U.S. Expresses Concern After Azerbaijan’s Elections

By Danielle Saroyan

Armenian Agenda Associate Editor

On November
2, the United States Department of State Office of Press Relations Director
Elizabeth Trudeau released a statement regarding Azerbaijan’s parliamentary elections.
Trudeau pointed out the absence of OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions
and Human Rights (ODIHR) observers to monitor the elections, and expressed
concerns on the Azerbaijani Government’s restrictions on fundamental freedoms.  

“We continue
to have concerns about the restrictive political environment in Azerbaijan and
urge the Government of Azerbaijan to respect the freedoms of peaceful assembly,
association, and independent voices including the media as part of its
international commitments, and to work with the OSCE, including ODIHR, to this
end,” the statement read.

Below is the
Press Statement on Azerbaijan’s Parliamentary Elections.

Department of State

Press Statement by Elizabeth Trudeau, Director

Office of Press Relations

Washington, D.C.

November 2, 2015


The United
States notes that Azerbaijan held parliamentary elections on November 1.

We regret
that the Government of Azerbaijan did not allow the OSCE’s Office for
Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to field its necessary number
of observers, and therefore ODIHR was not able to monitor the elections.  Without ODIHR participation, it is impossible
for us to say that Azerbaijan has made progress on ODIHR’s previous election
observation recommendations, which identified and sought to address limitations
to fundamental freedoms.

We continue
to have concerns about the restrictive political environment in Azerbaijan and
urge the Government of Azerbaijan to respect the freedoms of peaceful assembly,
association, and independent voices including the media as part of its
international commitments, and to work with the OSCE, including ODIHR, to this
end.  We remain committed to working with
the government and people of Azerbaijan in their effort to ensure a strong,
stable, democratic, and prosperous future.

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