The foundations of the state language policy and legal provisions on multilingualism are laid down in the relevant articles of the Constitution (1995). The official language is the Azerbaijani language; the state guarantees the development of the Azerbaijani Language and ensures free use and development of other languages spoken by the population. Everyone has the right to use their native language. In addition, everyone has the right to an upbringing, education, and engage in any creative activity in any language, as desired. No person may be deprived of the right to use their native language. The Law on the State Language in the Republic of Azerbaijan was passed and came into force on 30 September 2002.
The Law on Media (1999) states that “The mass media use the state language in the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic. Therefore, mass media must observe the norms of the state language. Citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan have the right to use other languages spoken by the population of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as other languages widely spoken in the world, and the production and dissemination of mass information.”
The Law on Advertising (2015) determines that “…in addition to the state language of the Republic of Azerbaijan, other languages may be used in the advertisement”.