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  • 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 http://www.state.gov/e/eb/ifd/oma/  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…”   »

  • Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Occasion of Azerbaijan’s Republic Day

    On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Azerbaijan as you observe Republic Day on May 28.

    Ninety-seven years ago, the people of Azerbaijan established the first secular democratic republic in the Muslim world. And since you declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, our two countries have worked together to promote Azerbaijan’s sovereignty, democratic development, and prosperity.

    The United States strongly supports your role in European energy diversification through the Southern Gas Corridor. We work side by side to combat terrorism and improve regional and global security through NATO’s mission in Afghanistan. The United States is committed to continuing efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, combat transnational threats, and advance the rule of law.

    On this day of celebration, I send best wishes to all Azerbaijanis.   »

  • Opening of a River Crossing/Water Management System in Gam-Gam Community, Guba

    Ladies and gentlemen, Xanımlar ve cenablar

    Good afternoon. It is a great pleasure to join in opening your community’s new bridges crossing the cuğacuğ River. As American Ambassador, it is a great source of pride and happiness to see this network of crossings and this system of water management today here in your community that the United States was able to help make possible through USAID and its Socio-Economic Development Activity (SEDA) program.

    This network of bridges and the improvements in water management for Qam-Qam is an example of the governments of the United States and Azerbaijan coming together to help local communities address problems, to help communities find answers to the needs they face.

    Just as important, completion of this network of river crossings is a clear example of what can be achieved when local communities have the chance to help themselves. After all, who better understands and has more interest in the well-being of a community than the people of that community themselves?...   Full speech »

  • Condolences for the May 19 fire

    The people and government of the United States want to offer our deepest condolences and prayers for the victims of the tragic apartment building fire in Baku on May 19. May all those who have lost loved ones be consoled, and may those who are injured speedily recover. 

  • 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery Fraud Alert

    The U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan wishes to advise the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa (DV), or Visa Lottery, program applicants. The originators of these fraudulent emails and letters pose as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. Applicants are encouraged to review the rules and procedures for the DV program to help identify potentially fraudulent communications.

    While DV applicants may receive an email from the U.S. government reminding them to check their status online through DV Entrant Status Check, they will not receive a notification letter or email informing them that they are a successful DV entrant. Applicants can only find out if they were selected to continue with DV processing by checking their status online through the DV Entrant Status Check at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov   More info... »

  • Statement by Secretary Kerry: "Commemorating World Press Freedom Day"

    "On May 3rd, we honored journalists who defend democratic ideals through their commitment to discovering and telling the truth. In doing so, we also paid tribute journalism itself, a profession to that is essential to good governance and the functioning of democracy. This is a critically important time to acknowledge the contributions of journalists. As the Committee to Protect Journalists recently reported, this is the “most deadly and dangerous period for journalists in recent history.” From violent extremists and criminal gangs who abduct and kill reporters to authoritarian governments that persecute them, press freedom is under attack.

    The most common reason journalists are targeted, of course, is to limit and control the free flow of information and ideas. Censorship gives power to dictators and tyrants; it allows them to mask the truth, to propagate false narratives that play to their self-serving interests. That’s what’s happening in places like Syria, where those in power, and the extremists present there, want nothing to stand in the way of their ability to distort the truth..."  Full statement »

  • Remarks by the President On World Press Freedom Day

    "Well, as many of you know, Sunday is World Press Freedom Day, a day in which we reaffirm the vital role that a free press plays in democracy and shining a light on the many challenges, cruelties and also hopeful stories that exist in countries all around the world.

    Journalists give all of us, as citizens, the chance to know the truth about our countries, ourselves, our governments. That makes us better. It makes us stronger. It gives voice to the voiceless, exposes injustice, and holds leaders like me accountable.

    Unfortunately, in too many places around the world, a free press is under attack by governments that want to avoid the truth or mistrust the ability of citizens to make their own decisions. Journalists are harassed, sometimes even killed. Independent outlets are shut down. Dissent is silenced. And freedom of expression is stifled..."   »

  • Department Spokesperson on "Free the Press" Cases in Azerbaijan

    We continue our Free the Press campaign with two more cases today. The first comes from Azerbaijan, where 12 journalists and bloggers remain detained or imprisoned on government orders. Among the 12, Mr. Hilal Mammadov – Mammadov, I think – has been imprisoned since 2013. There he is on the screen. He was arrested in 2012 on charges of treason, incitement of ethnic hatred, and drug possession, and sentenced to five years in prison in 2013.

    The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention considers his detention arbitrary, and has requested his immediate release in March 2014. A number of international human rights groups have also called for his release. We join them in calling for the immediate release of him and other journalists and bloggers who were incarcerated for simply exercising their right to freedom of expression. We call for an end to all such prosecutions and other forms of pressure on the independent press, and for Azerbaijan to honor its commitments to freedom of expression. 

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