Testimony From Captured Armenians Cannot Be Used by Baku for Criminal Prosecution

Armenia's Human Rights Defender issued a report on treatment of captive Armenians by Azerbaijan
Armenia's Human Rights Defender issued a report on treatment of captive Armenians by Azerbaijan

Armenia’s Human Rights Defender issued a report on treatment of captive Armenians by Azerbaijan

Armenia’s Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan said on Wednesday the information derived from interrogation of Armenian prisoners in Azerbaijan can neither be used as evidence, nor can serve against them as a basis for their criminal prosecution.

Tatoyan made the statement in an ad hoc report https://bit.ly/3bzlbFF on the treatment of Armenian military and civilian prisoners in Azerbaijan, the publication of which was announced Wednesday.

The report places particular emphasis on their interrogation in Azerbaijan, concluding that the information provided by the Armenian prisoners can not serve as a basis for criminal prosecution against them, nor could it have any probative value in international organizations and venues.

In particular, the special report presents the atrocities of the Azerbaijani armed forces, which among other things, were accompanied by torture, indignation and humiliation of the Armenian prisoners.

These facts are based on the evidence and analysis provided in the report, which once again confirms the use of methods prohibited by the Azerbaijani armed forces against the Armenian prisoners in accordance with strict international standards. The report’s assessments are also based on the ombudsman’s own fact-finding work.

In addition, international requirements for the treatment of prisoners of war, civilians, their interrogation, legal standards, objective evidence and other materials were examined.

The ombudsman will send the special report to international organizations, including to the European Court of Human Rights.

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