During the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, on March
8, 2021, the video message of the Republic of Armenia (RA) Human Rights Defender
was published and broadcast in a special format.
Only national human rights institutions with an international
"A" status have such an opportunity.
Prior to the video message, a more extensive written report of
the Human Rights Defender was submitted to the Council.
Both in the video message and in the written report refer to the
atrocities during the 2020 September-November war, setting forth the
Azerbaijani armed forces torture and ill-treatment of Armenian servicemen and
civilians. In addition, references are made to Azeri servicemen’s use of the
same words and utterances in videos depicting such tortures and ill-treatment
as those made in official Azeri speeches.
Ethnically motivated crimes against Armenians are encouraged by
the Azerbaijani authorities and thus fact has been confirmed by ECHR judgments.
The video message and written report specifically emphasize the
Azerbaijani authorities' artificial delay of the release and return of
prisoners as well as servicemen and civilians, despite the unequivocal
requirements of international humanitarian law, which causes mental anguish to
the families of the illegally held prisoners, and inflicts deep emotional pain
to Armenian society.
This particular session was dedicated to the discussion with the
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.