Evidence shows murder and torture of Armenian prisoners of war and civilians by Azerbaijani armed forces

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YEREVAN, November 26. /ARKA/. Armenian prosecutors have obtained objective evidence of the murder and torture of Armenian prisoners of war and civilians captured by the Azerbaijani armed forces, as well as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of them, the press service of the Armenian Prosecutor General’s Office said.

It said as a result of the investigative and other procedural measures taken to verify publications on social networks and the media, sufficient evidence was obtained proving that during the military conflict, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan committed gross violations of a number of international humanitarian laws.

In particular, the Azerbaijani side violated the provisions of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949, concerning the protection of victims of international armed conflicts, and Customary International Humanitarian Law.

In particular, on October 16, 2020, the servicemen of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan used the phone of a prisoner of war N.B. to call his relative and say they were going to behead the prisoner and place a photo on the Internet. A few hours later, the relative saw the photo of the killed prisoner of war on his page on the social network.

During the hostilities, the servicemen of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces transported a resident of the city of Hadrut M.M. against his will to Azerbaijan, where, subjecting him to inhuman treatment and torture, killed him.

On various pages on the Internet there are many videos showing how a man in military uniform and with the flag of Azerbaijan on his shoulders shot the wounded prisoner of war A.M. On another video the servicemen of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces cut off the head of an Armenian prisoner of war and put it on an animal.

In another video they shot a prisoner’s head, ridicule him, striking him on the head, cut off the ears of the prisoner and a civilian, presenting the latter as an Armenian spy. They mocked three Armenian prisoners of war, forcing them to applaud themselves on their knees. Also, Azerbaijani soldiers captured Armenian soldiers, one of whom was kicked and forced to kiss the Azerbaijani flag.

On the morning of October 16, a group of servicemen of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces broke into the apartment of a resident of Hadrut Zh.B. and, using violence against the woman and dragging her by the hands, put her in a car against her will and took her to Baku. After 12 days of violent detention on October 28, she was extradited to Armenia through the mediation of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

According to the video on the Hraparak.am website, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces beat 3 prisoners of war.
The evaluation of this evidence proves that the responsible officials of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces committed grave crimes against numerous Armenian servicemen driven by ethnic hatred.

The Office of Prosecutor General of the Republic of Armenia is taking measures to inform the international partners of the facts of atrocities committed against wounded Armenian prisoners of war and civilians in the Republic of Azerbaijan to press for their criminal prosecution and conviction, as well as to create additional guarantees for the protection of victims.

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