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    Ambassador Cekuta will arrive on Feburary 12

    We are pleased to announce that Ambassador Cekuta will arrive in Baku on Feburary 12, 2015. More details will be made available in the near future so stay tuned!

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    Cekuta confirmed as next U.S. Ambassador

    We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert Cekuta as the next U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan. We eagerly await his arrival and look forward to joining with the Azerbaijani government and people in welcoming him to Azerbaijan.

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    Secretary of State John Kerry congratulates Azerbaijan on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the contract of the century.

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  • Ambassador Cekuta will arrive in Baku on Feburary 12, 2015
    Ambassador Cekuta will arrive in Baku on Feburary 12, 2015

    We are pleased to announce that Ambassador Cekuta will arrive in Baku on Feburary 12, 2015. More details will be made available in the near future so stay tuned! 

  • FY 2014 Fiscal Transparency Report

    On January 14, the Secretary of State released the FY 2014 Fiscal Transparency Report. The Report assesses whether governments that receive U.S. assistance meet minimum requirements of fiscal transparency. The Department's assessments evaluate the substantial completeness, reliability, and public availability of budget documents, as well as the transparency of natural resource extraction contracting and license procedures. The Report is required by Section 7031(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2014. The Report examines governments receiving bilateral allocations of assistance under the Act. The Report can be found on the Department's website.

    Fiscal transparency is a critical element of effective public financial management, helps in building market confidence, and sets the stage for economic sustainability. Transparency also provides a window into government budgets for citizens of any country, helping them to hold their leadership accountable.

    Reviews of the fiscal transparency of governments that receive U.S. assistance help to ensure that U.S. taxpayer money is used appropriately and to sustain a dialogue with governments to improve their fiscal performance, leading to greater macroeconomic stability and better development outcomes.    »

  • U.S. Statement on Increased Violence on Line of Conflict

    We are troubled by reports of ceasefire violations, as well as casualties in recent days. These incidents do not correspond to the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents’ commitments to reach a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. As an OSCE Minsk Group co-chair country, we do continue to urge both sides at the highest levels to engage in negotiations that could lead to a peace agreement and adopt measures to reduce the likelihood of such events along the line of contact and along the border. 

  • U.S. State Department’s Spokesperson statement on RFE/RL

    We are alarmed by the Government of Azerbaijan’s crackdown on civil society. The Secretary raised our concerns in his December 21st phone call with President Aliyev. Since then, we have seen the closure of RFE/RL’s offices, the seizure of its property, and RFE/RL employees forcibly taken from their homes for questioning by local law enforcement on unspecified charges. Contractors and others tangentially connected to RFE/RL are also being interrogated by authorities. These actions, along with the denial of access to legal counsel during these interrogations, is further cause for concern. We call again on Azerbaijani authorities to adhere to their OSCE and other international commitments to uphold human rights and basic freedoms, including freedom of the press. In this regard, President Aliyev’s decision today to pardon 87 individuals, including 10 considered to have been imprisoned for civic activism, is a step in the right direction. We urge Azerbaijan’s authorities to build on these pardons by releasing others incarcerated in connection with exercising their fundamental freedoms. 

  • Embassy Offers Condolences to Those Involved in December 28 Accident

    The U.S. Embassy expresses our sincere condolences to the families of those involved in the tragic accident that occurred outside the embassy compound on December 28. We are offering our full cooperation with Azerbaijani authorities and wish a full recovery for the injured and peace for the deceased. 

  • Embassy Statement on RFE/RL Closure

    We are concerned by reports that employees of the RFE/RL bureau in Baku were detained in their offices and questioned while the premises were searched by law enforcement. The reasons for the questioning and search are unclear. We call on the responsible authorities to conduct a transparent investigation in keeping with the law and Azerbaijan's international commitment to protecting media freedom. We hope that Azerbaijani authorities share our conviction that a free and independent press is critical to the well-being of the nation and will act in accordance with that belief. 

  • State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki Expresses Concern over Detention of Journalist Khadija Ismailova

    We’re very concerned by the arrest and pretrial detention of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova. We’re deeply troubled by increased restrictions on civil society activities, including on journalists, in Azerbaijan. We are increasingly concerned that the government is not living up to its international human rights commitments and obligations. We urge the Government of Azerbaijan to respect the universal rights of its citizens and allow them to freely express their views. Azerbaijan will be best able to ensure its future stability and prosperity by allowing a more open society.” We have raised the increased restrictions on civil society and freedom of press at multiple levels in both Washington and abroad with the Government of Azerbaijan officials.  

  • USOSCE: Response to OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović

    "The United States warmly welcomes OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović to the Permanent Council. Thank you for your comprehensive report. As you noted, journalists in the OSCE region continue to be subject to acts of violence, and we’ve seen that impunity for murders and other attacks is all too common. In addition, we share your concern about efforts to place increased limits and restrictions on independent media outlets within the OSCE region..."  Full statement »

  • Press Statement by the Minsk Group Co-Chairs

    "The Minsk Group Co-Chairs (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States, and Pierre Andrieu of France) express our very serious concern about the downing of a helicopter near the Line of Contact and the recent violence. We regret the loss of life and express our condolences to the families.

    The Co-Chairs are deeply worried by the events that prompted this drastic incident, the first of its kind since the ceasefire agreement was reached. We strongly appeal to the sides to avoid steps that would escalate tension along the Line of Contact and Armenia-Azerbaijan border. The region cannot afford another round of violence like we witnessed this summer..."  Full statement »

  • US Embassy Welcomes Government Steps

    The U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan welcomes the Government of Azerbaijan’s October 17 pardon and release of four civil society activists and its October 22 resumption of the Joint Working Group on Human Rights Issues. We hope these encouraging steps will lead to additional positive developments, including the easing of growing restrictions on the activities of local and international NGOs. We share Azerbaijan’s desire for a stable, secure, and prosperous future and remain convinced that the best way to achieve this goal is to guarantee the rights of all citizens to exercise the fundamental freedoms to which they are entitled under Azerbaijan’s international obligations. 

  • State Department's Press Statement on Detention of Human Rights Defender Leyla Yunus

    "The United States is alarmed that human rights defender Leyla Yunus remains in pre-trial detention in Azerbaijan, without access to necessary medical care, despite her deteriorating health. We are also especially concerned about continued threats to Leyla Yunus’ physical security. On humanitarian grounds, we urge the Government of Azerbaijan to immediately grant Leyla Yunus access to independent medical evaluation and care, security, and improved conditions. We also urge the Government of Azerbaijan to respect the rule of law and to release those incarcerated for exercising fundamental freedoms, starting with those with serious medical conditions. This would include Leyla and her husband Arif, whose deteriorating health make their release particularly urgent. It is in Azerbaijan’s interest to ensure that its citizens are afforded the dignity, human rights, and fundamental freedoms to which all citizens are entitled under Azerbaijan’s international obligations".   »

  • USOSCE: US, EU decry backsliding on human rights, crackdown on activists in Russia, Azerbaijan

    "The space for civil society and freedom of expression in Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan is increasingly closing. Laws and policies aimed at restricting religious freedoms are being applied in a discriminatory way. The United States will be watching closely to see that the brave human rights activists who have participated in HDIM do not face retribution when then return home..."   »

  • USOSCE Statement on Fundamental freedoms II, including: Freedom of movement; Human rights education

    "Azerbaijan continues to prevent some civil society activists from traveling outside the country. Since our last HDIM, authorities prohibited prominent human rights activists Anar Mammadli, Leyla Yunus, and Arif Yunus from attending international conferences. Since 2006 the government has prevented the foreign travel of Popular Front Party chairman Ali Kerimli by refusing to renew his passport"...  Full statement »

  • Azerbaijan Airlines Inaugurates First Direct Flight to the United States

    The U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan is pleased to announce that Azerbaijan Airlines successfully inaugurated its first direct flight to the United States today. These flights will support the development of tourism and cargo trade and expand people-to-people exchanges to build understanding and strengthen the bonds of friendship between our two countries.

    This first flight marks the culmination of several years of close cooperation between the U.S. Government and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency funded two phases of aviation safety technical assistance to help the State Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) of Azerbaijan effectively fulfill Azerbaijan’s safety oversight obligations as a member state of the International Civil Aviation Organization in all eight critical elements.   Full text »

  • Read Secretary Kerry's Message on 20th Anniversary of Contract of the Century

    Secretary of State John Kerry congratulates Azerbaijan on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the contract of the century.   See the letter here. »

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