ANCA Eastern Region activists participate in more than 50 August recess meetings

September 13, 2023

WATERTOWN, MA — ANCA Eastern Region activists and allies from across the country met with more than 50 members of Congress from both the House and Senate during the August recess, sounding the alarm on Azerbaijan’s genocidal blockade of Artsakh, which has gone on for more than 270 days.

Each year, during the August recess, senators and representatives return home to their respective states to visit with constituents in their districts, attend various community functions and tend to matters of their constituencies. The ANCA Eastern Region staff worked with its activists in 31 states throughout the region to ensure that they were poised to present the plight of Artsakh in every conversation with congressional members and staffers – raising the salience of the plight of Artsakh.

Activists shined the spotlight on the continued waiver of Section 907, which allows for the armament of Azerbaijan – despite the various human rights abuses by the Aliyev regime and the ongoing blockade of the Berdzor (Lachin) Corridor, hindering the access of a vital lifeline to the Republic of Artsakh.

“Dedicated activists throughout the ANCA Eastern Region doubled down on their efforts this August recess – strengthening relationships with offices and, most importantly, conveying the urgent need for the United States government to take concrete steps to address the unfolding genocide in Artsakh and hold Azerbaijan accountable. We have no doubt that our continued advocacy on the Hill and within our communities demonstrates to our compatriots in Artsakh that they are not alone,” said Nairi Diratsouian, ANCA Eastern Region Legislative Affairs and Community Relations director.

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