Memorandum of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh on the issue of missing persons in the context of the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict (November 12, 2018)
Published on December 11, 2018 on the web site of UN as a Letter (dated 4 December 2018) from the Permanent Representative of Armenia to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
During active hostilities, violations by Azerbaijan of international humanitarian law relating to the treatment of prisoners of war and civilians have become egregious. There are many well-documented facts about the torture of Armenian hostages and prisoners of war by the Azerbaijani side during the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict and after the signing of the 1994 ceasefire agreement (burning people alive, sexual violence, beating, public humiliation, setting in dogs and electric shocks).
Azerbaijan has repeatedly violated and continues to systematically violate its obligations under the norms of international humanitarian law and the agreements achieved in the framework of the negotiation process.
Azerbaijan is obviously pursuing a hidden agenda. In particular, the Azerbaijani side is trying to manipulate the issue of prisoners of war and missing persons with a view to justifying crimes, committed by citizens of Azerbaijan Dilham Askerov and Shahbaz Guliyev, in the territory of the Republic of Artsakh. This campaign is part of a state policy of incitement of Armenophobia in Azerbaijan and promotion of hate crimes against Armenians that has penetrated all spheres of public life. The existence of racism and xenophobia towards Armenians in Azerbaijan has been also confirmed in the documents of several international organizations.
The full text of the Memorandum of the MFA of the Republic of Artsakh is in six languages on the web site of UN: