“There is no greater sorrow on earth than the loss of one’s native land” stated Euripides thousands years ago. There is a very deep meaning in this expression, as anyone who faced displacement, faced pain, loss, deprivation and sometimes incomprehension.  

On October 22 The International Conference for “Restoration of violated rights of Azerbaijani refugees and internally displaced persons as a result of occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia” was held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Some of the dignitaries present at the conference includes project manager Mr. Mammadov, who during the visit to Denmark made meetings with a member of the Danish Parliament Mrs. Yildiz Akdogan and with a previous call parliament member and present member of Aarhus Municipality Mr. Huseyin Arac and other public figures and informed them in detail about the issue.

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The project is executed by a member of the Board of “Azerbaijan New Generation Lawyers Association” Public Union Mr. Ayaz Mammadov. Financial support of the project was carried out by the Council of State Support to NGOs under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

It should be noted that the event was held within the cooperation with the “Denmark Azerbaijan Vatan” Society, which operating in Denmark.

In the event the information about Azerbaijan and about the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia who occupied Azerbaijani lands since 1994 was introduced to the participants.

As from 1991 till 1994 Armenians, appeared in Nagorno-Karabakh in 19th century, backed by Russian arms occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven other districts. As a result of occupation Azerbaijan was faced with approximately 1 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were forced to flee for their lives. During the conflict twenty thousand people were killed; more than fifty thousand were wounded and became invalid; more than six thousand citizens of Azerbaijan were lost and taken as hostage. About one million people living as refugees and IDPs for nearly 25 years have become victims of ethnic cleansing and genocide policy of Armenia against the Azerbaijanis and have been deprived of elementary human rights.

Armenia for many years has been infringing the Personal, Civil, Social, Property, Economic, Cultural, Political and other human rights of Azerbaijanis expressed in numerous international treaties and covenants, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and so on.

The question was raised that if Azerbaijan had occupied Armenia’s territories, would the international community treat Azerbaijan in the same way as it now does Armenia? It must be noticed that it is unjust to make no difference between the aggressor, which is Armenia, and Azerbaijan, who is the victim of aggression. Such an attitude leads to the erosion of the confidence and trust of the Azerbaijani public in the international, especially European community.

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It must be noticed that recently the European Court of Human Rights has reaffirmed Armenia’s responsibility in the occupation of Azerbaijani territories and violation of human rights. The ECHR Grand Chamber announced its judgment (Merits) on the case of Chiragov and others v. Armenia (Application no. 13216/05) on June 2016.

The court ruled in favor of the applicants, recognizing Armenia’s continuing violations of a number of their rights under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, namely, those relating to the protection of property (Article 1 of Protocol No. 1), the right to respect for private and family life (Article 8 of the Convention) and the right to an effective remedy (Article 13 of the Convention).

Thus, in order to force Armenia to withdraw from occupied Azerbaijani territories and to stop mass violation of Human Rights the International Community must impose Sanctions on Armenia.

The mission of the project is to deliver the justified position of Azerbaijan who wants to settle this issue by peace! In order to solve this problem peacefully International and European communities have to help and make efforts!

 

Story by DenmarkNews.dk Editorial Team