ArmInfo. Argentine politicians, scientists, human rights defenders, journalists, cultural workers and various non-governmental organizations issued a statement in which they called on Azerbaijan to speed up the process of returning Armenian prisoners of war to their homeland.
As reported by the press service of the Armenian Embassy in Argentina, more than 100 individuals and organizations signed up for the application. In particular, the statement reads: "We, the undersigned organizations, institutions and individuals, express our solidarity with the struggle of the Armenian community of Argentina and join the demand for the immediate release and repatriation of Armenian prisoners of war held by the Azerbaijani government.
The behavior of the Azerbaijani authorities violates the 8th paragraph of the trilateral statement of November 9, 2020, signed by Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, which provides for the exchange of prisoners of war, hostages, other detainees and bodies, and this is in its turn is a violation of international humanitarian law.
The governments of Armenia and Artsakh, the highest authorities of Russia, UN human rights experts, the European Court of Human Rights, the UN Secretary General and statesmen and MPs from dozens of countries on five continents expressed their opinion on the immediate release of all Armenian prisoners of war held in Baku. This commitment is not only an integral part of the ceasefire, but also a necessary means of defusing tensions in order to mitigate the tragic consequences of war. "
To note, despite the undertaken obligations, Azerbaijan has been keeping several hundred Armenian prisoners of war and civilians for 6 months, refusing to return them under various pretexts. Moreover, Baku cynically declares that it returned to the Armenian side all prisoners and prisoners of war, and the rest are "terrorists". Yesterday, the RA representatives at the ECHR reported that the Azerbaijani military tortured and then killed 19 Armenian military and civilians, including 4 women.