Today, on October 12, the Human Rights Defender Ms. Anahit Manasyan hosted Alexander Vinnikov, the Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, and Arkadiush Legich, the Head of the political affairs.
Anahit Manasyan presented the cases of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, which were recorded during the recent aggression of Azerbaijan, as well as the forced displacement of the Armenian population from Nagorno Karabakh.
The Defender particularly referred to the policy of ethnic cleansing carried out against the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as other cases of torture, mutilation and ill-treatment by the Azerbaijani forces prohibited by international law.
The Defender also presented the results of the fact-finding activities conducted by her and the staff of the Defender, emphasizing the need to continuously guarantee the rights of forcibly displaced persons.
Within the framework of the meeting, Anahit Manasyan referred to the issues of human rights protection caused by the border security of the Republic of Armenia, stating that the presence of the Azerbaijani armed forces in the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia is quite concerning in the context of the protection and guarantee of human rights.
The parties discussed the importance of addressing gross violations of human rights recorded by the Defender by introducing mechanisms known to international law.
In this context, the Head of the NATO liaison office emphasized the importance of recommendations within the mandate of the Defender, presented to the international organizations and actors involved in the protection of human rights, as well as to the state.
At the end of the meeting, the parties reached an agreement to continue cooperation in the direction of human rights protection and promotion.