Release From Prison of Leyla Yunus

Press Statement
John Kirby
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 9, 2015

We welcome today’s decision by the Baku Court of Appeals to release human rights activist Leyla Yunus from prison on humanitarian grounds. Together with the November release of her husband Arif, we view it as a positive step, and we look forward to more such steps.

We will continue to seek opportunities to advance all areas of our relationship, including security, energy, and democracy and human rights, in partnership with the Azerbaijani Government and people.