Today, Josef Siegele, the Secretary General of the European Ombudsman Institute called on Azerbaijan to immediately release all Armenian prisoners of war and civilians held in Azerbaijan.
His message reads as follows,
“I call on Azerbaijan to immediately release all Armenian prisoners of war and civilians held captive in Azerbaijan from the recent war in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Everyone deprived of their liberty for reasons related to the armed conflict should be returned immediately after the cessation of hostilities and without any preconditions.
It should be considered exclusively in the context of human rights and the humanitarian process as an international requirement which is to be automatically applied.
Delaying the return of Armenian prisoners of war and civilians undermines human dignity and seriously violates the fundamental requirements guaranteed by the Geneva Conventions. This grossly undermines the post-war humanitarian processes and the international human rights mandates.
The release of the captives and their safe return require immediate resolution.”