Armenia made submissions to the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday. requesting provisional measures in opposition to Azerbaijan for what Armenia calls “ethnic cleaning” within the ethnic Armenian area of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Armenia requested that Azerbaijan chorus from any actions which could breach Azerbaijan’s obligations below the Worldwide Conference on the Elimination of All Types of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Armenia additionally requested Azerbaijan chorus from any actions geared toward “displacing the remaining ethnic Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh, or stopping the save and expeditious return to their properties of individuals displaced in the middle of the latest army assault.”
As well as, Armenia requested Azerbaijan withdraw its army personnel from Nagorno-Karabakh and chorus from altering or destroying any monument commemorating the 1915 Armenian genocide, or every other Armenian cultural artifact. Armenia additionally included a request for Azerbaijan to revive the provision of electrical energy and gasoline to the area.
In response, Azerbaijan requested the court docket to reject Armenia’s requests.
The battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan inside the ICJ dates again to at least 2021, when Armenia first requested provisional measures in opposition to Azerbaijan for alleged violations of CERD. Armenia’s most up-to-date victory within the ICJ was an order in February 2023 which concluded that Azerbaijan wanted to make sure “unimpeded motion of individuals, automobiles and cargo alongside the Lachin Hall.” The Lachin hall is the one land route from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh and, in keeping with the February order, is presently below the management of a Russian peacekeeping forces.
Armenia first requested ICJ motion in Thursday’s matter in September, roughly 10 days after Azerbaijan launched a army operation in Nagorno-Karabak. Azerbaijan launched an assault on Nagorno-Karabak in mid-September, shortly after Armenia’s Nationwide Meeting thought of ratifying the Rome Statute. Azerbaijan attacked the capital of Nagorno-Karabak below the pretext of an “anti-terrorist” operation on September 19. On September 20, Azerbaijan imposed a ceasefire. Nagorno-Karabak is internationally acknowledged as part of Azerbaijan, however it’s also residence to an Armenian-aligned state generally known as Artsakh.
The European Parliament condemned Azerbaijan’s actions in Nargono-Karabakh in a decision final week, calling abuses by Azerbaijani army forces “a gross violation of worldwide regulation.” The US State Division additionally called upon Azerbaijan to finish hostilities in September.