Group of Azerbaijani journalists sue Armenia in European Court
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan 11 /Trend/
A group of Azerbaijani journalists, who have been displaced due to Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani territories, will sue Armenia in the European Court of Human Rights.
As a reason, journalists Khalid Asif oglu Kazimli, Khalid Waheed oglu Kazimov, Etibar Seidaga, Seymur Verdizade, Mahabbat Orujov, Aynur Elgyunesh, Sevil Hilalgyzy and Samir Kazimli bring the fact that due to occupation of Karabakh regions outside the Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous republic, their rights were rights to property, residence, education, etc. were violated. The journalists also claim that they had suffered material and moral damage, according to the statement, received on Wednesday at Trend.
"We will send a formal complaint to the European Court in the coming days," the information stated.
The lawsuit asks the court to confirm the violation of their rights by Armenia, as well as to confirm that Armenia is the aggressor. Furthermore, Armenia be will required to pay compensation.
The statement of claim is based on the Article 1 of the protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (the peaceful enjoyment of possessions), Article 8 (right to respect private and family life), Article 13 (right to an effective remedy) and other articles. The plaintiffs also pointed out that they were subject to discrimination (Article 14).
The director of the Media Rights Institute Rashid Hajili works on execution of the journalist's complaint.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.