Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of ethnic hatred at UN court docket

Azerbaijan denied the allegations made on the ICJ and accused Armenia of ‘decades-long ethnic cleansing’.

Armenia has advised judges on the International Court of Justice in The Hague that Azerbaijan promotes ethnic hatred in opposition to Armenians and requested the court docket to cease what its attorneys name a cycle of violence and hatred.

Armenia’s assertions, which Azerbaijan has denied, are a part of a case it filed on the United Nation’s highest court docket final month that claims Azerbaijan has violated the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, to which each states are signatories.

Thursday’s listening to doesn’t go into the deserves of the case however as a substitute offers with Armenia’s request for emergency measures to cease the alleged violations, whereas the court docket considers the declare.

Both of the previous Soviet republics, who battled for six weeks late final yr over Azerbaijan’s breakaway area of Nagorno-Karabakh, have lodged separate circumstances on the ICJ.

After Armenia’s declare was made public, Azerbaijan filed a counterclaim accusing Armenia of violating the anti-discrimination treaty. Azerbaijan can also be in search of that the court docket order protecting measures whereas the case is ongoing.

Lawyers for Armenia accused Azerbaijan’s authorities of fostering ethnic hatred and a tradition the place homicide and torture of ethnic Armenians have been “systematic”.

“With this application, Armenia instead seeks to prevent and remedy the cycle of violence and hatred perpetrated against ethnic Armenians,” stated Yeghishe Kirakosyan, Armenia’s consultant.

“And in its request for provisional measures, Armenia urgently seeks to protect the rights of ethnic Armenians from imminent irreparable harm.”

Kirakosyan stated the six-week battle that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev “has overtly admitted Azerbaijan began in September 2020 is the newest hyperlink to this chain of ethnic violence and hate.

“We fear that it’s going to not be the final till the roots of this battle are addressed.

“Generations upon generations are indoctrinated into this culture of fear and hate of anything and everything Armenian,” Kirakosyan stated.

‘Obviously hopeless’

Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Elnur Mammadov advised the court docket through video hyperlink afterward Thursday that it was really Armenia that was concerned in “decades-long ethnic cleansing”.

Lawyers for Azerbaijan dismissed Armenia’s criticism as “obviously hopeless” and accused it of utilizing the UN court docket to attain political factors.

In preventing late final yr, Azeri troops drove ethnic Armenian forces out of swaths of territory that they had managed for the reason that 1990s in and across the Nagorno-Karabakh area, earlier than Russia brokered a ceasefire.

The battle claimed greater than 6,500 lives.

Both sides have lengthy traded accusations of rights abuses, together with in final yr’s battle.

The ICJ, often known as the World Court, is the UN court docket for resolving disputes between international locations.

The court docket has but to find out whether or not it has jurisdiction on this case. It will take years earlier than judges reach a remaining ruling within the Armenia versus Azerbaijan case, however they may rule on attainable emergency measures in simply weeks.