The Human Rights Defender of Armenia considers absolutely condemnable the politicization of the issue of humanitarian and human rights prisoners or even remotely linking it to any territorial issue or the obvious attempts of the Azerbaijani authorities to use it for political purposes. The RA Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan made a statement, listing point by point his approaches to the issue.
«1. All Armenian servicemen captured by the Azerbaijani military must be released and returned to Armenia. This must be done immediately and without any preconditions.
- It is absolutely unacceptable that point 8 of the tripartite declaration of 10 November 2020 does not specify a date for the exchange or return of prisoners of war or other detainees.
But this does not mean that the Azerbaijani authorities are constantly violating international human rights requirements and humanitarian agreements. The return of the captives is artificially delayed, their real number does not appear and even attempts are made to present less than the real number, during which the torture and inhuman treatment of them continued, the purposeful publication of videos testifying to that, the exchange of bodies of the victims is hindered.
I have already stated that all this causes mental suffering to the families of the captives, plays with the emotions of the Armenian society and causes tension in our country, it is done on purpose.
These findings are based on the findings of complaints addressed to the Human Rights Defender, as well as the results of round-the-clock monitoring.
- The statements of the Azerbaijani authorities that our compatriots in captivity are not prisoners of war, but terrorists and have been arrested, grossly violate the post-war humanitarian process and international human rights requirements.
These statements are in direct contradiction with the requirement of point 8 of the trilateral statement of November 10, 2020.
They are captives by status end.