The United States welcomes the May 27 Pardon List

The United States welcomes the May 27 pardon of Azerbaijanis incarcerated for exercising their fundamental freedoms, including journalists, civil society representatives, members of the political opposition, and members of religious groups. Many persons remain in Azerbaijani prison for exercising those same rights, and we call on Azerbaijan to release those individuals as well.  We urge Azerbaijan to take additional steps in the months ahead, consistent with Azerbaijan’s international obligations and commitments to protect the fundamental freedoms of its citizens.  We encourage Azerbaijan’s authorities to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms as guaranteed by the Azerbaijani constitution.