“Armenia filed a case at the International Court of Justice accusing Azerbaijan of violating international conventions aimed at eliminating racial discrimination,” the UN tribunal announced.
“Armenia alleges that as a result of what it calls its state-sponsored policy of Armenian hate, the Armenian people have been subjected to systemic discrimination, mass killings, torture and other abuses,” the court said. AP, Saturday (18/9/2021).
The center of the case is the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan which has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by the Armenian government for more than a quarter of a century.
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During the Soviet era, the Armenian majority region had autonomous status in Azerbaijan. Long-simmering tensions between Armenian Christians and mostly Azeri Muslims came to a head when the Soviet Union collapsed. Conflict broke out in 1988 when the region tried to join Armenia, and escalated into war after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, leaving about 30,000 people dead and about 1 million displaced.
Fighting that erupted again a year ago killed hundreds of people, making it the biggest flare-up in the conflict since 1994.
Armenia alleges that Azerbaijanis committed grave violations of the racial discrimination convention during last year’s fighting, even after a Russia-brokered ceasefire took effect on November 10.
“Azerbaijan continues to be involved in the killing, torture and other abuse of Armenian prisoners of war, hostages and other detained persons,” according to the court.
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