“In times of war, the law falls silent.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
The imperative to protect human rights must be a daily endeavor for all – for those in positions of power and for ordinary citizens. Protecting human rights must include daily acts of courage and resilience, not only during times of war, but also in peacetime. EVN Report’s December, 2020, issue “Dignity” is dedicated to those rights for all.
Children also became a target of Azerbaijan’s large-scale military aggression during the 2020 Artsakh War. Their basic rights to life, health, family and community were consistently violated.
Although the severity of war crimes committed by Azerbaijan and its disregard for international humanitarian law was unprecedented during the 2020 Artsakh War, it is a continuation of official Baku’s anti-Armenian policy stretching back over a century.
Different international courts have jurisdiction over different areas of international law. Ara Khzmalyan explains the avenues available for demanding accountability for the war crimes committed against Artsakh.
Numerous war crimes were committed during and after the 2020 Artsakh War. This article provides an overview and lists many of the most horrendous and brutal war crimes committed by Azerbaijani military against Armenian servicemen and civilians.
Astghik Karapetyan, the guest editor for this month’s issue titled “Dignity,” writes about the imperative to constantly work to protect the human rights of all, during both times of peace and war.