YEREVAN—Armenia’s immigration service is investigating the case of a five-member Azerbaijani family who entered Armenia seeking political asylum. Immigration authorities say they are trying to establish that the family was persecuted in Azerbaijan for reasons defined in the Geneva Convention, which include political affiliation, ethnic origin, and citizenship. The head of Armenia’s State Migration Service, Gagik Yeganyan, said the family is safe and being accommodated for in Armenia with the help of the UN office in Yerevan.
“We consider the case to be an objective request for asylum. In this case the country of origin makes no difference,” Gagik Yeganyan said. “Our approach is the same whether the family is from Azerbaijan or Sudan or any other country.”
37-year-old citizen of Azerbaijan Javid Orujev, his wife, and three children applied to the Armenian side at the Bagratashen checkpoint at the Armenian-Georgian border on January 29.
According to Armenia’s National Security Service, Orujev was under pressure from Azerbaijan’s special services ever after marrying a Baku resident of Armenian origin. In particular, he had been forced into trying to obtain data about Armenia and its Diaspora through the relatives of his ethnic Armenian wife, identified as 30-year-old Roya Mirzoyeva.