‘A dead soldier beheaded in front of his fellow-soldier, and the latter beheaded alive’: Armenian lawyers’ report on April War

‘A dead soldier beheaded in front of his fellow-soldier, and the latter beheaded alive’: Armenian lawyers’ report on April War

The expert group of the Chamber of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia have presented a report on international law violations by Azerbaijan which encompasses also facts on military operations of April of the previous year. Particularly, as stated within the report, totally 31 persons or bodies have appeared under the control of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces at that time, 26 of which have been subject to war crimes by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.

“All people appeared under the control of Azerbaijani Armed Forces have been murdered, some of them have been tortured and the corpses have been dishonored. These are international crimes”, reported Ara Khzmalyan, one of the authors of the analysis.

It is stipulated in the report that the mentioned operations were deliberately organized: in Talish 3 citizens have been murdered and subject to body dishonor and the elderly woman has been also tortured, which is confirmed by the expert. “Tortures have been conditioned by race which is an international crime as well”, noted Ara Khzmalyan. Besides, two cases of beheading are in place, one of them already dead. The beheading has been implemented in front of the soldier who managed to remain alive.

Khzmalyan informed that separate complaints are present in European Court of Human Rights relative to the mentioned facts, however, inter-state legal procedure is not still being initiated: “That platform is a combination of legal and political fields. We do not speak of legal procedure solely, but a long-term policy, within the frameworks of which one may speak of initiating a legal procedure, if the circumstances create favorable conditions.”

Luiza SUKIASYAN         

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  1. Diran Harmandayan says:

    This and similar issues should be followed to the end in case we intent to win the war against inhuman racists.

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