MP: This is first case which Azerbaijan files against Armenia in the European Court at the state level
- 08 February 2021
"An application has been submitted to the European Court of Human Rights by Azerbaijani government on Armenia's aggression against Azerbaijan. The application has been submitted by Azerbaijani Government, not Azerbaijani citizens, it is an interstate application and the first case against Armenia," member of Parliamentary Committee of Legal policy and state-building Kamal Jafarov told APA.
K. Jafarov considers that the main purpose here is to achieve to prove that relevant articles of the European Convention on Human Rights have been directly violated by Armenia: “I consider that although there are some difficulties we will reach the set goal. Firstly, it is our fight for truth and international justice. Secondly, such claims were raised against states in the experience of the European court of human rights and there are cases in favor of our application too. Finally, I should also note that many well-known and very professional lawyers from Azerbaijan participated in the preparation of the interstate application.”
According to K. Jafarov, issues of violation of the right of citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan to life, respect for personal and family life and freedom of religion, non-torture and ill-treatment, property and freedom of movement as a result of the occupation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and 7 surrounding regions by Armenia for about 30 years, as well as dismissing of 3890 servicemen of Azerbaijan and the evidence about which Armenia has not taken any measures in order to investigate the fate of those individuals, have been raised in the application: “Moreover, the application reflects the facts of violation of the rights of Azerbaijani citizens protected by the European Convention on Human Rights as a result of military provocation of the Armenian armed forces in the direction of Tovuz in July 2020. During the 44-day war, which resulted in the glorious victory of The Republic of Azerbaijan, the inhumane actions of the Armenian armed forces against civilians of our country, contrary to international humanitarian law, especially the Geneva Conventions, cassette and phosphorus shells of towns and villages long-range ballistic missile fire, killing 93 people, including 12 children and 28 women, injuring 423 people, including 51 children and 104 women, completely destroying 264 houses, including 10 apartment buildings in Ganja, 9,294 private homes and Violation of the European Convention on Human Rights are substantiated by providing evidence of damage to other property.”
The MP said that the application also states that the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan are deprived of the right to return to their homes due to the large-scale landmine planting in the occupied territories of Armenia, the destruction of our cities and villages, as well as the sending of illegal armed groups to our liberated territories after the act of capitulation on November 10, 2020.