Azerbaijani ombudsman calls international organizations for uniting efforts against ethnic purge

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 25 / Trend J. Babayeva /

Azerbaijani ombudsman Elmira Suleymanova called international organizations for uniting efforts in fight against occupation and ethnic purge on June 25.

"This issue has great importance for Azerbaijan 20 percent of which was occupied by Armenia. Population was subjected to unprecedented ethnic purge and violence. Over 1 million of refuges and forcedly displaced people live in Azerbaijan in connection with territorial pretensions which are out of common principles," ombudsman said due to international day for victims of tortures.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and 7 districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Ombudsman stressed necessity in mutual fight against tortures and other inhuman form of treatment. "Impunity of criminals using tortures encourages for new crimes. We hope that international organizations and world community will take tougher position on this regards," Suleymanova said.

The statement will be delivered to UN secretary general, deputy secretary general, special representative of UN secretary general on children and armed conflicts, UN supreme commissioner on human rights, OSCE, Council of Europe, international and European institutes of ombudsmen, international peace bureau, universal peace federation, as well as different international organizations, Azerbaijani embassies abroad and foreign embassies in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani diasporas. 

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