The European Court of Human Rights. Photo: REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

25 October 2021, 11:16

Armenian rights defenders urge ECtHR to help clarify POWs' fate

The Washington-based "Armenian Legal Centre for Justice and Human Rights" has filed 16 lawsuits with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) about the forced disappearance of 20 Armenian prisoners of war (POWs) in Azerbaijan, urging to oblige Azerbaijan to investigate the disappearances of these people.

In cooperation with the Yerevan-based "Centre for International and Comparative Law", proofs have been collected and presented that these 20 military servicemen were captured during the 44-day war in 2020, but then there was no information about them.

The above Washington Centre asserts that Azerbaijan has information about these people, but still has not recognized the fact of their captivity and failed to transfer any information about them to their relatives.

Besides, according to the message, both above Centres have filed two new claims concerning the murder of 10 Armenian militaries. "These 10 Armenian servicemen were taken POWs, severely tortured and killed. Nine of them were executed already after signing the trilateral agreement on Karabakh," the Centres have stated.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 24, 2021 at 02:55 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Armine Martirosyan Source: CK correspondent

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