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UN Human Rights Council: Rally to Stop Azerbaijan's attack on Armenians #StopArtsakhBlockade

For more than two months now, Azerbaijan has been imposing a blockade on the 120,000 inhabitants of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) with the aim of ethnically cleansing Artsakh of its Armenian population. This illegal blockade is contrary to all norms of international law and Azerbaijan's own commitments under the Tripartite Ceasefire Declaration of 9 November 2020. Thus on 22nd February, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued a binding ruling, ordering Azerbaijan to: "in accordance with its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, take all measures at its disposal to ensure unimpeded movement of persons, vehicles and cargo along the Lachin Corridor in both directions".

This blockade, based on Azerbaijan's state policy of racial hatred against Armenians, deprives the 120,000 Armenians of Artsakh of normal access to food, energy, health care, basic goods and services. As a result, it constitutes a serious, deliberate and massive violation of the right to life and other fundamental rights of the Armenian population of Artsakh, including the right to freedom of movement and travel (art. 13 UDHR).

Despite the ICJ legally binding ruling (including the indication of provisional measures) ordering Azerbaijan to unblock the Lachin corridor, the corridor remains blocked and Azerbaijan continues its silent war against the civilian population of Artsakh. The international community MUST therefore take action. Our demands are simple:

- Reopening without delay or conditions of the Lachin corridor, the only road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to the rest of the world;

- Organization of a humanitarian Airlift between Yerevan and Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh;

- Interposition of an international peacekeeping force (and not only a Russian one, in order to avoid the blackmail of the Moscow-Baku axis on Armenian democracy);

- Sanctions against Aliyev and his regime;

- Withdrawal of Azerbaijani forces from Armenian territory (since 2021, Azerbaijan has occupied approximately 150km2 of Armenia itself);

- Release by Azerbaijan of the 33 still detained Armenian prisoners of war;

- As for Kosovo, East Timor or South Sudan, grant remedial secession to the people of Artsakh.

For all these reasons, a demonstration is organized in Geneva (Place des Nations; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) on Monday 27 February 2023 at the opening of the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council. The human rights situation in Azerbaijan itself is deplorable and must be denounced. That is why Hyestart supports and participates in the event and invites you to come in numbers!

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