Public Radio of Armenia. Presentation of the report “Violations of human rights during the 44-day Artsakh war” took place in Yerevan today. The report, based on a collection of facts about human rights violations during the fighting, was prepared by the Vanadzor Office of the Helsinki Civil Assembly, the Foundation for the Development and Defense of Law and the NGO “Defense of Rights without Borders” with the assistance of the Open Society Foundation.
The appearance of armed Azerbaijani soldiers near the Armenian villages has increased the number of cases of violation of the fundamental rights of civilians, stressed the Ombudsman of Armenia Arman Tatoyan, speaking at the presentation of the report “Violations of human rights during the 44-day Artsakh war.”
Calling the presented report an important initiative, he drew attention to the fact that the Azerbaijani military periodically shell the Armenian border villages, steal livestock from residents, and burn pastures.
“As a result of the illegal crossing of a number of Armenian roads under Azerbaijani control, residents of some Armenian communities faced a humanitarian crisis, as they found themselves in a blockade. Yes, the construction of bypass roads is good, but this does not solve the problems of these people, since they are under the direct control of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, their lives are under threat. The Azerbaijani military must leave these territories, and a demilitarized zone must be created. This report is important in terms of voicing crimes and bringing the perpetrators to justice, ”said the Human Rights Defender.
He expressed conviction that if the perpetrators of the crimes are not brought to justice, the international community will witness new violations of human rights, violations of the fundamental rights of residents of border areas by the Azerbaijani armed forces.
At the same time, he once again noted the inadmissibility of separating human rights from other components when making any decisions on border issues. “Now we see that when solving this or that issue between Armenia and Azerbaijan, only the military-political component is taken into account, while human rights are ignored, as a result we are witnessing the violation of the rights of residents of border regions. Meanwhile, it should be the other way around, human rights should be the basis for resolving all issues, this, in turn, will strengthen the military-political positions of Armenia, ”Tatoyan stressed.
In conclusion, he noted that the voiced issues in the field of human rights will receive broad international support, and in this direction it is necessary to work in a coordinated manner.
The facts of human rights violations were collected from eyewitness accounts – over 900 interviews. The fact-checking was carried out with military experts as well as with international expert circles.
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