In Light of Azerbaijani Bombing of Civilian Hospital, Armenian Assembly Calls for Enforcement of Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act

Maternity hospital in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh after its bombing by Azerbaijan. Photo credit: David Ghahramanyan

Washington, D.C. – According to reporting from officials in Nagorno-Karabakh, a civilian maternity hospital was deliberately targeted today in the capital city of Stepanakert.

Bryan Ardouny, Executive Director, Armenian Assembly of America released the following statement:

“For years, Azerbaijan has paid millions to lobbyists and public relations firms in the U.S. and abroad to hide the truth about the Aliyev regime’s abusive human rights record against both the Armenian people of Nagorno-Karabakh and its own population.

Today’s unconscionable attack on a civilian maternity hospital in Stepanakert is not something that they can simply cover up with their blood money lobbying efforts.

Disturbingly, the attack on the hospital comes after three days of negotiations in Washington, DC working towards a humanitarian ceasefire. The Armenian Assembly of America urges the United States to use every tool at its disposal to ensure adherence to the latest humanitarian ceasefire agreement, and calls for the full enforcement of Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act.”

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest, non-partisan Armenian-American advocacy organization in the United States. Since 1972, the Assembly continues to promote public awareness of Armenian issues, encourage greater Armenian-American participation in the American democratic process, and assist in humanitarian and development programs in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, while strengthening the U.S.-Armenia and U.S.-Nagorno Karabakh relationships.

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An Azeri Pizzagate

Following the examples of the local McDonald’s and Burger King franchises in Azerbaijan making unauthorized usage of the commercial logos of American companies, it has come to our attention that, in a similar vein, Papa John’s Pizza in Azerbaijan is offering a free pizza and drink in celebration of the war against the Armenian people. These unethical practices violate basic international business norms.

“This promotion is both tasteless and unprincipled.  Papa John’s Pizza needs to act with the same swift measures taken by McDonald’s and Burger King and put a stop to it,” stated Armenian Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny.

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