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Posted 12 May 2022 - 10:46 AM

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Posted 20 May 2022 - 08:13 AM

PanArmenian
Armenia - May 19 2022
 
 
Amnesty: Karabakh's older people recount war crimes by Azerbaijan
 
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May 19, 2022 - 14:14 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - As the Nagorno-Karabakh war enters its third decade, renewed fighting in 2020 underscored the risks to one particular group: older people.

Older ethnic Armenians were invariably among the last to flee their villages, and reportedly made up more than half of civilian deaths. Many were subject to war crimes by Azerbaijani forces, including extrajudicial killings and torture and other ill-treatment in detention. Some older men are still missing, Amnesty International says in fresh research published on Tuesday, May 17.

"This report examines the violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes, that Azerbaijani forces committed against older people during and after the 2020 fighting. The report also looks at the situation of older people living in displacement in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, and the ways that older people remain marginalized in the authorities’ humanitarian response," Amnesty said.

Older people interviewed for the report were almost invariably the last to flee their villages or towns during the 2020 conflict. For some older people, physical disabilities and health problems made it more challenging and risky for them to flee, while those with psychosocial disabilities or dementia may have found it difficult to understand the necessity or urgency of leaving.

But many older people who did not have disabilities also stayed behind. Some said they wanted to support the war effort by making food or doing laundry for soldiers; others wanted to look after their property, including livestock, while the remaining population was away.

All older people described a deep attachment to their homes and land, both as valuable assets and sources of income as well as for the sentimental value they held. “I took my grandfather [away] a few times, but every time he would… insist on hitch-hiking back to the village,” said one man, whose 90-year-old grandfather was detained unlawfully by Azerbaijani forces. “He said his wife’s gravestone is there [and] he didn’t want to be anywhere else.”

"According to the Human Rights Ombudsman of Nagorno-Karabakh, at least 48 older civilians were killed during the fighting, more than half the total documented civilian death count among ethnic Armenians. While some were killed by indiscriminate shelling, at least 30 older people were killed unlawfully by Azerbaijani forces after they had taken control of villages and towns. Amnesty International was able to verify many of those cases through testimony from witnesses and relatives, as well as through reviewing death certificates, official forensic examinations undertaken by the Armenian authorities, and videos posted to social media. Many of the killings were extrajudicial executions, at times via beheading or shooting at pointblank range, and sometimes appear to have involved torture or other ill-treatment prior to the murder, as well as the mutilation of bodies," the report said.

"Some older people who stayed behind in towns or villages were arbitrarily detained and transferred to detention facilities in other parts of Azerbaijan. There, soldiers subjected them to beatings and other forms of physical violence and, in one case, to a mock execution, all amounting to torture or other ill-treatment. Older men appear to have been targeted for ill-treatment because Azerbaijani soldiers believed they had participated in Armenia’s war effort during the 1990s. Both older men and older women were denied appropriate medical treatment while in detention, including for serious diseases and conditions."

The report also shed light on the current situation.

"Compared to other groups with specific risks in situations of armed conflict and humanitarian crisis, older people’s experiences and perspectives have historically been absent from reporting, including by human rights organizations like Amnesty International, and neglected in humanitarian responses," .

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Posted 24 May 2022 - 07:23 AM

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Armenia - May 23 2022
 
 
Azerbaijan destroys Park of Teachers in Karabakh
 
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May 23, 2022 - 12:31 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - A video posted recently by Telegram user @ararathau shows the destruction of the Park of Teachers in the Nagorno-Karabakh village of Mets Tagher, occupied by Azerbaijan in the days following the Second Karabakh War in fall 2020.

An inscription about the construction of the park in memory of the teachers of Mets Tagher and Sokrat Aghabekyan is gone too.

The 4th article of the 1954 Hague Convention “On the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict” prohibits any act of vandalism, theft, robbery or misappropriation of cultural property in any form, and also imposes an absolute ban on any acts of revenge against cultural property.

According to the second protocol of the Hague Convention of 1999, which is also valid during international (ethnic) conflicts, the manifestation of hatred, or revenge against cultural heritage is prohibited, and actions that are regarded under Article 15 as an international crime are also prohibited.

According to the Article 53 of the Geneva First Protocol to the Convention of 12 August 1949 (without violating the provisions of the 1954 Hague Convention), it is prohibited: “Without prejudice to the provisions of the Hague Convention of May 14, 1954, it is prohibited to carry out any hostile action against cultural heritage, to use it for military purposes, or make it a subject of retaliation”.

During the recent military hostilities, Azerbaijani forces launched two targeted attacks on the Holy Savior Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Shushi. Azerbaijan earlier "restored" a church by replacing its Armenian inscription with glass art. Furthermore, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev visited the region of Hadrut in territories occupied by Azerbaijan and declared his intention to "renovate" a 12th century Armenian church, which he claimed to "an Albanian church". Aliyev went so far as to accuse Armenians of leaving "fake inscriptions" in the Armenian language.

Concerns about the preservation of cultural sites in Nagorno-Karabakh are made all the more urgent by the Azerbaijani government’s history of systemically destroying indigenous Armenian heritage—acts of both warfare and historical revisionism. The Azerbaijani government has secretly destroyed a striking number of cultural and religious artifacts in the late 20th century. Within Nakhichevan alone, a historically Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani forces destroyed at least 89 medieval churches, 5,840 khachkars (Armenian cross stones) and 22,000 historical tombstones between 1997 and 2006.
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Posted 29 May 2022 - 07:02 AM

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Armenia - May 28 2022
 
 
Armenia urges Azerbaijan against "warmongering, expansionist" rhetoric
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PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenia has urged Azerbaijan against disrupting discussions between the two countries with "warmongering, expansionist rhetoric".

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Friday, May 27 made more territorial claims against Armenia, claiming that "the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic handed over our ancient city - Yerevan – to Armenia in 1920."

The Armenian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday Aliyev's statements demonstrate the non constructive approach, the arbitrary, false interpretation of the agreements, and the continuation of aggressive and warmongering policy by the Azerbaijani side.

"The aspirations towards the sovereign territory of the neighboring country and standing from the position of use of force to achieve these goals are nothing but a contempt for the norms of international law, which seriously question the sincerity of Azerbaijan's intentions to achieve peace in the region," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia considers it necessary to reiterate its principled position, namely that the negotiations on normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan should be held on the basis of proposals of both sides, which should address the whole agenda of the issues, including the final settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"With its speculations, the Azerbaijani side attempts to present the Nagorno-Karabakh issue as a territorial dispute while it is about the realization of the rights of the Armenians of Artsakh and the exclusion of the threat of ethnic cleansing."

The statement reminded that the international mandate of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmanship received in 1995 to support the comprehensive settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict does, in fact, exist.

"We call on the leadership of Azerbaijan not to disrupt the discussions conducted in the existing formats with warmongering, expansionist rhetoric," the statement reads.

"At the same time, we draw the attention of the international community to the statements made by official Baku, and expect the unequivocal attitude of our international partners, which will make it possible to achieve stability and peace in the South Caucasus."

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Posted 04 June 2022 - 06:12 AM

ARMINFO
Armenia - June 3 2022
 
 
 
Swedish court recognized Azerbaijan as anti-democratic state
 

ArmInfo.The Swedish government has withdrawn its decision to finance a Swedish- Azerbaijani company that organized all-inclusive tours to Azerbaijan last year.

As Swedish journalist Rasmus Canback wrote on his Twitter page, the  company sued the Swedish government in connection with the  termination of subsidies, but the Swedish court declared Azerbaijan  an anti-democratic state and rejected the company's complaint.

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Posted 12 June 2022 - 07:21 AM

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Armenia - June 7 2022
 
 
Bishop: Azerbaijan seeks to replace Dadivank's Armenian clerics with Russians
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June 7, 2022 - 16:11 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Azerbaijan wants to achieve the withdrawal of the Armenian clergy from Dadivank Monastery and their replacement by the clergy of the Russian Diocese of Baku, Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan, Primate of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, has told NEWS.am.

"I believe this information is completely in line with Azerbaijan's policy pursued today. They do everything to bring what they want to fruition and remove our clergymen from Dadivank. They saw that they could not achieve anything with the visits of the Udis, and [therefore] they resorted to this option," Bishop Vrtans said Tuesday, June 7.

"Besides the fact that they will remove the Armenian clergy, they will also say that there is no need for Russian peacekeepers [in Artsakh] anymore. I am sure that the Russian Orthodox Church will not give way to that move."

The Primate of the Artsakh Diocese added that intensive negotiations are underway to resume the entry of Armenian pilgrims to Dadivank.

Concerns about the preservation of cultural sites in Nagorno-Karabakh are made all the more urgent by the Azerbaijani government’s history of systemically destroying indigenous Armenian heritage—acts of both warfare and historical revisionism. The Azerbaijani government has secretly destroyed a striking number of cultural and religious artifacts in the late 20th century. Within Nakhichevan alone, a historically Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani forces destroyed at least 89 medieval churches, 5,840 khachkars (Armenian cross stones) and 22,000 historical tombstones between 1997 and 2006.
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Posted 17 June 2022 - 08:26 AM

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Armenia - June 16 2022
 
 
Marianna Mkrtchyan Jean-Christophe Buisson criticizes UNESCO for its inaction against  destruction of Armenian cemeteries by Azerbaijanis in occupied  territories of Artsakh. 20220422013715.jpg

ArmInfo. Deputy director of the authoritative French Le Figaro magazine, journalist Jean-Christophe Buisson criticized UNESCO for its inaction against the backdrop of  the destruction of the Armenian cemetery by the Azerbaijanis in the  occupied territories of Artsakh. 

"Hello UNESCO! Can you solemnly ask the Baku authorities why the  Armenian cemetery in the village of Hin Shen of Artsakh  (Nagorno-Karabakh) occupied by Azerbaijan since November 2020 has  disappeared?  If not, what are you doing?" Buisson wrote on his  microblog on Twitter.  It should be noted that despite the trilateral  agreements at the level of the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and  Russia dated November 9, 2020, so far the UNESCO mission has not been  able to visit the region.  Azerbaijan is torpedoing the visit in  every possible way, while at the same time erasing the traces of the  Armenian presence in the territories of Artsakh seized as a result of  the war.  Back on November 20, 2020, UNESCO Director General Audrey  Azoulay announced the readiness of the organization to send a mission  to Karabakh to help restore the cultural and historical heritage of  the region.  And already in December of the same year, Deputy  Director General of UNESCO Ernesto Ottone noted that the organization  "so far is only waiting for Azerbaijan's response so that UNESCO can  continue to work with sending a mission to the field." In turn, the  Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, in a communique issued on December 22,  2020, called on UNESCO not to politicize the issue of protecting  cultural heritage in Karabakh and stated that Baku "is open to a  constructive dialogue to discuss the details of organizing the  mission." The Russian Foreign Ministry has also repeatedly stated  that Moscow expects a UNESCO mission to visit Nagorno-Karabakh in the  near future.

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 08:15 AM

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June 28 2022
 
 
Farmland in Karabakh being given to powerful Azerbaijanis - report A new investigation has found that agricultural firms connected to powerful people, including the first family, were given non-transparent contracts to develop land in Karabakh. Heydar Isayev Jun 28, 2022
 

Agricultural land in the territories Azerbaijan retook in the 2020 war with Armenia are being developed by companies connected to top government officials, a new investigation has found.

Abzas Media, an independent news outlet, on June 23 published a report detailing which companies have gotten government contracts to farm land in Karabakh. Many of the companies, several of them little-known, are connected to high-ranking officials, including the daughters of President Ilham Aliyev.

Abzas reported that the state Agency for Development of Small and Medium Businesses (KOBIA, in its Azerbaijani acronym) presented, at an October 2021 exhibition called “Rebuild Karabakh,” a short list of companies that had been awarded government deals to carry out agricultural work in various parts of Karabakh.

According to the agency’s figures, which hadn’t been publicly shared elsewhere, a total of 8,376.5 hectares of land had been leased in 2021 to five companies: Agroinkishaf-2017, Agro Fresh, Agro Diary, Azersun, and Kraun Ko.

It’s “no coincidence that these companies popped up in liberated lands in Karabakh,” Abzas said, given the close connections many of them have with the government.

While it wasn’t clear how those 8,000-plus hectares were allocated, KOBIA did identify a small number of specific, separate deals. Azersun, a giant Azerbaijani food monopoly, was awarded 9,000 square meters of land in the Gubadli district, in a project valued at 40 million manats [$23.5 million]. Azersun is owned by Turkish businessman Abdolbari Gozal, who is known to be close to the ruling family.

Agro Dairy was awarded a project worth 851,000 manats [$500,000] on 5.2 hectares in the Aghdam and Fuzuli districts. The company belongs to Pasha Holding, owned by members of the powerful Pashayev family of Aliyev’s wife, Mehriban Aliyeva.

Aliyev has mentioned the role of Azersun and Agro Dairy in Karabakh. In a visit to the Hajigabul district in April 2021, where he was visiting an “agropark,” a large-scale, state-backed agribusiness venture, Aliyev met the director of Agro Diary. Aliyev said that he had “recommended both those managing Agro Diary and Azersun to build agroparks in the liberated lands of Karabakh.”

A previous investigation by the independent news agency Turan found that the majority of the new agroparks established in Karabakh were connected to figures close to the government.

Kraun Ko-R was given a project worth 20 million manats [$12 million], on 2.3 hectares in the Zangilan district, Abzas reported, citing the KOBIA presentation. Kraun Ko-R’s ownership significantly overlaps with those of companies belonging to the family of Ali Naghiyev, the chief of the State Security Service, the Abzas investigation found. And its legal address happens to be the same as those of companies belonging to Baylar Ayyubov, the chief of the presidential security service.

And that is likely the tip of the iceberg, as the KOBIA presentation did not appear to cover all new government contracts for agricultural work in Karabakh. Kraun Ko-R’s director, Sabuhi Abdullayev, has said that his company planted wheat on 24,000 hectares in Gubadli, Zangilan, and Jabrayil districts in 2021 alone. “We plan to expand the land on which we are farming as soon as more territories are cleared of landmines,” he told Public Television.

Since the end of the war, Azerbaijan has undertaken a massive reconstruction campaign in the territories it retook, which were left largely destroyed after 30 years of Armenian occupation. The work so far has consisted mainly of landmine clearance, building infrastructure like airports and roads, and setting up several new, heavily promoted “smart villages” in the Zangilan district. The reconstruction work has focused heavily on the city of Shusha, which has been formally designated as Azerbaijan’s “cultural capital.”

The government hasn’t provided specific information on when the more than 600,000 Azerbaijanis displaced from those territories in the first war between the two sides in the 1990s might be able to return to live. But it appears to be moving ahead with allowing big businesses to start farming work there.

In a February speech, President Aliyev briefly touched upon the agricultural work being undertaken in Karabakh. “Various agricultural projects are now being implemented in the liberated areas. I can say that a sowing campaign is planned on 40,000-50,000 hectares this year. This will contribute to our food security,” he said.

According to an April 2021 presidential order, the Ministry of Agriculture “is temporarily entrusted with the implementation” of new agricultural work “in the the liberated territories of Azerbaijan,” including “leasing of agricultural lands for production and processing of agricultural products” and “exercising control over the use of leased lands.”

The Ministry of Agriculture did not respond to Abzas’s inquiry about to whom land in Karabakh had been leased and on which criteria they were selected. 

Heydar Isayev is a journalist from Baku.

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Posted 30 July 2022 - 07:12 AM

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Armenia - July 29 2022
 
 
Azerbaijanis destroy another Armenian cemetery in Karabakh
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July 29, 2022 - 14:53 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Azerbaijanis have razed to the ground another Armenian cemetery in the occupied territories of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh).

Footage depicting the act of vandalism committed by Azerbaijanis has been shared on Telegram channels.

Azerbaijan, meanwhile, has been hindering the deployment of a UNESCO mission that would document the cultural and historical heritage of the region and prevent the destruction of significant monuments.

Since the end of hostilities in the fall of 2020, dozens of Armenian cemeteries, churches, monuments and memorials have been destroyed by the Azerbaijani military.
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Posted 06 August 2022 - 07:14 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
Aug 5 2022
 
 
Protesters storm Azerbaijani Embassy in London and take down flag
August 5, 2022, 00:12
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Eight men have been arrested after a group of protesters stormed the Azerbaijani embassy in London, Metro reports.

Footage on social media showed men waving flags from the balcony of the country’s base in Kensington.

Slogans in Arabic were daubed on the wall and the Azerbaijani flag was taken down.

It’s unclear what sparked the protest but it was led by a group called The Mahdi Servants Union.

 

It is a Shia Muslim organization based in London which says it wants to establish ‘civilizational dominance’ on its website.

Members linked to the group have cited ‘persecution’ by the Azerbaijani government of some Shia Muslims in the country.

In a statement, the group said it had been directed by their leader ‘to take urgent action’ against Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev.

Leader of the group Yasser Al-Habib, who was granted asylum in the UK after coming into conflict with the authorities in his native Kuwait, runs a mosque in Buckinghamshire.

 

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Posted 06 August 2022 - 07:15 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
Aug 5 2022
 
 
 
Azerbaijani MPs make confessions about ethnic cleansing policy in Artsakh, Armenia’s Ombudsperson reveals
August 5, 2022, 17:36
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Azerbaijani MP Gudrat Hasanguliyev made a confession about the Azerbaijani state policy aimed at the ethnic cleansing of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian Human Rights Defender Kristinne Grigoryan reveals.

In particular, the lawmaker stated that “Armenia should put an end to its territorial ambitions towards Azerbaijan and stop supporting the bloody separatism of Karabakh. Unless this is done, we should not recognize their (the population of Nagorno-Karabakh) right to life in peace.” Subsequently, the MP stated that in the current situation it is not possible for Armenians to live in Azerbaijan.

Another deputy, Fazil Mustafaev, echoing his colleague, also directly threatened the physical existence of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“In reality, there are a number of examples and proofs of the Azerbaijani policy of ethnic hatred and ethnic cleansing of Armenians, however, it is striking that high-level officials representing the Azerbaijani leadership are making these statements amid provocations carried out by their armed forces in recent days, as a result of which two Armenian servicemen were killed and 19 others were injured,” the Ombudswoman said.

“It is a fact the right to life of the peaceful population of Nagorno-Karabakh is not guaranteed, and the Azerbaijani officials are directly confirming that,” she said.

The Ombudsperson has shared this information with foreign colleagues, as well as with the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which in the coming days will review Azerbaijan’s periodic report on the implementation of the UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

 

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Posted 11 August 2022 - 07:28 AM

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Aug 10 2022
 
Poor challenge from Aliyev! He met with Turkish-Cypriot occupation leader in Turkey by ATHENS BUREAU
 

The  leader of the Turkish occupation of northern Cyprus, Ersin Tatar, met with the genocidal dictator of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, in Ikónion (Ἰκόνιον, Turkish: Konya), Turkey.

According to the Turkish-Cypriot leader’s written statement, Tatar traveled to Ikónion to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Islamic Solidarity at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Tatar had a meeting with Aliyev, which lasted about 40 minutes. During the meeting, Tatar informed Aliyev about Cyprus and said that they follow a harmonious policy with Turkey.

Noting that the meeting took place in a very frank atmosphere, Tatar emphasised that assessments were made on the development of mutual relations between the two countries.

Simply put, the dictator, murderous and corrupt Aliyev, legitimised the pseudo-state.

Time for Greece to finally sanction this murderer, who has seared Western consciences by handing out at least three billion dollars in bribes to Western politicians and officials, according to News Break.

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Posted 13 August 2022 - 07:13 AM

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Greek City Times: Attacks against Azerbaijani journalists continue unabated in 2022

 
 
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YEREVAN, AUGUST 12, ARMENPRESS. The Greek City Times newspaper published an article about the attacks on journalists in Azerbaijan.

 

“Although Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis described the IGB natural gas pipeline, which connects the national natural gas transmission system of Greece with the Bulgarian network and will be able to transport billions of cubic metres of gas per year from Azerbaijan, as a “pipeline of values”, even if we ignore the continued ethnic cleansing of Nagorno-Karabakh’s Armenians, how true is the Greek leaders statement?” asks the author in the Attacks against Azerbaijani journalists continue unabated in 2022 article.

“If we look towards the media sphere, as one example, there is a lack of these values that Mitsotakis talks about.

 
 

The very first thing the Azerbaijan page of Reporters Without Borders says is: “President Ilham Aliyev has wiped out any semblance of pluralism, and since 2014, he has sought ruthlessly to silence any remaining critics.”

“No independent television or radio is transmitted from within the country, and all print newspapers with a critical stance have been shut down. Most independent news sites, such as Azadliq and Meydan TV, targeted by state censorship, are based abroad.”

It also explains that no official or police officer in the past 20 years has been sanctioned for hitting or insulting a journalists and that “the Baku regime tries to tame independent journalists in exile by pressuring their friends and family who remain in the country.”

 

Even more alarmingly though is that the Aliyev regime exports its targeting of journalists outside of Azerbaijan’s own borders.

On May 31, Azerbaijani blogger Tural Sadigly, who lives in Germany but is currently staying in the UK, stated that a conspiracy was being prepared against him by the Azerbaijani authorities.

 

“I assure you that my life is in serious danger. This time they are planning something against me. The instruction was given by the presidential administration.

For this reason, my parents will hold a protest in front of the presidential administration building in Baku tomorrow. I ask political parties, human rights activists, activists, journalists, everyone – to support them”, Sadigly wrote on his Facebook page.

A little later, an Azerbaijani journalist, former political prisoner Afgan Mukhtarli, who lives in Germany, confirmed the threat to the life of the blogger on his social media.

“Azerbaijani migrant and blogger living in Germany, head of the Azad söz (Free Speech) YouTube channel Tural Sadigly wrote about the serious danger to his life.

The Aliyev regime repeatedly arrested, kidnapped and blackmailed its opponents residing abroad. Ilham Aliyev used terrorist groups more than once against those whom he could not arrest.

Last year, among the oppositionists living abroad, Bayram Mammadov was killed in Istanbul, Vugar Rza in Belgium, Huseyn Bakikhanov in Tbilisi.

Attempts were made to kill Magomed Mirzali, Orkhan Agayev, Ordukhan Babirov, Gabil Mamedov.

French police arrested several individuals for an attempted murder of Magomed Mirzali.

The threat of murder against Tural Sadigly, the search for his address are quite serious. European law enforcement agencies must ensure the safety of Tural Bey”, Mukhtarli said.

Another Azerbaijani opposition blogger was attacked in Europe. This time the victim of the attack was blogger Manaf Jalilzade, who is known for his criticism of Mehriban and Ilham Aliyev, according to Infoteka24.

“Blogger Manaf Jalilzade, who lives in Switzerland, was brutally beaten by three Azerbaijanis in front of his house on April 29, 2022 at 23:00. His condition is very critical,” another French-based opposition blogger, Mirzali Muhammad, tweeted.

These are just a few examples in 2022, but cases can be brought up in every year of Azerbaijan’s post-Soviet era.

Take some of these examples:

  1. An Azerbaijani journalist and political activist Afgan Mukhtarli was kidnapped in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi on May 29, 2017, and then illegally brought across the border to Azerbaijan
  2. In March 2018, in Germany, by the order of the Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Azerbaijan Adyl Aliyev, Rauf Babayev was beaten after his speech at an event.
  3. In December of 2018 in the center of Strasbourg the attack on Ganimat Zaidov: an unknown person hit him in the back and took away his mobile phone.
  4. In November of 2019 the attack on Muhammad Mirzali in France: he was shot 4 times, one cartridge hit his arm, the rest into the car.
  5. In January of 2020, on the same day, there was an attempt on the life of Sevinj Mirzoyeva in the USA (fastening bolts were removed from the front wheels of his car, it was purely by chance that he managed to avoid a car accident, the children of S. Mirzoyeva, were also in the car).
  6. On 30th of December, 2020, the mysterious disappearance of Vugar Rza in Belgium, the body was found on the 18th of January, 2021 in a river.
  7. In February 2021, Orkhan Agaev was beaten in the center of Berlin.
  8. In March of 2021 attack on Muhammad Mirzali in the center of Nantes, 4 people were arrested, the rest of the gang members are wanted.
  9. On 2nd of May 2021, Azerbaijani opposition activist Bayram Mammadov has been found dead in Istanbul in an apparent drowning
  10. On July 14th 2021, Azerbaijani opposition blogger Huseyn Bakixanov, died on July 14 under unclear circumstances after apparently falling from a roof of a Tbilisi hotel.
 
 
 


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Posted 13 August 2022 - 07:15 AM

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Azerbaijani hackers attack Greek City Times after the latter published an article about Aliyev's regime

 
 
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YEREVAN, AUGUST 12, ARMENPRESS. The website of the Greek newspaper Greek City Times was attacked by Azerbaijani hackers for publishing an article about the repression of independent journalists in Azerbaijan, which did not please the authoritarian regime of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, ARMENPRESS reports Greek City Times journalist Paul Antonopoulos wrote on his Twitter.

 

Paul Antonopoulos tweeted that the Greek City Times was hacked for an hour by Azerbaijani hackers after publishing an article titled " Attacks against Azerbaijani journalists continue unabated in 2022."

 
 

"Dictator Aliyev, who controls the operations, is unhappy," wrote Antonopoulos.

Earlier, the Greek newspaper Greek City Times published an extensive article regarding repression of independent journalists in Azerbaijan. The journalist of Greek City Times presented the attacks on journalists in 2022 and their murders outside the borders of Azerbaijan.

 

 

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Posted 14 August 2022 - 07:26 AM

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How could Jews have any status in Nazi Germany? Artsakh reiterates unacceptability of Azeri control

 
 
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YEREVAN, AUGUST 13, ARMENPRESS. The Foreign Minister of Artsakh Davit Babayan reacted to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s recent remarks on Armenians living in Nagorno Karabakh.

 

Aliyev said on August 12 that “Armenians living in Karabakh will have no status, no independence and no special priviledges.”

 
 

“Well, what can be said here,” Babayan said in a statement. “There is no sense in going into details. I can only say the following. First of all I’d like to thank Aliyev for his sincerity. Indeed, neither Azerbaijan nor its leadership have never concealed their plans regarding Artsakh. Second, indeed Karabakh will not have anything as part of Azerbaijan because Karabakh itself will not exist. Besides, any status within Azerbaijan is unacceptable for Artsakh. How could the Jews have any kind of administrative-territorial status in Nazi Germany?” Babayan concluded in a statement on social media.

 

 

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Posted 10 September 2022 - 08:22 AM

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Azeri fake report debunked with facts at 26th ICOM General Conference in Prague

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 9, ARMENPRESS. Azerbaijan attempted to push its falsifications at the 26th ICOM (International Council of Museums) General Conference in Prague but was countered by fact-based debunking from the Armenian delegation.

 

“They are usually trying to use all platforms to present their false and ungrounded narratives,” ICOM Armenia President Hayk Mkrtchyan said. “They were accusing Armenians in destructions of mosques and so on. Having anticipated this, we had already discussed this with our colleagues at the foreign ministry in Armenia. We showed with facts that their report is fake. We presented the UNESCO national committee report on what has actually happened in Artsakh over the past two years. The report is based on research by prestigious international publications and organizations,” he said.

 
 

During the conference agreements were reached to host the seminars of at least 4 international committees in Armenia (literature and composer museums, exhibition exchange, musical instrument and musical museums, as well as staff training committees).

 

 

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Posted 20 September 2022 - 07:08 AM

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“Armenian lives matter” - Ukrainian singer Tina Karol expresses support to Armenia

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 19, ARMENPRESS. Ukrainian singer Tina Karol has expressed her support to Armenia.

 

“Armenian Lives Matter”, the Ukrainian singer shared a photo on an Instagram story.

According to Azerbaijani reports, the singer cancelled her concert in Baku scheduled on November 15.

 
 

Earlier another Ukrainian singer Max Barskih has also cancelled his December 10th concert in Baku, stating that “any country that allows aggression against another country is not a place for my concerts”.

On September 13, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces launched a major attack on Armenia from several directions, bombarding both military and civilian infrastructures with rocket-artillery and drone strikes.

Azerbaijan halted its attack in the evening of September 14 after a ceasefire was reached following the involvement of the international community.

 

 

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Posted 21 September 2022 - 08:50 AM

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Smear campaign launched against Azerbaijani “traitors” Several activists and politicians have been branded “traitors” on government-linked social media after they expressed their opposition to Azerbaijan’s recent attacks against Armenia. Sep 20, 2022
 

Government-linked social media accounts have attacked anti-war voices in Azerbaijan with a campaign branding them as “traitors.”

After Azerbaijan’s unprecedented attack on targets inside Armenia starting on September 12, many opposition voices in Azerbaijan came out in opposition, questioning the morality and legality of the Azerbaijani offensive. It was a conspicuous shift from 2020, when the same figures supported the government’s campaign to take back much of the land in and around Nagorno-Karabakh it had lost to Armenia in the first war between the two sides in the 1990s.

While a ceasefire was agreed on September 14 and has for the most part held, government-linked social media did not stop their assaults.

On September 17, the youth wing of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (YAP) published a video compilation of various opposition bloggers and politicians who had expressed opposition to the new round of fighting. It included the hashtag “#xainləritanı” or “know the traitors.”

Those targeted in the video, most of whom live abroad, for the most part argued that Azerbaijani forces entered Armenia’s internationally recognized borders and that that was both immoral and strategically unwise.

“The Azerbaijani side openly acknowledges their intention to invade another country’s territory,” Germany-based journalist and former political prisoner Afghan Mukhtarli said in an interview that was excerpted in the YAP video. Azerbaijan “is crossing Armenia’s internationally recognized border and is crossing into a new war,” blogger Tural Sadigli, who also lives in Germany, said.

“Why do we have to fight on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border while there are separatists [in Nagorno-Karabakh], and move forward on to Armenia’s territory?” asked journalist Sevinj Osmangizi in the video. “What does it accomplish? What kind of logic is it?”

The “know the traitors” hashtag was taken up on Facebook and Twitter, with many of the users members of YAP or branches of the party, including some members of parliament.

One popular post featured images of many of the same people as in the compilation video, their photos stamped with the phrase “know the traitor.”

While the Azerbaijani government claims that the fighting was started by Armenia, which provoked the Azerbaijani attacks, they have provided no evidence for that claim. The level of skepticism for that narrative inside Azerbaijan is unprecedentedly high, and many dismissed or mocked the “traitor” campaign.

“Perhaps they are soon going to post these [images] on the street,” wrote political activist Rustam Ismayilbayli on his Facebook page. He compared the situation to the purges of the early Soviet Union. “1937 has passed in the calendar, but the 1937 spirit – the tradition of declaring opposing opinions as traitorous, spying, denunciations – still fully lives with us.”

On September 20, Ahmad Mammadli, chairman of small opposition group Demokratiya-1918, was detained by plainclothes police officers and his whereabouts are not known. Mammadli lately attracted attention for his anti-war posts on social media.

Azerbaijan President "Ilham Aliyev will definitely answer before international courts one day for the crimes he committed not only against the Azerbaijani people, but also against the Armenian people,” Mammadli wrote on Twitter. “The first task of democratic Azerbaijan will be to punish those who make nations hostile to each other." One user responded that he was going to report Mammadli to law enforcement.

Later in the afternoon of September 20, Mammadli was arrested for 30 days and charged with disobeying police orders, he reported in a video filmed by a fellow group member and posted to social media. "If I am a criminal for speaking about peace, I am proud of it," he says in the video.

 

This post was edited to add details of Mammadli's arrest.

 





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