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Marianna Mkrtchyan

Artsakh Ombudsman: Baku`s policy of propagating hatred against  Armenians and encouraging massacres has a clear chronology

Artsakh Ombudsman: Baku`s policy of propagating hatred against  Armenians and encouraging massacres has a clear chronology

ArmInfo.32 years ago, on January 13-19, 1990 a systematic and mass massacre of the Armenian population was carried out in Baku with apparent permission and  support of the Azerbaijani authorities. This is stated in the  statement of the Artsakh Ombudsman's office. This is stated in the  statement of the Artsakh Ombudsman's office.  "Hundreds of Armenians  were killed, dispossessed and hundreds of thousands of Armenians  tortured during the week-long atrocities.

Armenian population of Baku and other cities were deported under the  direct threat of physical existence, and found refuge in Artsakh,  Armenia and other countries of the world without receiving  international status and support. Over the years, Armenian cultural  heritage in those areas was vandalized and desecrated, their  historical value and significance were distorted by the Azerbaijani  authorities being adapted to their political expediencies. 

The realization, encouragement and glorification of the Armenian  massacres by the Azerbaijani authorities and unfortunately by the  Azerbaijani society is systematic, large-scale and has a clear  chronology: in 1905 and 1918 - the massacres in Baku, February, 1988  - Sumgait and in November of the same year in Gandzak-Kirovabad,  1990s - again in Baku, Maragha, 2004 - the glorification of Ramil  Safarov who axed Gurgen Margaryan, the killings of civilians and the  torture of the Armenian military during April 2026 war, and  Azerbaijani-Turkish aggression of 2020, are undeniable evidence of  the systematic policy of Armenian massacres and its consequences.

Due to the poisoning of the society by the authorities for years,  intolerance, hatred against and murder of Armenians, vandalism  against Armenian cultural heritage and desecration of monuments in  Azerbaijan have become not only a state but a national policy. This  is a fact against which the urgency of taking measures is also  enshrined in the decision of the UN International Court of Justice. 

Under the false slogans of peace building in the region, Azerbaijani  authorities continue to commit widespread violations of the rights of  the Armenians of Artsakh creating an atmosphere of fear, despair,  disrupting normal life in Artsakh, isolating the people of Artsakh  from the world.  There is ample material documenting the crimes  committed by Azerbaijan against the Armenians, it only takes an  impartial and courageous eye to see it all and give a proper  assessment. 

Unfortunately, these crimes have not received a clear legal  assessment from the international community. This impunity is one of  the focal reasons why Azerbaijan allows itself grossly violate the  norms of international law, to speak with hatred about an entire  nation without any fear it may be held accountable. 

Guided by the most fundamental principle of the universality of human  rights, pursuing the unconditional observance of this principle and  restoration of justice, we will continue to demand the condemnation  of the crimes against Armenians and the prevention of new crimes,"  noted in a statement by the Ombudsman's office.


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