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4 Oct, 2020 15:37

Armenia asks European Court of Human Rights to step in & take action over Turkish role in Azerbaijan’s 'attacks on civilians'

Armenia asks European Court of Human Rights to step in & take action over Turkish role in Azerbaijan’s 'attacks on civilians'

Armenia submitted a formal request to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), on Sunday, complaining about Turkey’s open support for Azerbaijan in the two countries' ongoing dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

After violence claimed civilian lives on both sides over the weekend, Yerevan says it wants the ECHR to apply so-called “interim measures” against Ankara over its “assistance” to alleged Azerbaijani attacks against the civilian population in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. That's according to the office of Armenia's representative to the ECHR.

The interim measures can be applied by the court when there are fears that human lives are being threatened, or any kind of ill-treatment, such as torture, for example, is being used.

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Shortly after hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh broke out last Sunday, Armenia alleged that Turkey had sent equipment to Azerbaijani forces and encouraged mercenaries from Syria to join Baku's offensive against the mainly Armenian-populated enclave. Ankara denies providing any material support to Azerbaijan, but confirmed it would not hesitate to do so if asked.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said, last week, that his country has “credible” information proving Syrian militants arrived in Nagorno-Karabakh through Turkey. Russia's Foreign Ministry has voiced similar concerns. 

Last week, Armenia lodged a similar request to the ECHR against Azerbaijan, demanding it “cease military attacks on civilian settlements.”

As hostilities intensified this Sunday, both Baku and the authorities of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh republic reported civilian casualties.

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