Reports on presence of mercenaries in Azerbaijan worrisome – Armenia’s Human Rights Defender

Turkey deployed mercenaries from northern part of Syria to Azerbaijan to use them against Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) and Armenia, according to regularly reported information in international media, Armenia’s Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan has said.

It’s about 3,000-4,000 mercenaries, who are hired to participate in war activities against Artsakh and Armenia for 1,500-2,000 USD, according to the mentioned media sources, he said.

This information has been regularly confirmed by international media, some foreign human rights organizations. The information has been also confirmed by some Artsakh sources.

“This new is exceptionally worrying; it may bring to humanitarian catastrophe accompanied not only by human losses, but also severities and destructions,” the Ombudsman said.

He also noted that the air and artillery attacks launched by Azerbaijan from September 27 are accompanied by massive hate speech and aggressive calls for violence, including killing, towards ethnic Armenians, the population of Artsakh and Armenia.

“Apart from this, indiscriminate attacks against Artsakh and Armenia target civilian roads, gas pipelines, means of communication, etc., that are vital for peaceful population. All these elements are parts of one single chain,” Arman Tatoyan said.

“It is terrifying to imagine severity of crimes against humanity and war crimes that may be committed in these conditions,” he added.

he reminded that the UN Human Rights Council by its 42/9 resolution of 26 September 2019 has strongly condemned the use of mercenaries to impede the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination, considering mercenaries’ activities crimes and threat to security, peace and human rights.

Therefore, he says, the international community and especially human rights organizations must react immediately.

“Everything should be done to prevent today’s war activities through real steps rather formal calls. The International community and especially human rights organizations have no right to ignore this exceptionally worrying information by hiding under “political” reasons and exonerating this ignorance by “incapability” of their own mandates,” Arman Tatoyan stated.

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