Today we completed the
analysis of 297 videos and photos of the Azerbaijani atrocities against
Armenian servicemen and civilians, and the destruction of Armenian historical,
cultural and religious heritage
Those videos and photos
specifically refer to (addition: more than one video or a photo can refer to
the same person or monument)
98 of the materials refer to the torture and
humiliation of the dignity of the captives while alive,
17, to the beheadings and murders
32, to the insult to the bodies of the
victims, and amputations of body parts (for example, cutting of the hand or ear).
54, to the managing the social network pages
of captives, including the spread of hatred and the distribution of a photo of
a beheaded soldier on his page.
49, to the use of prohibited weapons of mass
destruction against civilian settlements and forested areas of Artsakh,
including those containing chemical elements.
26, to the destruction and vandalism of
Armenian historical, cultural and religious heritage, including monuments and
12, to websites and social network pages
(Telegram, Instagram, etc.), which spread hatred, inflamed hostility, as well
as videos or photos of Azerbaijani atrocities against the Armenian captives,
9, to the Involvement or participation of
mercenaries in the war.
The videos have been
translated into English, and at this stage, some of them already into Russian. In
almost all of the videos, identifications are made of the persons alive or dead.
The authenticity of all videos and photos is confirmed by the official logo of
the Human Rights Defender of Armenia.
The study of the collected
videos and photos demonstrates that the torture, cruelty and inhuman treatment
by the Azerbaijani armed forces of the Armenian captives were motivated by ethnic
hatred. In other words, they were committed only because the victims were
The Armenian historical, cultural
and religious heritage, including the monuments and the churches, were
destroyed and vandalized based on the same principle.
The Azerbaijani authorities
must understand that they will not go unpunished for the above-mentioned gross
human rights violations, war crimes, the coordinated propaganda of Armenophobia and the genocidal policies.
The Studies by the Human
Rights Defender of Armenia and the results of the investigation of the
complaints continuously confirm that the Azerbaijani authorities, in gross
violation of international humanitarian law and human rights requirements, are protracting
the release and return of Armenian captives to the homeland, and are deliberately
not disclosing the real number of captives.
By this policy they are not
only violating the rights of the captives of the Armenian side illegally
detained in Azerbaijan, but also it is causing mental suffering to them and to the
families of the missing persons, with the intention of contributing to the
increase of tensions in the Armenian society.
All the mentioned videos and
photos will be sent to the relevant international organizations, as well as to
the state bodies of Armenia with the necessary descriptions.
The Office of the Human
Rights Defender of Armenia continues to collect and investigate evidences of