The US Department of State Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor ahs publicized a report on Support to Human Rights and Democracy: US Report 2005 2006, Trend reports.
While there were some improvements in the period leading up to the November 6 parliamentary elections, the elections failed to meet a number of international standards, the report reads.
According to the report, the Ambassador called for democratic elections through the media over 50 times during the year. U.S. programs trained 1,200 political candidates on the basics of campaigning, 1,000 local election officials on the mechanics of carrying out a democratic election process, and 500 judges and lawyers on fair adjudication of the election code.
The United States funded programs to increase the professionalism and skills of the judiciary, procuracy, and the defense bar to improve legislation and to implement new anti-corruption legislation. United States continued to support a program, which it helped design, to integrate human rights into training for security forces guarding the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, the document underlines.