ArmInfo. The actions of the Azerbaijani servicemen in Vorotan continue to violate the rights of the civilian population of Armenia and Iranian citizens who are legally in the Republic of Armenia, and entail criminal liability. This is stated in the report of the Ombudsman of Armenia, which presents the results of the work on collecting facts, committed during the visit to Syunik region .
In particular, the facts show that the Azerbaijani armed forces without any legal basis continue to stop trucks with Iranian license plates, which legally pass on this section of the interstate road of Armenia, for various checks. Amounts are illegally collected from drivers, other illegal demands are made. In addition, fences were installed near the police strongpoint on the road. Due to these illegal actions of the Azerbaijani armed forces, the movement of people and civilian transport on the Vorotan section of the road has significantly slowed down, which has caused more frequent traffic jams, which are becoming more and more intense. Traffic on the Kapan-Tatev road is similarly disrupted.
Due to queues and traffic jams at the Vorotan section, traffic has become one-way. The communication of the civilian population of the Republic of Armenia, including the availability of emergency medical services, has become seriously complicated. In addition, the labor rights of Iranian citizens are violated, as well as their right to conduct business. People suffer significant material damage.
With the help of cameras installed on the Vorotan section of the road, the Azerbaijani authorities continue to openly, without legal grounds, collect personal data of the civilian population of Armenia.
According to a study by the Office of the Ombudsman, representatives of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces carry out such illegal activities in the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia in masks, which is a gross violation of international human rights law, increases the risk of illegal actions and creates an environment of impunity. It is undeniable that the deployment of an Azerbaijani police base, as well as a similar policy of Azerbaijan, is aimed at creating tension and intimidating the civilian population of Armenia.
Lines of numerous trucks, traffic jams disrupted the normal and peaceful life of the civilian population of Vorotan, Goris region, and led to consequences that threaten the physical safety of people.
The Ombudsman will inform international organizations (UN, OSCE, CE, etc.) about the situation. To recall, in early September, the Azerbaijani side established a police post on the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia, blocking the M2 Yerevan-Kapan interstate road near the village of Vorotan, Goris region.