he US condemned on Wednesday the beating of a journalist and human rights activists, Ilgar Nasibov, of the NGO Democracy Support Center last Thursday in Nakhchivan City, Azerbaijan.
State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement that Nasibov who is currently hospitalized in grave condition was, "a well-respected civil society activist and human rights defender for more than ten years." She noted in, "This case the police responded immediately, and the prosecutorآ’s office has initiated an investigation." The US supports, "a swift, full, and transparent investigation and prompt disclosure of whether criminal charges will be brought against the perpetrators." Additionally Psaki urged those responsible to be brought to justice and called on the Azerbaijani government to take steps to protect, "fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly, and association."