WASHINGTON, DC – Senior members of the United States House of Representatives introduced amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 – NDAA (HR4350) excluding the US military aid to Azerbaijan.
Amendment 52 to HR 4350, sponsored by Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA), states that “no federal funds may be committed or spent to provide United States military or security assistance or cooperation to the forces defense or government security. of Azerbaijan.
Amendment # 90 to HR 4350, sponsored by Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), states that “none of the amounts authorized to be affected by this Act or otherwise made available to the Department of Defense may be made available to provide military or state security assistance or cooperation to the defense or security forces of the government of Azerbaijan.
Amendment No 122 to HR 4350, sponsored by Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), states that “none of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available to the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2022 to execute the authority of Article 333 of Title 10, United States Code, be made available to Azerbaijan for assistance.
Amendment # 123 to HR 4350, sponsored by Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), “requires a report from the Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the Secretary of State, addressing allegations that some units of foreign countries that have participated in security cooperation programs under Section 333 of Title 10, USC may also have committed serious violations of internationally recognized human rights before or during the receipt of US security assistance This report would also include recommendations to improve human rights training and additional measures that can be taken to prevent these types of violations.
Amendment # 560 to HR 4350 sponsored by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Representative Tony Cardenas (D-CA), expresses the “meaning of Congress on Azerbaijan’s illegal detention of Armenian prisoners of war” . He also declares that the Azerbaijani government must immediately return all Armenian prisoners of war and captured civilians and urges the administration to engage with the Azerbaijani authorities, including through the OSCE Minsk Group, to stress. the importance of respecting their obligations under the November 9 Convention. and the international right to immediately release all prisoners of war and captured civilians.
Amendment No. 579 to HR 4350 sponsored by Representative Dina Titus (D-NV), requires a report from the Secretary of State on the activities of the Gray Wolves organization (AKA Bozkurtlar & Ülkü Ocaklari) carried out against American interests , allies and partners, including a review of the criteria met for designation as a foreign terrorist organization.
Amendment 586 to HR 4350, sponsored by Representative Tony Cardenas (D-CA) and Representative Adam Schif (D-CA), creates a report on Azerbaijan’s activities in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020 which will be submitted to the relevant congressional committees by the Secretary of Defense in consultation with the Secretary of State.
Amendment No 696 to HR 4350 sponsored by Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) requires the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to submit a report on Azerbaijan to the Congressional Defense Committees .
Given the 44-day war launched by Azerbaijan last year, which resulted in war crimes against the peaceful civilian population of Artsakh (some brutally beheaded according to Human Rights Watch) and a death toll of over 4,000 Armenian soldiers and more than 100,000 Armenians forcibly displaced from their homes, the destruction of vital infrastructure including schools and hospitals, the deliberate destruction of Armenian cultural and religious heritage sites, and the continued illegal imprisonment of prisoners from Armenian war by Azerbaijan, the Armenian Council of America wholeheartedly supports the above-mentioned amendments not only to hold Azerbaijan accountable, but to further investigate gross violations of internationally recognized human rights by Azerbaijan.
The House Rules Committee will likely meet the week of September 20 to decide which amendments will be considered “in order”, paving the way for a full US House review later in the week.
Here are the members of the Rules Committee who will be reviewing the changes:
Members of the majority
President Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA)
Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)
Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
Representative Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA)
Representative Joe Morelle (D-NY)
Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA)
Representative Deborah K. Ross (D-NC)
Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO)
Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK)
Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX)
Representative Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA)
Representative Michelle Fischbach (R-MN)