statement of the Secretary General of the European Ombudsman Institute Mr.
Rights Have No Borders
European Ombudsman Institute is gravely concerned by the violence towards
civilian settlements along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.
European Ombudsman Institute guided exclusively by human rights principles
strongly urges both sides to protect peaceful settlements and to refrain
immediately from using fires and shelling towards civilian population, without
especially concerned by yesterday’s official statement of the Ministry of
Defense of Azerbaijan that they may launch missile attacks on the Metsamor
Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) of Armenia.
statement is a clear threat to civilians and it may cause a humanitarian
disaster. These kinds of statements undermine the international human rights
system. The international humanitarian law has absolute prohibition for this
kind of intimidation towards the civilian population.
rights are universal; they should be protected globally - whether Europe, Asia,
Americas or any other place in the world!
European Ombudsman Institute will continue closely following the situation for
human rights protection purposes.
of Ombudspersons with political decision-makers of their countries should have
continuous aims to protect civilian populations of both countries and to act in
the sense of executing human rights in this difficult situation.
Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan express special thanks to Mr. Josef Siegele for
his dedication to human rights values and for his efforts to protect civilian
populations of every country, regardless of any factor.