AZAD Forum 'Time to get tough with Baku' on Dec 12, 2014 in DC




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Time to get tough with Baku:

Can US sanctions help Azerbaijani dissidents?


Azerbaijan's already poor record on democracy has recently got much worse. The Aliyev regime's war on civil society is accelerating while it enjoys friendly ties with the US and EU and claims to be a "strategic ally of the West" and a "young democracy". But the engagement by its Western partners and their calls on the Azerbaijani government to respect fundamental freedoms and rights of its citizens seem to have been falling on deaf ears. A country of only 9 million has over 100 political prisoners. This prompted calls for a tougher response to Baku's violations of human rights, including sanctions against the officials implicated in such acts. We will discuss the subject of sanctions and what the US should and can do to have its concerns on democracy heard in Azerbaijan.

12 PM – 2:00 PM Friday, December 12, 2014



Goethe Institute, Gallery (2nd floor)

812 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Nearest metro station: Gallery Place/ Chinatown



The forum is open to public. RSVP is required.
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Recorded video of the event:

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Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy, The McCain Institute
Former President of Freedom House

Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Elmar Chakhtakhtinski and Gorkhmaz Asgarov
Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy



 12:00 PM

Reception with Lunch and Refreshments


 12:30 PM

Speaker Presentations


1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Discussion / Q&A Session



Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy (AZAD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit non-partisan organization that promotes support for democracy and human rights in Azerbaijan.


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