Yerevan applied to the ECtHR because of the arrest of a resident of Karabakh by Azerbaijan in the Lachin corridor


Здание Европейского суда по правам человека (ЕСПЧ) -  1920, 30.07.2023

The Armenian side appealed to the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the detention of a resident of Karabakh by Azerbaijani border guards in the Lachin corridor, the office of the Armenian representative on international legal issues reported.

Earlier, the Armenian Foreign Ministry reported that a 68-year-old patient, who, accompanied by employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross, was taken from Nagorno-Karabakh for treatment to Armenia, was detained by the Azerbaijani border service at a checkpoint. The Armenian Foreign Ministry stated that the detention of a person who is under the protection of international humanitarian law and the International Committee of the Red Cross is a violation of international law and a war crime.

“In connection with the protection of the rights of Vagif Khachatryan, an application has been filed with the European Court of Human Rights demanding the application of an interim measure against Azerbaijan,” the message posted on the office’s social media page says.

On April 23, 2023, Azerbaijani border guards set up a checkpoint on the border with Armenia – it appeared at the beginning of the road in the Lachin corridor that leads to Stepanakert. The checkpoint is located on a new highway built after the 2020 ceasefire to bypass Lachin – at the bridge over the Khakari River, 16 kilometers east of the village of Tekh in the Syunik region of Armenia. Near the object there is an observation post of the Russian peacekeeping contingent.

Earlier, since December 2022, the same road was blocked by Azerbaijani environmental activists – according to them, the action became an expression of protest against the illegal exploitation of mineral deposits in Karabakh. The appearance of the checkpoint in Baku was explained by the unlawful use of the road to Stepanakert by the Armenian side and security threats. The Armenian Foreign Ministry called the establishment of the checkpoint a gross violation of the tripartite statement of the leaders of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan in 2020. In response, Baku called the establishment of a checkpoint a legitimate step.

At the end of September 2020, hostilities resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh, which became a continuation of a long-term conflict. The parties made several attempts to conclude a truce, but the tripartite agreement reached on the night of November 10 was successful. With the mediation of Moscow, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to completely cease fire, remaining in their positions, and to exchange prisoners and the bodies of the dead.

In addition, the Kelbajar and Lachin regions, as well as part of the Aghdam region, which were previously under the control of the NKR and were not occupied by the Azerbaijani army during the hostilities, crossed Baku. Russian peacekeepers have been stationed in the region, including the Lachin corridor.

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