Armenia’s Ombudsman Presents Azeri Atrocities to Council of Europe

Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia, Arman Tatoyan,and Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland
Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia, Arman Tatoyan,and Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland

Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia, Arman Tatoyan,and Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland

STRASBOURG (ArmRadio) —On May 12, the Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) of Armenia, Arman Tatoyan, met with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland in Strasbourg.

Tatoyan presented the gross human rights violations committed against the civilian population of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh as a result of Azerbaijani aggression initiated in the beginning of April.

During the meeting, the Defender presented specific examples to Jagland of atrocities committed by Azerbaijani armed forces. He also handed the Secretary General the published Report of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s Human Rights Defender which analyzes the atrocities.

Tatoyan underlined the devastating consequences of Azerbaijani aggressive policy of disseminating hatred and violence towards people of Armenian ethnicity, thereby endangering the Council of Europe human rights protection system. Moreover, the Defender noted that such policy is being encouraged at state level and is of an absolutely intolerant nature.

It was noted that human rights violations are unacceptable under any circumstances, and human rights protection cannot be limited by politics or borders.

The parties emphasized the role of the Ombudsman in implementing the European standards in Armenia. More specifically, importance of the Ombudsman institute in executing the European Court of Human Rights judgments was emphasized. The parties also discussed issues related to prevention of domestic violence, protection of the rights of people with disabilities, and other human rights issues.

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