ArmInfo.Today, on October 14, the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague, began hearings within the framework of the claim for violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, filed by Armenia against Azerbaijan. October 19 - with a similar demand of Azerbaijan, concerning Armenia.
Earlier it was reported that the Republic of Armenia filed a lawsuit with the UN International Court of Justice, accusing Azerbaijan of violating the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). According to a report by an international court, in a statement, the Armenian side claims that for decades Azerbaijan has subjected the Armenian people to racial discrimination, and that as a result of the state-sponsored hate policy towards Armenians, the latter have been subjected to mass killings, torture and other crimes. In addition, the statement says that these violations came to the fore again in the course of the conflict initiated by the Azerbaijani side in September 2020, which once again grossly violated the Convention (CERD). The purpose of the lawsuit is to protect the rights of Armenia and Armenians from further infringements, as well as to prevent the aggravation of disagreements. As a result, Armenia demanded that the UN International Court of Justice introduce temporary measures against Azerbaijan, marking this as a matter of extreme urgency. Reacting to this information, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, represented by the head of the press service department Leyla Abdullayeva, told reporters that "in addition to the lawsuit filed by Azerbaijan against Armenia in the European Court of Human Rights in January this year, Azerbaijan will go to court in the coming days to hold Armenia accountable for the systematic violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) ". She noted that "after the cessation of the illegal occupation of the Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, the facts of gross violations of human rights against Azerbaijanis were carefully collected and documented." "This includes cases of forced expulsion, ill-treatment, torture, and murder of Azerbaijanis because of their ethnicity," she said, adding that "after the signing of the trilateral statement, Armenia continued to violate ICERD, preventing the return of Azerbaijani displaced persons by mining the former occupied territories and refusing to provide Azerbaijan with maps of mined areas. "
Today, Armenia's Permanent Representative to the European Court of Human Rights Yeghishe Kirakosyan, presenting Armenia's claim against Azerbaijan, accused Baku of carrying out ethnic cleansing and inciting ethnic hatred. "With this lawsuit, Armenia seeks to prevent and receive compensation for the regular violence and manifestation of hatred against Armenians. With a petition for taking urgent measures, Armenia is trying to protect the rights of ethnic Armenians from irreparable damage," he said, adding that the lawsuit and the petition for urgent measures are based on International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which Azerbaijan continues to violate. He stressed that to this day, Baku continues to consider the prisoners as criminals, claiming that they ended up on the territory of Azerbaijan as saboteurs, after the conclusion of a ceasefire agreement. He pointed to the so-called "war trophy park" in Baku, as the embodiment of the ideology of hatred towards Armenians, and the fact that, despite assurances of readiness for peace, Azerbaijan continues to apply cruelty to prisoners of war and civilians, as well as to implement a policy of extermination or falsification of historical and cultural monuments located on the territory controlled by Baku.