Rep. Brad Sherman Calls for Global Magnitsky Act Sanctions on Aliyev Regime

The ANCA Backs Strict Enforcement against Top Azerbaijani Leaders

The ANCA action alert empowers activists to ask members of Congress and the President to hold Azerbaijani leaders accountable for war crimes, including the launching of cluster bombs against Armenian civilians in Artsakh.

WASHINGTON, DC – In the wake of Congressman Brad Sherman’s (D-CA) call today for enforcement of Global Magnitsky sanctions against Azerbaijan, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) launched a grassroots campaign to restrict financial dealings, freeze assets, and limit travel by senior leaders in Baku.

“It’s time for the U.S. to apply Global Magnitsky sanctions on Azeri officials responsible for targeting civilians in #Artsakh. It’s also time to end security cooperation w/Azerbaijan without delay, including any arms sales, security assistance & training,” tweeted Rep. Sherman earlier today, sharing an article documenting Azerbaijan’s October 8th bombing of the Holy Savior Church, commonly known as St. Ghazanchetsots, in Shushi.

“We join with Congressman Brad Sherman in calling for Global Magnitsky sanctions against top Azerbaijani leaders guilty of committing war crimes and human rights abuses against innocent civilians in Artsakh and Armenia,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “The White House needs to answer Azerbaijan’s unprovoked aggression by ending all U.S. military aid to Baku and enforcing strict sanctions against Turkey for arming Azerbaijan and deploying jihadist terrorists against Armenians.”

The ANCA action alert empowers activists to ask members of Congress and the President to hold Azerbaijani leaders accountable for war crimes, including the launching of cluster bombs against Armenian civilians in the Artsakh Republic, a violation of human rights documented by Amnesty International.

Among the targets identified by the ANCA are: President Ilham Aliyev, Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov, Chief of the General Staff Sadikov Najmeddin Huseynoglu, Deputy Minister of Defense (Army) Mustafayev Kerem Narimanoglu, and Deputy Minister of Defense (Air Force) Tairov Ramiz Firudinoglu.

The Global Magnitsky Act – a powerful statutory tool enacted by Congress – gives the White House broad power to sanction foreign officials who are responsible for serious human rights abuses.

The ANCA is also calling on the White House – via the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – to enforce strict economic sanctions against Turkish President Recep Erdogan for arming Azerbaijan with prohibited weapons and recruiting known terrorists into combat against Armenian civilians.

The ANCA alert underscores that “Turkey and Azerbaijan (with a combined population of 100 million) will complete the work of the Armenian Genocide, the systematic destruction of the world’s first Christian nation, a proud modern democracy of just three million people struggling to survive on the frontier of world freedom.”

Senior U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee member Brad Sherman called for the application of Global Magnitsky sanctions on Azerbaijani leaders for war crimes committed during their latest attack against Artsakh and Armenia, in this tweet issued on October 9th.
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4 Comments

  1. By providing military aid, security assistance and training to a terrorist state as extreme as Azerbaijan, again shows what a horribly stupid country the USA really is. Therefore, as a result of all this, the USA is also complicit in the attempt by Azerbaijan and Turkey to commit a genocide against the Armenians of Artsakh.

  2. Sanction Azerbaijan leadership for committing war crimes against the civilian population of Artsakh Republic

  3. Sanctioning Aliyev, rather than ending military and diplomatic support for Azerbaijan, is a step in the wrong direction. It goes to show you the utterly clueless way in which a lot of American politicians conduct their foreign policy. Aliyev being sanctioned will simply push him closer to Iran and Russia, which would be the most dangerous thing right now. A worldwide effort to reduce Azerbaijan’s ability to own and operate weapons would be much better. I doubt that Western politicians will ever understand any of that. They are too short sighted and reactionary.

  4. Let’s assume Aliyev is sanctioned and all military and diplomatic support for Azerbaijan is ended. Would this solve Armenia’s real problems? Azerbaijan and Turkey would keep closing their borders and airspace which increases unemployement and outmigration. Armenia needs to find a diplomatic solution for all parties.

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