The International Court of Justice today indicated the following provisional measures to Azerbaijan:
According to the Court, the Republic of Azerbaijan shall in accordance with its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination:
- Ensure that persons that have left Nagorno Karabakh after 19 September, 2023 and wish to return to Nagorno Karabakh, are able to do it in a safe, unimpeded and expeditious manner.
- Ensure that persons who remained in Nagorno Karabakh after September 23 and wish to depart are able to do so in a safe, unimpeded and expeditious manner.
- Ensure that persons that remained in Nagorno Karabakh after 19 September 2023 or returned to Nagorno Karabakh and wish to stay are free from use of force or intimidation that may cause them to flee.
The Republic of Azerbaijan shall in accordance with its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination protect and preserve registration, identity and private property documents and records and have due regard to such documents and records in its administrative and legislative practices.
The Republic of Azerbaijan shall submit a report to the Court on the steps taken to give effect to the provisional measures indicated and to the undertakings made by the Agent of the Republic of Azerbaijan, on behalf of his Government, at the public hearing that took place on the afternoon of 12 October 2023, within eight weeks, as from the date of this Order.