September 23, 2023

President Joe Biden: Stop the Second Armenian Genocide

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by Uzay Bulut, Research Fellow

After besieging and starving 120,000 Armenians of the South Caucasus Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) since December 2022, Azerbaijan launched a large-scale military offensive against Artsakh on September 19, subjecting the capital Stepanakert and other cities and villages to intensive fire using heavy artillery and drones.

Civilians, including children, are being killed and others seriously wounded. Thousands of Armenians who fled their villages and towns due to the Azerbaijani bombardments have become homeless.

Entire villages are currently surrounded and isolated by Azerbaijani forces, which have cut off the electrical supply in those areas.

There is no international presence including journalists there, so it is not possible to confirm at this point if the residents of these villages are still alive. Many Armenians are warning that Azerbaijan has blocked access to those villages in order to hide the traces of the massacres and other crimes they are committing against the Armenian locals.

Given the current lack of electricity and internet connectivity, thousands of people cannot find their relatives and family members these areas.

The Office of the Human Rights Defender of Artsakh (OHRDA) announced last week that there have been a minimum of 200 fatalities (including Aznavour Saghyan, the Mayor of Martuni) and more than 400 wounded. OHRDA has launched a fact-finding mission to collect data on persons whose fate is unknown.