Tuesday, October 19, 2021

At U.N. court, Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of ethnic hatred

The Hague, Netherlands (AP) – Armenia on Thursday urged judges in a United Nations court to release Armenians detained during last year’s six-week war and stop promoting ethnic hatred. Order Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan urged judges to deny the request as the two countries faced off in the Hague courtroom.

Armenian representative Yeghish Kirakosyan heard a petition by Armenia as requested by Armenia to implement urgent interim measures to prevent Azerbaijan from violating an international convention to eliminate ethnic discrimination. was done.

Armenia wants the court to impose on Azerbaijan an order to release and bring back prisoners of war, and to stop hate speech aimed at Armenians.
Azerbaijan’s deputy foreign minister, Elnur Mamadov, said Armenia’s request “is flawed, and should be rejected.”

The case stems from long-standing animosity in last year’s war over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in which more than 6,600 people were killed. The region is within Azerbaijan, but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces supported by Armenia since the end of the separatist war in 1994.

Kirakosian said that Armenia was not asking the court to rule on the root causes of the war, but “attempts to stop and rectify the cycle of violence and hatred against ethnic Armenians.”

Azerbaijan has also filed a similar case accusing Armenia of discrimination against its citizens and urged the World Court to implement an interim measure. The hearing in the Azerbaijan case is set to begin next Monday. Decisions on both requests are likely to be issued in the coming weeks.

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Cases from both countries alleging violations of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination could take years to reach a conclusion in a court in The Hague.

Last year’s conflict came to an end when Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a Russia-broker cease-fire agreement, which gave Azerbaijan control over parts of Nagorno-Karabakh as well as territories occupied by Armenians.

Armenia says that more than 3,700 Armenians and Nagorno-Karabakh residents died in the war. Azerbaijan said it lost 2,900 people.

Kirakosian told the court that despite the deal that ended last year’s conflict, “Azerbaijan continues to promote and actively promote ethnic hatred against Armenians.”

They stated that Azerbaijan “captured, tortured and arbitrarily detained many members of the Armenian Armed Forces and citizens of ethnic Armenian origin” and “continues to destroy Armenian cultural heritage and religious sites or Armenian character, and denied economic control of the region.”

Azerbaijan’s lawyers said Baku has released most of the prisoners and those in custody have been convicted or are being tried on charges including murder, torture and espionage.

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