European Parliament condemns Azerbaijan aggression in Nagorno-Karabakh, requires sanctions – JURIST

The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday in help of Nagorno-Karabakh and condemning Azerbaijan’s aggression towards Nagorno-Karabakh. The decision additionally known as on the EU to sanction Azerbaijani officers who have been chargeable for assaults that led to quite a few human rights violations.

The decision took into consideration the present state of affairs in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan and Armenia, particularly, the humanitarian consequences of Azerbaijan’s blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh, the destruction of cultural heritage in Nagorno-Karabakh and the remedy of Armenian prisoners of war following the 2020 struggle between Armenia and Azerbaijan. 

On September 19, the longstanding conflict within the area got here to a head after Azerbaijan carried out a army operation to take management over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed area internationally acknowledged as Azerbaijani territory the place ethnic Armenians have lived for hundreds of years. Over 100,000 ethnic Armenians have fled in latest days, with Human Rights Watch urging Azerbaijani authorities to take substantive steps to facilitate Armenian’s proper to return.

The decision strongly condemned the battle, which was described as a gross violation of worldwide regulation and a transparent infringement of earlier makes an attempt to attain a ceasefire. The decision additionally known as for investigations into abuses dedicated by Azerbaijani forces that would represent struggle crimes. 

As well as, the European Parliament accepted an modification to cease shopping for fuel from Azerbaijan, following the assaults from their authorities. The Greens/EFA group within the European Parliament welcomed this resolution, stating that it brings a transparent message that violating worldwide regulation, ceasefire agreements and human rights has penalties.

The decision was adopted with 491 votes in favor, 9 towards and 36 abstentions.

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