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May 8, 2023

The United States welcomes the May 8 Pardon

The United States welcomes the May 8th pardon of Azerbaijanis incarcerated for exercising their fundamental freedoms.  Unfortunately, many still remain in prison for exercising those same rights, and we call on Azerbaijan to release those individuals.  We urge Azerbaijan to take additional steps consistent with its obligations under its own constitution and international agreements to protect the fundamental freedoms of its citizens.