Azerbaijani Ombudsman's Office issues petition on mass graves in Khojavand

  02 March 2022    Read: 519
  Azerbaijani Ombudsman

The Azerbaijani Ombudsman's Office has issued a petition in connection with the mass grave revealed in Edilli village of the country's Khojavand district, AzVision.az reports citing the Ombudsman's Office.

According to the petition, the Azerbaijanis, detained and taken hostage by Armenia during the first Armenia-Azerbaijan Karabakh war, were severely tortured and killed while their bodies were massively buried.

Another mass grave was revealed in Edilli village of Khojavand district proceeding from the testimonies of witnesses and files collected by the working group of the Azerbaijan State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People.

There are the remains of 15-20 Azerbaijani civilians at a depth of three meters killed by the Armenian armed forces after they were taken, hostage. It is assumed that there are other mass graves in this village.

According to the petition, Armenia grossly violated the norms of international law and international humanitarian law, including the 1949 Geneva Conventions "On the Protection of Victims of War", including the Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War" and Additional Protocol (I) to the Geneva Conventions, 1977.

There is information about numerous mass graves in the Azerbaijani lands liberated from Armenia’s occupation, especially in Khojavand, Kalbajar, Aghdam, and Fuzuli districts and in the vicinity of Shusha city.

The discovery of mass graves during demining operations at these territories once again confirms the policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide by Armenia against Azerbaijanis, its war crimes committed against Azerbaijani civilians.

All these facts are the basis for bringing Armenia to the international legal responsibility.


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