Our visits to Meghri and Nrnadzor continued today.
During the discussions in Nrnadzor, it turned out that the
residents could not use almost 200 hectares of agricultural land in the village
due to a number of administrative and judicial processes. The Human Rights
Defender's Office will take the necessary measures in this regard. Moreover,
according to both the Mayor of Meghri and the residents of Nrnadzor, this issue
has become very urgent after the end of the wartime military hostilities.
As a result of the Human Rights Defender's meetings with the
residents of Nrnadzor, discussions with community bodies and field studies, it
was revealed that due to the approaches used to determine the state borders of
the Republic of Armenia (RA), there are lands in the village after the war (for
example, for private or economic purposes) which the residents of the region
have been deprived of the opportunity of their use, and which are of foremost
necessity to provide for and to sustain their livelihood.
Investigations by the Human Rights Defender's Office have also
revealed that threats to the right to life and safety of border residents,
their physical and mental inviolability, and other vital rights guaranteed by
the RA Constitution, have already been violated.
The Armenian authorities should make these issues directly
related to the determination of the state borders of the Republic of Armenia a
priority issue in order to ensure the unimpeded implementation of the rights of
the border settlements of our country, and in this case, specifically as it
relates to the residents of Nrnadzor. It is unacceptable that at present there
are no direct communications between the public administration bodies of the
Republic of Armenia and the referenced issues of the villagers.
For example, what should a person do if he has a certificate of
state registration of land ownership, but because the Azerbaijani military
directly targets him, the use of the land will endanger his life and his mental
health, or that of his family member, or that the use of such land has become
Moreover, these references are to such lands, for which the
certificates confirming the state registration of rights, including property
rights, were issued either by Soviet Armenia or by the competent bodies of different
periods of the Independent Republic of Armenia (Cadastre Committee, etc.).
During today's visit, important discussions took place with the
Mayor of Meghri, as well as with the personnel of the RA Armed Forces who are
carrying out their selfless heroic service.
During today's visits, the Human Rights Defender's Office also
obtained facts necessary for the protection of human rights in specific
situations, which in connection with, separate summaries will be made and the
necessary measures will be taken.