Fiscal Transparency Report
On July 28, the U.S. Department of State released the 2016 Fiscal Transparency Report, which assesses Azerbaijan’s budget processes and information about the budget as well as processes for awarding government contracts and licenses for natural resource extraction. The 2016 report concludes that Azerbaijan has made significant progress toward achieving the standards of fiscal transparency, and the U.S. government applauds Azerbaijan for its hard work in this area. Fiscal transparency fosters greater government accountability by providing a window into government budgets for citizens, helping them hold their leadership accountable, and facilitating better-informed public discussions. Fiscal transparency is a critical element of effective public financial management, helps in building market confidence, and underpins economic sustainability.
2016 Fiscal Transparency Report, Azerbaijan (PDF 65 KB)
The Human Rights Report
The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are submitted annually by the U.S. Department of State to the U.S. Congress in compliance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974. The law provides that the Secretary of State shall transmit to Congress, “a full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights…(A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act.”
The International Religious Freedom report is submitted to Congress annually by the Department of State in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. This report supplements the most recent Human Rights Reports by providing additional detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom. It includes individual country chapters on the status of religious freedom worldwide.
The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it. The U.S. Government uses the TIP Report to engage in public diplomacy to encourage partnership in creating and implementing laws and policies to combat trafficking and to target resources on prevention, protection and prosecution programs. Freeing victims, preventing trafficking, and bringing traffickers to justice are the ultimate goals of the report and of the U.S Government’s anti-human trafficking policy.