Member of the UK House of Lords, Baroness Caroline Cox has released a comprehensive report about her recent trip to Artsakh.
“We always say about the people of Nagorno Karabakh that they do not just survive; they create beauty from the ashes of destruction, Baroness Cox writes.
“Even during these darkest days of war, it has been humbling and inspiring to witness the ‘Spirit of Armenia’ rising like a Phoenix from the ashes of death and destruction, as the people share the love of their land, their history and their rich culture of music, dance and art. All this within the context of the breathtaking beauty of their land’s rugged mountains, thick forests, fertile valleys and crystal rivers,” she says.
Caroline Cox and representatives of her We visited Nagorno Karabakh to deliver aid to our partners at The Lady Cox Rehabilitation Centre. We also held meetings with refugees, human rights experts and the Presidents of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. While it was only possible to meet a limited number of people and therefore obtain limited evidence, the consistency of the information and the experiences of those whom we met is inherently disturbing.
Baroness Caroline Cox and representatives of her Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) fund visited Nagorno Karabakh to deliver aid to their partners at The Lady Cox Rehabilitation Centre. They held meetings with refugees, human rights experts and the Presidents of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh.
URGENT PRIORITIES RAISED IN THE REPORT:
Maltreatment of prisoners
Despite a ceasefire, reports of brutality against military and civilian prisoners continue to emerge, including torture and beheadings, with claims that the Red Cross is unable to visit many detainees.
Violations of international law
Azerbaijan, supported by Turkey, reportedly targeted civilians with tanks, helicopters, drones, heavy artillery, multiple-launch rocket systems, including Smerch, and cluster bombs – in breach of international humanitarian law and Geneva conventions.
According to a Genocide Emergency Alert issued in October 2020 by Genocide Watch, Azerbaijan had reached stage 9, ‘extermination’, and stage 10, ‘denial’ of the ten stages of the genocidal process.
War of Terror
The adoption of tactics of terror reflects a deep hatred of Armenians, stretching back over 100 years to the Armenian Genocide and is reinforced by an unprecedented rise in state-backed anti-Armenian rhetoric.
Neither Azerbaijan nor Turkey has been held to account for its actions, despite widespread evidence of atrocities and war crimes.
An estimated 100,000 refugees urgently need help with accommodation, food and medical care.
The Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh have sufficient evidence to claim the same right to independence as the people of Timor Leste, Eritrea and Kosovo, who were awarded self-determination for suffering comparable attempted ethnic cleansing.