Azeri Family Applies for Asylum

Head of Armenia’s State Migration Service Gagik Yeganyan

YEREVAN (Armenpress)—The Azerbaijani family of five, who crossed into Armenia last week asking for political asylum, have submitted an application to the Armenian immigration authorities. Head of Armenia’s State Migration Service Gagik Yeganyan told Armenpress that the process has been launched, though he cannot provide any other information about dates or the process, as the information is confidential.

The External Relations Associate at the Armenian Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Anahit Hayrapetyan informed that the family is under the auspices of the UN Yerevan Office. According to Hayrapetyan, the organization asked the Armenian authorities to deal with the issue in compliance with international norms and mandates and Armenian national legislative standards.

“We welcome Armenian authorities’ upholding of the non-return principle on the Armenian-Georgian border, as well as the fact that the Armenian authorities applied alternative measures towards the Azerbaijani family instead of detention,” Hayrapetyan said, adding that the UN Refugee Office does not provide any confidential information to the media about individual cases, based on its global policy provisions.

According to the official press release of the National Security Council of the Republic of Armenia, the citizen of Azerbaijan Javid Orujov, born in 1976, along with his wife and three children, applied to the Armenian-Georgian Bagratashen checkpoint on Jan. 29 to ask for political asylum in Armenia. Javid Orujov said that he was subjected to pressure by Azerbaijani law-enforcement agencies as his wife Roya Mirzoyeva has Armenian origins. Not enduring the inhumane oppression, Javid Orujov agreed to cooperate with Azerbaijan’s special services and, through the relatives of his wife living abroad, he collected information about Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora. Realizing the dangerous situation for him and his family, Orujov tried to settle in a European country, but after being denied, the pressure upon him by Azerbaijan’s special services became more intensified. Finding himself in a hopeless situation and feeling real danger for his family, Javid Orujov decided to ask for political asylum from the Armenian authorities.

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