Artsakh’s Ombudsman briefs OSCE Chairman-in-Office on humanitarian situation in the Republic

On April 1, the Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Artsakh Gegham Stepanyan met in Yerevan with the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Zbigniew Rau.

Gegham Stepanyan referred to the current humanitarian situation in Artsakh, widespread violations of the rights of the people of Artsakh because of the anti-Armenian policy pursued by Azerbaijan, pointing out the problems caused by the deliberate disruption of gas supply and Azerbaijani military aggression in recent days.

The Ombudsman presented the coordinated, systematic, and consistent ethnic-cleansing policy conducted by Azerbaijan aimed at the deprivation of the homeland of the people of Artsakh, as well as the manifestations of destruction and vandalism of Armenian cultural heritage in the occupied territories, malicious trials of Armenian prisoners of war and civilian captives, other violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.

The Ombudsman expressed regret over the lack of a clear and targeted response of the OSCE to the violations of human rights and fundamental principles of international law, emphasizing that in the current situation the international community shall act not only as a mediator but also as a guarantor of the protection of the rights of the people of Artsakh.

Gegham Stepanyan noted that the recent developments demonstrated that the effective protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms of the people of Artsakh demands the soonest and most comprehensive settlement of the conflict and solution of the issue of the status of Artsakh based on the respect of the free will of its people and right to self-determination.

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