NGOs appeal to int'l organizations over Armenia's involvement of mercenaries in Karabakh battles

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Read: 1735     16:09     23 October 2020    

A group of NGOs operating in the country has appealed to the President of the UN Human Rights Council, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Armenia's bringing mercenaries to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.


The appeal reads:

"Dear Ladies and Gentlemen!

We are very concerned that during the investigation of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan, it was ascertained that in recent days Armenia has brought members of various terrorist organizations, as well as, foreign nationals as mercenaries to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and used them against our country.

Thus, a large number of mercenaries from Syria, Lebanon, the United States, Canada, Greece and France were identified among the fighters neutralized during the military operations, and evidence was found that they were brought to the conflict zone by Armenia.

In addition, there is substantial information that the PKK terrorist organization has established military bases in the occupied Azerbaijani lands at the initiative of Armenia and fought against Azerbaijan.

As we know, the concept of mercenary is reflected in Article 47 of the First Additional Protocol (1977) to the 1949 Geneva Convention for the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflict. According to this article, a mercenary does not have the right to receive the status of a combatant or prisoner of war. The involvement of mercenaries in military conflict is contrary to international humanitarian law.

The International Convention on the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries, adopted by the 44th session of the UN General Assembly on 4 December 1989 (44/34) criminalizes the recruitment, financing, use and training of mercenaries.

Apparently, mercenaries are recognized as criminals under international law and must be brought to justice as international criminals. Universal jurisdiction has been established in accordance with the principle of aut dedere aut judicare (the obligation to extradite or prosecute).

Armenia is once again grossly violating the norms of international law by actively involving mercenaries against Azerbaijan.

As Azerbaijani NGOs, we appeal to you and strongly condemn the violation of the norms and principles of international humanitarian law by involving mercenaries in the conflict and take appropriate steps to prevent it."



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NGOs appeal to int'l organizations over Armenia's involvement of mercenaries in Karabakh battles

2020/10/1603455085-1603455654.jpg
Read: 1736     16:09     23 October 2020    

A group of NGOs operating in the country has appealed to the President of the UN Human Rights Council, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Armenia's bringing mercenaries to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.


The appeal reads:

"Dear Ladies and Gentlemen!

We are very concerned that during the investigation of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan, it was ascertained that in recent days Armenia has brought members of various terrorist organizations, as well as, foreign nationals as mercenaries to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and used them against our country.

Thus, a large number of mercenaries from Syria, Lebanon, the United States, Canada, Greece and France were identified among the fighters neutralized during the military operations, and evidence was found that they were brought to the conflict zone by Armenia.

In addition, there is substantial information that the PKK terrorist organization has established military bases in the occupied Azerbaijani lands at the initiative of Armenia and fought against Azerbaijan.

As we know, the concept of mercenary is reflected in Article 47 of the First Additional Protocol (1977) to the 1949 Geneva Convention for the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflict. According to this article, a mercenary does not have the right to receive the status of a combatant or prisoner of war. The involvement of mercenaries in military conflict is contrary to international humanitarian law.

The International Convention on the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries, adopted by the 44th session of the UN General Assembly on 4 December 1989 (44/34) criminalizes the recruitment, financing, use and training of mercenaries.

Apparently, mercenaries are recognized as criminals under international law and must be brought to justice as international criminals. Universal jurisdiction has been established in accordance with the principle of aut dedere aut judicare (the obligation to extradite or prosecute).

Armenia is once again grossly violating the norms of international law by actively involving mercenaries against Azerbaijan.

As Azerbaijani NGOs, we appeal to you and strongly condemn the violation of the norms and principles of international humanitarian law by involving mercenaries in the conflict and take appropriate steps to prevent it."



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