Judgment on case "Chiragov and others v. Armenia" as triumph of justice

Judgment on case "Chiragov and others v. Armenia" as triumph of justice

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 9

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British MPs regarded the judgment of Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on the case "Chiragov and others v. Armenia" as the triumph of justice.

Along with the approval of the violation of three special articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Court also rejected the appeal of the government of Armenia, which claims that it has no effective control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts.

The Court also came to the conclusion that Armenia is responsible for this conflict as it was launched and waged by the regime members, who are currently in power.

British MP Stephen Hepburn in request to the European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) said the Armenian government should benefit from the opportunities created by this judgment and admit its role in the occupation of Azerbaijani territories.

"Armenia should also start serious negotiations in order to achieve a diplomatic breakthrough after 20 years of stagnation," the MP added.

"The conflict is occupation of Azerbaijan's sovereign territory by Armenia," Baroness Zahida Manzoor said. "There is a need to demonstrate honest approach to negotiations for finding a peaceful solution to the conflict and finally make a progress."

On 16 June 2015, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights announced its judgment (Merits) on the case of Chiragov and others v. Armenia (Application no. 13216/05).
The case originated in an application against the Republic of Armenia lodged with the Court on 6 April 2005 by six Azerbaijani nationals forcibly displaced from the occupied Lachin district of Azerbaijan during the Armenian aggression.

Accordingly, the conclusion must be that due to its initial and continuing aggression against Azerbaijan and military occupation of its internationally recognized territory (Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding areas), expulsion of hundreds of thousands of the citizens of Azerbaijan from the occupied territory and the denial of their return to their homes and access to their property in those areas, the Republic of Armenia bears full international responsibility for the breaches of international law that have occurred and continue to occur, the statement said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries 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.

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