Release of Ilgar Mammadov

The United States welcomes the decision of the Azerbaijani Court of Appeal to release Republican Alternative Party Chairman Ilgar Mammadov, whose conviction and imprisonment for over five years raised serious concerns about the rule of law in Azerbaijan. We call on the government to drop the charges against him, in keeping with its international obligations ...
Read More»

Statement by U.S. Department of State: Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including a police officer. In response to this outrageous violation of the ...
Read More»

Statement by U.S. Department of State: Third Anniversary of the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

Three years ago, opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was assassinated just outside the Kremlin.  As a leading figure of Russia’s democratic movement, a former Russian regional governor, and an energy minister as well as a deputy prime minister, Boris Nemtsov committed his life to public service and the goal of a freer and more prosperous Russia.  ...
Read More»

Joint Statement on the Sentencing of Afgan Mukhtarli in Azerbaijan

Delegation of Canada to the OSCE / United States Mission to the OSCE Joint Statement on the Sentencing of Afgan Mukhtarli in Azerbaijan – As delivered by Political Counselor Gregory Macris to the Permanent Council, Vienna, January 18, 2018 In light of our shared OSCE commitments and international obligations to respect freedom of expression, Canada ...
Read More»

Statement by U.S. Department of State: On the Sentencing of Afgan Mukhtarli

The United States is disturbed by the January 12 sentencing of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to a six-year prison term.  Mr. Mukhtarli was reportedly abducted in Georgia on May 30 and subsequently arrested in Azerbaijan on smuggling and related charges, widely considered to be politically motivated. We urge the government of Azerbaijan to release Mr. ...
Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on International Human Rights Day

Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. For those who ...
Read More»

Statement on the Assault on Media Freedom in Azerbaijan

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 26, 2017 We are deeply troubled by the August 24 arrest and three month pretrial detention of Mehman Aliyev, the prominent editor-in-chief of Azerbaijan’s only remaining independent media outlet, Turan Information Agency. Other restrictive actions against Turan, including freezing its bank accounts and initiating tax evasion ...
Read More»
Show More ∨