December 5, 2022

Azerbaijan Is Torturing and Beheading Armenians

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by Uzay Bulut, Research Fellow

During the 44-day war of Azerbaijan against the Armenian Republic of Artsakh, (Nagorno-Karabakh) in the autumn of 2020, Azerbaijan committed many crimes against the Armenians.

These include the indiscriminate shelling of Artsakh, the torture and murder of civilians, and the deliberate destruction of Armenian patrimony, among others. The Azeri forces used cluster munitions against the civilian population of Artsakh and white phosphorus munitions in forestry regions.

Azerbaijan’s military strength was backed by Turkey and the Syrian jihadist mercenaries, who served as auxiliaries to the Azerbaijani army.

Two years following the November 2020 ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and signed by Armenia and Azerbaijan, the government of Azerbaijan still has not released all Armenian prisoners of war. These Armenians are illegally held in Azerbaijan and tried in sham Azeri courts. Many have been tortured and others even murdered with total disregard for international conventions.