Senator Bernie Sanders cosponsors resolutions requiring review of Turkey and Azerbaijan human rights violations

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders cosponsors S.Res.754 and S.Res.755, the Armenian National Committee of America – Eastern region (ANCA-ER) reports.

 On October 22 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced two powerful resolutions calling on the State Department to report about Turkey and Azerbaijan’s human rights violations, and the role of U.S. security aid in the repression and aggression.

According to the office of Senator Menendez, the Azerbaijan resolution requests:

— All available information concerning alleged violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Government of Azerbaijan within Azerbaijan;

— A description of the steps the U.S. has taken to promote observance of human rights in Azerbaijan;

— The Secretary’s opinion of whether extraordinary circumstances require a continuation of U.S. security assistance to Azerbaijan and all the facts suggesting such assistance is in the national interest of the U.S.;

— All available credible information concerning alleged violations of internationally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Government of Azerbaijan throughout the South ;

— Information on the likelihood that U.S. security assistance has been or will be used in the South Caucasus by the Government of Azerbaijan;

— A description of the steps the U.S. has taken to discourage practices inimical to human rights by the Government of Azerbaijan in the South Caucasus, and to disassociate the U.S. and U.S. security assistance from them.

The Turkey resolution requests:

— All available information concerning alleged violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Government of Turkey within Turkey;

— A description of the steps the U.S. has taken to promote observance of human rights in Turkey;

— The Secretary’s opinion of whether extraordinary circumstances require a continuation of U.S. security assistance to Turkey and all the facts suggesting such assistance is in the national interest of the U.S.;

— All available information concerning alleged violations of internationally recognized human rights by the Government of Turkey, its armed forces, and associated groups and persons in the south Caucasus, Syria, Libya, and Iraq;

— Information on whether U.S. security assistance has been or is likely to be used in the South Caucasus, Syria, Libya, or Iraq by the Government of Turkey;

— Information on whether U.S.-built F-16s have been used by the Government of Turkey in the South Caucasus;

— A description of steps the U.S. has taken to discourage practices inimical to human rights by the Government of Turkey in the south Caucasus, Syria, Libya, and Iraq, and to disassociate the U.S. and U.S. security assistance from them.

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