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Official Yerevan responds to killings of Armenian POWs by Azerbaijani  troops

Official Yerevan responds to killings of Armenian POWs by Azerbaijani  troops

ArmInfo.Official Yerevan has responded to the killings of Armenian POWs by Azerbaijani troops. 

Armenia's foreign office issued the following statement: 

"Numerous videos regularly released by Azerbaijani users on social  media demonstrate the war crimes, extrajudicial killings of Armenian  prisoners of war, torture of Armenian servicemen, including women,  and desecration of corpses committed by the Azerbaijani armed forces.

"The Republic of Armenia demands a clear assessment of the appalling  war crimes committed by the Azerbaijani armed forces in this and  previous periods. We will consistently pursue to voice the issue in  relevant international platforms and courts and bring to justice the  perpetrators and organizers of the above- mentioned crimes, including  by the application of international sanctions. In this context, a due  international investigation is imperative.

At the same time, the international community is obliged to increase  pressure on Azerbaijan for the immediate repatriation of all Armenian  prisoners of war and civilians illegally held in Azerbaijan,  clarification of cases of enforced disappearances, and the fates of  the missing persons."

The Office of the RA Representative for International Legal Affairs  on October 3 will send statements to international courts concerning  the killings of Armenian POWs. According to an official report,  experts are examining the footage and the office will send statements  to the European Court and the U.N. International Court. 

Toivo Klaar, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the  crisis in Georgia, tweeted: 

"Another horrible video has emerged of Armenian prisoners of war  apparently being executed. If this video is proven to be authentic  then this is a war crime that needs to be investigated and the  perpetrators punished. 

"Today I have been sent several videos apparently showing war crimes  committed against Azerbaijanis.  Also these need to be investigated  and if authentic perpetrators need to be held responsible. The  conflict has left deep wounds on both sides and to heal  accountability is needed." The authenticity of the video showing the  execution of Armenian prisoners of war has been confirmed, Human  Rights Defender Kristinne Grigoryan said in a statement.

According to her, the video is new and was shot during a large-scale  attack by the Azerbaijani armed forces on the sovereign territory of  the Republic of Armenia on September 13.

"The fact is confirmed by the study of the terrain, comparison with  similar videos available in our and other databases, as well as the  complex combination of weather conditions, uniforms of servicemen,  conversation of Azerbaijani servicemen and other parameters," the  Defender said.

"This is yet another war crime committed by the Azerbaijani armed  forces based on the consistent policy of Armenophobia manifested in  the educational content, all spheres of public life and in the  statements of the President of the country. This is also recorded in  the recent report of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial  Discrimination concerning Azerbaijan," Grigoryan added,

This video will be included in the Ad Hoc Report of the Human Rights  Defender and sent to international organizations and actors.

"Today, the UN calendar celebrates the "International day of  Non-Violence." However, the inadequate response of structures with an  international human rights mandate to these war crimes,  unfortunately, carries the risk of filling such new days in the UN  calendar," the Ombudsperson said.  

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