ANCA Rapid Responder Letter: Cosponsor the Eshoo-Smith Resolution Condemning Azerbaijan's Ethnic Cleansing of Artsakh

Letter to Representatives Eshoo and Smith:


Dear Representative:

I am writing to thank you for spearheading the bipartisan resolution condemning Azerbaijan’s ethnic cleansing of the Armenian population in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and demanding justice and accountability for these crimes.

Since its ethnic cleansing of Artsakh’s entire indigenous Armenian population last year, Azerbaijan has faced no meaningful costs for its genocidal aggression – despite assurances from the Department of State that the U.S. would “not countenance any action to ethnically cleanse the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh.” Your resolution appropriately demands immediate action to hold Azerbaijan accountable by imposing targeted sanctions on Azerbaijani officials complicit in human rights abuses and enforcing statutory prohibitions on U.S. military assistance to Azerbaijan pursuant to Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act.

Through your leadership, we can ensure the U.S. recognizes Azerbaijan’s forced displacement of over 100,000 Armenians from Artsakh as an act of ethnic cleansing, and the Administration makes a public determination to this effect. It’s passage will help facilitate a just and lasting accountability-based peace in the South Caucasus that secures the release of all illegally detained Armenian prisoners of war and civilian captives, including Artsakh’s political leaders, and ensures the right of Armenians to return to their homes with international guarantees for their security.

Thank you for standing with the Armenian community and its coalition partners to hold Azerbaijan accountable for its actions and to help secure the safe return of displaced Armenians to their homes. I look forward to working with your office to help secure swift passage of this measure.

Sincerely,

 


Letter to U.S. Representatives Asking them to Co-Sponsor the Eshoo-Smith Resolution:


Dear Representative,

I am writing to urge you to cosponsor the bipartisan resolution introduced by Representatives Anna Eshoo and Chris Smith, condemning Azerbaijan’s ethnic cleansing of the Armenian population in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and demanding justice and accountability for these crimes.

The resolution recognizes Azerbaijan’s forced displacement of over 100,000 Armenians from Artsakh as an act of ethnic cleansing and calls on the Administration to make a public determination to this effect. It also urges the United States to facilitate a just and lasting accountability-based peace in the South Caucasus that secures the release of all illegally detained Armenian prisoners of war and civilian captives, including Artsakh’s political leaders, and ensures the right of Armenians to return to their homes with international guarantees for their security.

Since its ethnic cleansing of Artsakh’s entire indigenous Armenian population last year, Azerbaijan has faced no meaningful costs for its genocidal aggression – despite assurances from the Department of State that the U.S. would “not countenance any action to ethnically cleanse the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh.” The Eshoo-Smith resolution demands immediate action to hold Azerbaijan accountable by imposing targeted sanctions on Azerbaijani officials complicit in human rights abuses and enforcing statutory prohibitions on U.S. military assistance to Azerbaijan pursuant to Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act.

I urge you to stand with the Armenian community and its coalition partners in support of this resolution to hold Azerbaijan accountable for its actions and to help secure the safe return of displaced Armenians to their homes.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,

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