THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Armenia filed a case on the World Court docket asserting that Azerbaijan has violated a world treaty on racial discrimination, the courtroom stated on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the Azerbaijan Ministry of Overseas Affairs stated Azerbaijan would defend itself “robustly” and deliberate to file a countersuit accusing Armenia of the identical factor.
In combating final September to November, Azeri troops drove ethnic Armenian forces out of swathes of territory that they had managed because the Nineties in and across the Nagorno-Karabakh area, earlier than Russia brokered a ceasefire.
Within the submitting, Armenia accused Azerbaijan of subjecting Armenians to racial discrimination “for many years” in violation of the Worldwide Conference on the Elimination of All Types of Racial Discrimination, to which each states are signatories, the courtroom stated.
For the reason that Nov. 10 ceasefire, Azerbaijan has “continued to have interaction within the homicide, torture and different abuse of Armenian prisoners of warfare, hostages and different detained individuals,” the courtroom cited the go well with as saying.
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“Armenia subsequently requests the Court docket to carry Azerbaijan answerable for its violations … to forestall future hurt, and to redress the hurt that has already been induced,” it stated.
The Azerbaijan spokesperson stated the nation has been compiling proof of Armenian human rights abuses towards Azerbaijanis and it might file its personal go well with on the courtroom in “days.”
The world courtroom, formally often known as the Worldwide Court docket of Justice, is the United Nations’ courtroom for resolving disputes between nations. The courtroom has but to find out whether or not it has jurisdiction on this case.
(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Enhancing by Sonya Hepinstall)
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