ArmInfo. The Office of the Ombudsman of Armenia completed the analysis of 297 video materials and photographs about the atrocities of the Azerbaijani side against Armenian military personnel and civilians, the destruction and outrage of the Armenian historical, cultural and religious heritage. Ombudsman of Armenia Arman Tatoyan announced this.
At the same time, he informed that these videos and photographs, where the same person can appear in more than one video or photo, in particular, relate to: 98 - torture and humiliation of the dignity of prisoners; 17 - beheadings and murders; 32 - desecration of the bodies of the dead and dismemberment of body parts (for example, cutting off a hand or ear); 54 - managing the pages of prisoners' social networks, including spreading hatred and distributing photos of the beheaded soldier on the latter page; 49 - the use of weapons of mass destruction, prohibited types of weapons against civilian settlements and forest areas of Artsakh, including weapons containing chemical elements; 26 - destruction and vandalism of the Armenian historical, cultural and religious heritage, including monuments and churches; 12 - pages of those sites and social networks (Telegram, Instagram, etc.), which disseminated videos or photographs of the cruelty of the Azerbaijani side against the captives of the Armenian side, inciting hatred and enmity; 9 - participation in the war of hired terrorists. The video recordings have been translated into English, and some of them, at this stage, have already been translated into Russian.
"Almost all living people and the dead have been identified. The reliability of all video materials and photographs is confirmed by the official logo of the RA human rights defender.
The study of the collected video materials and photographs shows that the torture and cruelty of the Azerbaijani armed forces against the captives of the Armenian side, inhuman treatment were committed on the basis of ethnic hatred. That is, they were committed only because the victims were Armenians, "the Ombudsman of Armenia stated.
At the same time, Tatoyan added that according to the same principle, the Armenian historical, cultural and religious heritage, including monuments and churches, was destroyed and vandalized.
"The Azerbaijani authorities must understand that they will not remain unpunished for the indicated gross violations of human rights, war crimes, systematic propaganda of Armenophobia and genocidal policy.
The studies of the Armenian human rights defender and the results of the consideration of complaints constantly confirm that the Azerbaijani authorities, in gross violation of the requirements of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, are delaying the release and return of the Armenian prisoners to their homeland, deliberately do not report the real number of prisoners, " Tatoyan noted.
According to the RA human rights defender, by this policy they trample not only the rights of the Armenian prisoners of war illegally held in Azerbaijan, but also inflict mental suffering on them and the families of those who are considered missing, deliberately contributing to tension in the Armenian society. "All the above video materials and photographs will be sent to the relevant international structures, as well as the state bodies of Armenia with the necessary explanations. The Office of the Ombudsman of Armenia continues to collect and study evidence of Azerbaijani atrocities," he concluded. To note, despite the undertaken obligations, Azerbaijan has been keeping several hundred Armenian prisoners 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.