Baku’s treatment of Armenian civilian captive breaks all Geneva conventions - expert
YEREVAN, August 14. /ARKA/. Azerbaijani authorities have violently broken the clauses of Genera conventions in treating Armenian resident Karen Petrosyan who died in Azerbaijani custody, executive director of the Fund Against legal Outrage Larisa Alaverdyan said.
Karen Petrosyan, resident of Chinari village, Tavush region of Armenia, crossed into Azerbaijan and was taken captive. The first photos of Petrosyan in Azerbaijan showed him in civilian clothes, but later in the day he wore army boots and a camouflage vest in the official video of his interrogation by an Azerbaijani army general, Rovshan Akperov, Asbarez reported. The latter accused the terrified man, forced to his knees by masked officers, of being an Armenian soldier sent to Azerbaijan for sabotage purposes.
The ministry of defense of Azerbaijan claimed Petrosyan died of “acute heart failure”. The Armenian side insists the peasant was tortured to death and a forensic examination with involvement of international experts is required.
“Any international human rights’ convention is based on respect for human dignity, whereas Azerbaijani authorities started with showing how Petrosyan changed into camouflage was dragged on the ground”, Alaverdyan said.
The human rights activist said since the end of the 80ies Azerbaijan has kept explaining the killing of captives by “acute heart failure”.
The Red Cross office in Baku is scared, hence the Armenian authorities should apply to PACE, UN Human Rights Council and OSCE Minsk Group for returning the body of Petrosyan, Alaverdyan said.
The Karabakh conflict started in 1988 when prevailingly Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh declared withdrawal from Azerbaijan. On December 10, 1991, a referendum was held in Nagorno-Karabakh where 99.89% voted for independence from Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan responded by large-scale military operations that led to loss of control not only over Nagorno-Karabakh itself, but also over seven adjoining areas. About 25-30 thousand people were killed and about a million had to leave their homes during the military operations.
A trilateral cease-fire agreement was signed on May 12, 2004, and has been followed since then.
The ongoing Karabakh peace process started in 1992 under auspices of OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the USA, Russia and France. –0—