This fact is proven and set
forth in the new special report of the Republic of Armenia (RA) Human Rights
Defender. The report is in English.
This extraordinary report of
the Human Rights Defender shows with concrete examples and expert analysis
"the crimes committed against humanity by Azerbaijan in the context of a
man-made disaster” during the COVID-19 humanitarian disaster.
The special report sets forth
that despite the statements of the UN Secretary General Security Council that
the COVID-19 crisis should compel the cessation of hostilities in all
situations, the start of the war by the Azerbaijani authorities in
September-November 2020 endangered the lives of the entire population of
Artsakh and their health, and intentionally caused death and suffering. It also
significantly contributed to the increase in deaths in Armenia.
All of this has been achieved
by causing the acceleration and the rapid spread of the deadly virus, and by
bringing about the fatal collapse of the healthcare system.
Thus, in the period from
March 1st to September 26th, 49,400 cases of COVID-19 were registered, while
during the war, from September 27 to November 9, that number reached 59,287.
In terms of mortality, 951
deaths were reported in the seven months before the war, compared with 658
during the war.
These recorded facts once
again prove the assertions of the Human Rights Defender, that the Azerbaijani
authorities should be held accountable for war crimes, as impunity breeds new
and more heinous crimes.
The report will be sent to
the relevant international structures and to RA state bodies.
The Human Rights Defender of