Refugees Seek Reparations

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Information regarding Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan would be forwarded to the Minorities’ Rights commission of the United National Human Rights committee–announced the chairman of the Andrei Sakharov Human Rights Committee Levon Nercissian.

Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan who have sought refuge in Armenia recently appealed to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva–calling on the international body to assess their financial and moral losses as a result of their capture by Azeri soldiers. The UN Human Rights Committee announced that the refugee appeals would be sent to the corresponding bodies of the organization.

A similar letter has been sent to the Andrei Sakharov Fund–in which the refugees stress that from 1988 to 1990–until the collapse of the Soviet Union–due to the ethnic cleansing policy of Azerbaijan (i.e. massacres in Sumgait–Baku–Gyandja and forced relocation of population from Shahumian and Marduni districts) more that 300,000 Armenia’s had sought refuge in Armenia.

According to the letter a large portion of the refugees living in Armenia’still hope that the international community and legal organizations would–in the name of justice–urge the Azeri government to recognize and take blame for the Genocide committed between 1988 to 1990 against a population whose only "crime" was their national ethnicity.

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