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LAW OF THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC

of September 30, 2002 No. 365-IIG

About state language in the Azerbaijan Republic

(as amended on 29-06-2020)

The Azerbaijan Republic considers use of Azerbaijani as state, one of the most important signs of the independent statehood, shows care of its application, protection and development, creates the soil for ensuring with Azerbaijanians of the world of the needs for national and cultural self-expression connected with Azerbaijani.

This Law according to the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic regulates legal status of Azerbaijani as state, in the Azerbaijan Republic.

Section I. General provisions

Article 1. Legal status of state language

1.1. State language of the Azerbaijan Republic according to part 1 of article 21 of the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic is Azerbaijani. Each citizen of the Azerbaijan Republic shall know state language.

1.2. Azerbaijani as state language of the Azerbaijan Republic, is used in all spheres of political, public, economic, scientific and cultural life of the country.

1.3. The Azerbaijan Republic provides use, protection and development of state language.

1.4. The activities connected using state language in public authorities and local self-government, government institutions, political parties, non-governmental organizations (public associations and funds), the trade-union organizations, other legal entities, their representations and branches, organizations in the Azerbaijan Republic are performed according to this Law, including in state language the clerical work is conducted.

1.5. Regulations of application of state language are established by relevant organ of the executive authority.

1.6. Correspondences with the international organizations performing activities in the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic (or their representations) and diplomatic representations of foreign states can be conducted in state language of the Azerbaijan Republic or in the corresponding foreign language with condition of the translation into Azerbaijani.

Article 2. The legislation on state language in the Azerbaijan Republic

The legislation on state language in the Azerbaijan Republic consists of the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic, this Law, other regulatory legal acts and international treaties which participant is the Azerbaijan Republic.

Article 3. The main objectives of the state in the field of use, protection and development of state language

3.0. To the main objectives of the state in the field of use, protection and developments of state language belong:

3.0.1. establishment according to requirements of the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic and this Law of the legal statuses connected with state language;

3.0.2. ensuring compliance with application of state language, the provisions of the legislation connected with use and protection of this language;

3.0.3. preparation of the development program of state language and ensuring its financing at the expense of means of the government budget;

3.0.4. protection of purity of state language, creation of the corresponding conditions and implementation of measures for development of the theory and practice of linguistics;

3.0.5. creation of the material resources necessary for use of state language;

3.0.6. rendering to the Azerbaijanians of the help in education living in foreign countries in Azerbaijani, free use of this language.

Section II. Use, protection and development of state language

Article 4. Use of state language at official Ceremonies

4.1. All official ceremonies and the events held by public authorities and local self-government, government institutions of the Azerbaijan Republic are conducted in state language of the Azerbaijan Republic.

4.2. Requirements of article 4.1 of this Law do not extend to the official ceremonies and actions of the international level organized by the Azerbaijan Republic, and also these or those official ceremonies and the events held by relevant organs of the executive authority in other countries.

Article 5. Use of state language in the field of education

5.1. Education in the Azerbaijan Republic is conducted in state language.

5.2. Activities of educational institutions in other languages are performed in the Azerbaijan Republic in the procedure established by the legislation. In such educational institutions teaching state language is obligatory.

5.3. During acceptance in the highest and average professional and special educational institutions in the Azerbaijan Republic examination in discipline Azerbaijani is taken.

Article 6. Use of state language in TV and radio broadcasting

Leading all TV and radio channels broadcasting in state language, irrespective of pattern of ownership, founded and performing activities in the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic, shall know in perfection state language and speak on it fluently. The movies and transfers duplicated on TV and radio channels shall meet the language standards established by the state.

Article 7. Use of state language in services industries, advertizing and announcements

7.1. In all services industries, advertizing and announcements in the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic the state language is used. In the corresponding services industries connected with rendering services to foreigners along with state language also other languages can be applied. In need of advertizing and announcements (on boards, board, posters and so forth) along with state language also other languages can be used. However the space occupied by them shall not exceed the space occupied by Azerbaijani, it shall be after text in Azerbaijani.

7.1-1. According to requirements of the advertiser in the text of the advertizing placed on the advertizing structures along with state language also other languages can be used. In this case the text in foreign language shall be placed after the text in state language, it is no more than the space, occupied by the text in state language. The trademark and geographical specifying which text contains expressions in other languages shall be specified in the form registered by the body (structure) established by relevant organ of the executive authority.

7.2. The state language in all services industries, advertizing and announcements in the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic shall be applied according to regulations of state language.

7.3. Labels and other texts on the goods made in the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic, and also the exported goods along with the corresponding foreign languages shall be this also in state language.

7.4. Labels and names on the goods imported to the Azerbaijan Republic and products, the instruction on rules of their use along with other languages shall be followed by the translation into Azerbaijani.

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