THE HAGUE, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Armenia filed a case on the World Court docket asserting that Azerbaijan has violated a world treaty on racial discrimination, the courtroom mentioned on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the Azerbaijan Ministry of Overseas Affairs mentioned 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 for the reason that Nineteen 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 mentioned.
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.
“Armenia subsequently requests the Court docket to carry Azerbaijan accountable for its violations … to forestall future hurt, and to redress the hurt that has already been brought on,” it mentioned.
The Azerbaijan spokesperson mentioned the nation has been compiling proof of Armenian human rights abuses in opposition to 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 international locations. The courtroom has but to find out whether or not it has jurisdiction on this case.
Reporting by Toby Sterling
Modifying by Sonya Hepinstall
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