Azerbaijani ombudsperson urges world community to take decisive steps to bring Armenia to international legal responsibility
Azerbaijan’s Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsperson) Sabina Aliyeva on Tuesday made an appeal to the international community regarding the 30th anniversary of the Bashlibel massacre, News.Az reports.
“Today, 30 years have passed since the massacre carried out in Bashlibel village of Kalbajar district in April 1993 as a continuation of the genocide policy pursued by Armenia based on its intense hatred against Azerbaijan throughout history,” the statement reads.
“As a result of this bloody genocide against mankind, the village population, including children, women, persons with disabilities, and the elderly, were subjected to various severe tortures and slaughtered; some were even burned alive. In addition, there were hostages among the villagers, and to date, there is no information about the fate of those people who are reported missing. However, the entire infrastructure of Bashlibel, one of the oldest and largest villages of Kalbajar district, including its historical, cultural, and religious objects, was completely destroyed during the occupation period,” says the statement.
Ombudsperson Aliyeva noted that after discovering the location of 62 civilians who had to take shelter in a cave to save their lives during the occupation of Bashlibel village, they were subjected to an armed attack by Armenia and became victims of the crime of genocide.
“The liberation of Kalbajar district from occupation created an opportunity to discover the burial place of those people who were mercilessly killed by the Armenian armed forces; their remains were exhumed, and afterwards, their identities were determined and they were buried separately,” she added.
The human rights commissioner stressed that it is regrettable that such a large number of war crimes, crimes against humanity to which peaceful Azerbaijanis were subjected by Armenia, and acts of vandalism against the historical and cultural heritage of our nation have not yet received a legal assessment at the international level.
Ombudsperson Aliyeva once again called on the world community and demand that decisive steps be taken immediately to bring Armenia, which is guilty of gross violation of fundamental human rights by committing numerous criminal acts against peaceful Azerbaijanis, including the Bashlibel massacre, to international legal responsibility.
The appeal has been submitted to the heads of the UN Secretary-General, UN Security Council, UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Office of High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Human Rights Council, UNICEF, UNESCO, European Union, Council of Europe, OSCE, International and European Ombudsman Institutions, Asian Ombudsman Association, Association of Ombudsmen and National Human Rights Institutions of Turkic States, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Ombudsman Association of its member states, Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, European Network of Ombudspersons for Children, International Peace Bureau, ombudsmen and national human rights institutions of different countries, embassies of the Republic of Azerbaijan in foreign countries and the foreign embassies in Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani Diasporas, as well as to various religious communities and confessions.