On December 7, the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued rulings on the application of urgent measures by Armenia v. Azerbaijan under the International Covenant on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
These decisions definitely reflect the adoption of a number of key arguments presented by the court on the Armenian side, the confirmation of our positions “before the court”.
In its urgent application, Armenia provided evidence of Azerbaijan’s continuing policy of racially motivated killings and torture of other Armenian prisoners of war, as well as racial hatred of Armenians and the destruction of Armenian cultural heritage.
The court found that within the framework of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, there is an immediate danger of irreversible damage to the rights of ethnic Armenians.
1 ․ “Protect from violence նական bodily injuries all those who were taken prisoner in 2020 ․ “Due to the armed conflict, they are still being held captive, ensuring their security and equality before the law.”
2 ․ “Take all necessary measures to prevent incitement, discrimination and incitement to racial hatred, discrimination against ethnic Armenians, including by Azerbaijani officials and state institutions.”
3 ․ “Take all necessary measures to prevent and punish acts of vandalism and desecration against the Armenian cultural heritage, including churches, other places of worship, monuments, sights, cemeteries, artifacts.”
It is noteworthy that during the oral hearing of the lawsuit filed by Armenia on urgent measures, the Court referred to the official statement of the representative of Azerbaijan that the mannequins depicting Armenian soldiers were removed from the so-called “Strategist Park”. they will not be shown in the future!
It is noteworthy that the Court obliged only Azerbaijan to take all necessary measures to prevent discrimination and incitement, “including by its officials and state institutions.”
The rhetoric of anti-Armenianism voiced by the top leadership of Azerbaijan, the inhuman treatment of Armenians under the control or jurisdiction of Azerbaijan, as well as the destruction and desecration of the Armenian cultural and religious heritage are insurmountable obstacles to the reduction of tensions in the region and peaceful development.
Court rulings on the application of urgent measures recognize these realities and create binding legal obligations to address them under international law.
Armenia will pursue the implementation of the Court’s decisions by Azerbaijan և will inform the Court of any violations.
The court decision once again reaffirms the legitimacy of the Armenian side’s alarms during this period regarding other detainees, endangered Armenian historical and cultural heritage in the territories of Artsakh under Azerbaijani control, and anti-Armenian rhetoric voiced by Azerbaijan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia draws the attention of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and other international partners to the decision of the UN International Court of Justice and calls on them to continue their efforts to comprehensively address the identified issues.
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