Former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Urges Sanctions on Baku

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has lead a crackdown on human rights activists in the country

In an opinion piece featured in The American Interest, former US ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Kauzlarich, along with executive director of Freedom House David. J. Kramer, outline the severe human rights crisis taking place in Azerbaijan, saying that it’s “Time for Sanctions on Baku.”

“It’s time … for the United States to apply a law modeled on the 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law and Accountability Act to authorities in Baku. A number of Azerbaijani activists have called for such measures. Given the reported assets the Aliyev family and its circle hold overseas, freezing their assets and denying them access and travel to the West might just do the trick. The State Department should also issue a travel warning to American citizens alerting them of the surveillance, harassment, and possible detention they might face in Azerbaijan,” the article says.

Read the full article published in The American Interest.


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  1. Armenian said:

    They are digging their own grave. This behavior, coupled with their declining oil and gas production, is going to put them in an extremely difficult situation in about 5-10 years.

  2. Areg said:

    Yes, America come to your senses, put sanctions on Azerbaijan and Genocidal Turkey also. Pan Turkism is a disease of mankind like the Turkish support of ISIS.
    America stop being on the wrong side of the equation. Russia and the Western World headed by United States must stop being on each other’s neck. Pan Turkism is the problem. No nation on this earth must side with blood thirsty Turkey and her ally Azerbaijan.
    The former Ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Kauzlarich has it finally right, follow his suit.

  3. tommy said:

    US let them get away with this before. What is different now? Are they joining BRICs?

  4. Tatev said:

    Totally agree. It is time for the USA to act, While it is sad that we still divide the world into us and them, the USA and others should use its power, both overt and covert, to rid the world of this dictatorship and sanctions are a good start. It may alienate them at first and push this oil into the hands of the Russians or the Chinese but the people come first. A future with friendly neighbor for Armenia would change everything in the area.

  5. Vahan Vanagan said:

    This reminds Nouri Saïd, the PM of Irak in 1958. After the 1958 revolution, the furiuos mob pulling his body through the streets of Bagdad.
    Long Live Revolution, Down with the Baby Alieve.

    Vahan Vanagan

  6. Josef said:

    If they treat their own citizens this way imagine how they will treat their neighbors , minority’s and enemy’s?
    Oil money and dictator spells trouble!!

  7. Satenik said:

    Unfortunately, as long as there is oil for Aliyev’s masters, everything else will fall on deaf ears!