UN Human Rights Commissioner Invited to Artsakh

UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Raad al-Hussein on October 16, 2014. (Photo: AP Photo/Keystone/Martial Trezzini)
UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Raad al-Hussein on October 16, 2014. (Photo: AP Photo/Keystone/Martial Trezzini)

UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Raad al-Hussein on October 16, 2014. (Photo: AP Photo/Keystone/Martial Trezzini)

STEPANAKERT (nkr.am)—On October 5, Artsakh’s Foreign Minister Karen Mirzoyan sent a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra՝ad Al Hussein with regard to his statement made at the opening of the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council on September 13, where he noted that his “Office has had no access to the conflict situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, including since the events of April 2016.” Mirzoyan invited Al Hussein to Stepanakert to discuss the April ceasefire violations perpetrated by Azerbaijan against Artsakh and the current conflict situation.

Pointing to the absence of any appeal for access to Nagorno-Karabakh from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to the authorities of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Mirzoyan expressed regret that for more than two decades the Office had not been able to visit Karabakh, not even after the Azerbaijani aggression this April.

“In our view, the OHCHR should be able to verify well-documented cases of massive and grave human rights violations and war crimes committed by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces both against Nagorno-Karabakh civilian population and its military personnel. We strongly believe that the international community has to react to these crimes in order to prevent their recurrence; otherwise, the impunity enjoyed by perpetrators would encourage further use of force by Azerbaijan against the people of Nagorno-Karabakh,” the letter reads.

Assuring that the authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic are very open to have a genuine cooperation with the OHCHR with a view of strengthening democratic norms and principles as well as protection of human rights in situations of conflict, Mirzoyan invited Al Hussein to visit Nagorno-Karabakh or to dispatch a team in order to make an impartial and objective assessment of the human rights situation and the crimes perpetrated against the people of Nagorno-Karabakh in April this year.

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