Today, on May 26, the European Court of Human Rights has published the decision on the case Makuchyan and Minasyan v. Azerbaijan and Hungary submitted to the ECHR in 2013 by the successors of Gurgen Margaryan, an Armenian officer killed by Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov in a hotel while sleeping in Budapest on February 19, 2004, as well as by Hayk Makuchyan who was subjected to attempted murder.
According to the decision, Hungary’s transfer to Azerbaijan of the murderer Ramil Safarov, his pardon by Azerbaijan, in fact, acquittal and glorification are recognized as violation of the fundamental rights enshrined in Article 2 (the Right to Life) and Article 14 (Prohibition of Discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Human Rights Ombudsman welcomes that decision and states that the crime which took place in Hungary in 2004, and the 2012 pardon and de facto glorification of the criminal by Azerbaijan was a manifestation of the state policy of Armenophobia which has been expressed in all possible spheres of Azerbaijan for decades. Since 2004, Armenophobia in Azerbaijan has become more organized with the murderer Ramil Safarov’s behavior being portrayed by the Azerbaijani state propaganda and the Human Rights Commissioner as “the best example.” We continue to constantly witness such manifestations in official politics and policy, social life and Azerbaijani media.
Given that the people of the Republic of Artsakh are the primary target of the Armenophobia policy and continue to feel its negative consequences, the Ombudsman hopes that this decision of the ECHR and various steps taken by the international community will have a preventive effect on the dissemination of Armenophobia policy in Azerbaijan and for committing new crimes based on it. In this regard, it is highly desirable that each of such cases receive a proper legal and political assessment by international organizations and states that play a key role in the region.
Artsakh Republic Ombudsman Artak Beglaryan issued a statement on June 20 on the International Refugee Day. The statement particularly reads: “Due to the Azerbaijani policy of et......