Artsakh Human Rights Defender’s Office to Report on Azeri Atrocities

Human Rights Defender of Nagorno-Karabakh, Ruben Melikyan
Human Rights Defender of Nagorno-Karabakh, Ruben Melikyan

Human Rights Defender of Nagorno-Karabakh, Ruben Melikyan

STEPANAKERT (ArmRadio)—”The Office of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s Human Rights Defender has launched a fact-finding mission to prepare a final report on the atrocities committed by Azeri forces against civilians and soldiers in Artsakh,” said Ombudsman Ruben Melikyan.

The Ombudsman’s Office released an interim report on April 22 to present the violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, the cases of attacks on civilian population of Artsakh, cases of inhumane treatment, as well as cases of torture and mutilation of servicemen.

“The interim report was based exclusively on published facts, which are not enough for a final report,” Melikyan noted. Therefore, he said, the Human Rights Defender’s Office has started an independent fact-finding effort.

The initial report includes photos and description of facts meant for people above 18. Only photos widely shared and discussed in mass media and on social networks have been used in the document.

According to the Ombudsman, the prime goal is to present the inhumane actions of the Azeri forces on international platforms, as their recently committed atrocities have reached different levels of cruelty.

Melikyan believes that the atrocities should be condemned and properly assessed by the international community. “There are enough facts and the Human Rights Defender’s Office will be consistent in presenting the facts to the world.”

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