Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.26
By Anakhanum Hidayatova - Trend:
Moldovan parliamentary advocate Aurelia Grigoriu said she is ready to raise the issue of defending the rights of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev, Azerbaijanis, illegally convicted by the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh.
"I'm ready to raise this issue among European human rights activists, but I need basic data," she told Trend, adding that the world doesn't react to this issue since there's lack of sufficient facts on the issue.
Moldovan parliamentary advocate said the trial of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev and their "conviction" by the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh, is illegitimate.
Regarding the double standards in the world with respect to the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Grigoriu said that political priorities also play a significant role in assessing the human rights' violations.
"How else one can regard Russian authorities' inaction with respect to the verdict on the illegitimate court against the Russian citizen who is one of the convicted," Grigoriu said, speaking of Dilgam Asgarov, an ethnic Azerbaijani, and a Russian citizen.
Earlier, speaking about Dilgam Asgarov's fate during a traditional press conference on Jan.21, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia will discuss this issue with Armenia.
During an operation in the Shaplar village of Azerbaijan's occupied Kalbajar district on July 11, Armenian forces killed an Azerbaijani, Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis, Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov. A criminal case was filed against them.
Earlier, "the court" sentenced Asgarov to life imprisonment and Guliyev - to 22 years in prison.
The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by SI