Azerbaijani Ombudsman appeals to int'l community on anniversary of genocide in Bashlibel village (UPDATE)

Politics Materials 18 April 2023 11:54 (UTC +04:00)

First version updated at 11:07

BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 18. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the genocide committed in April 1993 in the village of Bashlibel in Azerbaijan's Kalbajar district, which is the continuation of the policy of genocide carried out by Armenia on the grounds of intense hatred towards Azerbaijan, Sabina Aliyeva, Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of Azerbaijan said in an appeal, the Ombudmsan's Office told Trend.

"As a result of this bloody crime of genocide against humanity, the rural population, including children, women, the disabled, and the elderly, was massively killed under cruel torture, as well as burned alive. Some villagers were taken hostage, and they are still considered missing. Once again addressing the world community, we demand to take decisive steps to bring Armenia to international legal responsibility that is guilty of gross violation of fundamental human rights and committed numerous crimes against peaceful Azerbaijanis, including the massacre in Bashlibel" the appeal says..