli on charges of illegal entrepreneurship and subsequent sentencing to three months' pre-trial detention. The details of the charges are still unclear, but we question whether Mr. Mammadli’s detention is related to his organization’s election monitoring and reporting activities. The United States has raised this case with senior members of the Government of Azerbaijan and will continue to do so.  More... »

  • Ambassador Morningstar's Statement on Detention of Anar Mammadli

    The United States is deeply troubled by the December 16, 2013 arrest of Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Chairman Anar Mammadli on charges of illegal entrepreneurship and subsequent sentencing to three months' pre-trial detention. The details of the charges are still unclear, but we must question whether Mr. Mammadli's detention is related to his organization's election monitoring and reporting activities. We have raised this case with senior members of the Government of Azerbaijan and will continue to do so. We urge that Mr. Mammadli be released immediately while the legal process continues. We will continue to closely monitor the investigation of EMDS and the International Cooperation of Volunteers Public Union. 

  • U.S. Trade Delegation Visits Azerbaijan

    The United States Mission to Azerbaijan, along with the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan, the American Business Forum in Turkey, the Turkish American Business Association, the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO), and the United States Foreign Commercial Service Office in Turkey, brought nine Turkey-based American companies to Azerbaijan on November 25-26 for a two-day U.S. Executive Business Development Trade Mission. The trade delegation, led by U.S. Mission to Turkey Commercial Counselor Michael Lally, met with Azerbaijani public and private sector representatives to learn about investment opportunities and to find local partners and clients to build new business links in Azerbaijan.   More info »

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