A year after Karabakh war : Armenian war crimes are still unpunished

Untold India October 16, 2021

By Cavid Shahverdiyev In response to the military aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan, from September 27, 2020, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan began the Patriotic War for the liberation of occupied territories under the leadership of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief. In the struggle to preserve the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, the soldiers, officers and the people as a whole, with their determination, will and unity, united under the Azerbaijani national flag inflicted a crushing defeat on the enemy. However, unable to withstand the victorious march of the Azerbaijani army, the Armenian armed forces resorted to provocations and committed war crimes by targeting civilian infrastructure at several places inside Azerbaijan. Faced with heavy defeats in the battlefield, Armenia reacted to every new success of Azerbaijani army, in such a cowardly way. The Armenian army has repeatedly struck the Azerbaijani cities and towns far from the battlefield, there were no military facilities and where only civilians lived, which ultimately led to the mass casualties of the civilian population. The first such attack occurred on October 4, 2020, resulting in the death of one civilian and more than 30 civilians injured. The second missile strike occurred on October 5, 2020. As a result of the attack, three civilians were injured. The third missile attack took place on October 8, 2020. The fourth rocket attack occurred on October 11, 2020, killing 10 civilians and injuring more than 40. The attack took place one day after the signing of the Russia-brokered ceasefire agreement and that led to the first violation of the ceasefire agreement by the Armenian side. The fifth rocket attack on civilians occurred on October 17, 2020. As a result of rocket attacks on civilians, 16 people were killed, 55 were injured. Also, as a result of rocket attacks by the Armenian Armed Forces on October 27, 2020 in the village of Garayusifli in the Barda region and on October 28 in the city of Barda, 27 people were killed and more than 70 were injured. From September 27, 2020 to October 30, 2020, more than 182 points became enemy targets, and more than 27,000 shells and 218 missiles were fired at these points. The largest number of rockets was fired at the cities of Goranboy, Fizuli, Barda and Ganja, while the cities of Tartar and Aghdam suffered from the largest number of bullet strikes. However, the most injured were in Barda – 27, Ganja – 26 and Tartar – 17. As a result of the missiles fired by Armenia from September 27 to October 30. As a result 98 civilians died, 414 were injured, 2,442 houses were destroyed, 92 high-rise buildings and 423 civilian objects. Among the dead were children, elderly men and women. As a result of the strikes, 13 commercial infrastructure and facilities were also damaged. 17 religious sites were damaged, including mosques, churches and cemeteries. Also, 3 historical monuments in Ganja, Tartar and Aghdam were also damaged. By targeting the civilian population, Armenia also violated the 1949 Geneva Conventions. These conventions and the protocols annexed to them establish the right to provide assistance to the civilian population and, in general, to ensure the proper treatment of persons protected by humanitarian law. The infliction of strikes against the civilian population by the enemy was in itself considered a terrorist act and shocked the whole world. Moreover, the implementation of these measures with the use of prohibited weapons doubled Armenian aggression. The rockets fired by the Armenians at Azerbaijani cities were cluster-type rockets, the use of which is prohibited in densely populated areas and settlements. Thus, Armenia grossly violated the international treaty of the Cluster Weapons Convention (CCM). Switzerland, as President of the Convention on Cluster Weapons, has stated that it is very concerned about reports of the alleged use of cluster munitions in the Karabakh conflict. Switzerland urged parties to the conflict to fully comply with international humanitarian law and not to use cluster munitions. The Swiss government said it regrets the use of ammunition, even though 10 years have passed since the entry into force of the Cluster Weapons Convention. It should be noted that the Armenian side used chemical weapons during the Khojaly genocide, as well as against prisoners and hostages during the occupation of Azerbaijani territories in 1991-92, who died. The bodies of the victims showed signs of the use of chemical weapons, which served as evidence that the Armenians used chemical weapons against these people. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have also confirmed attacks on Azerbaijani civilians and infrastructure using banned cluster bombs. After that, in accordance with the requirements of the international convention, preventive measures should be taken against activities, including the use, development, production, acquisition, collection and storag

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Hindus in Bangladesh may face reactions, Sheikh Hasina warns india on communal violence

Untold India October 17, 2021

India should remain vigilant against escalation of any communal violence, ‘Incidents’ could influence Hindu community in Bangladesh Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday, during a virtual interaction with members of the Hindu community said the country expects that nothing happens in India, which could influence any situation in Bangladesh affecting the Hindu community there. “You all know that those who came to power in our country after 1975 used religion to divide people… The rise of global terrorism also has had its impact on our country. Countering this is not only our responsibility, and neighbouring countries like India should also remain vigilant… India did help us in the liberation war (of 1971) and we will remain ever grateful for the support… But they (India) have to be aware that such incidents should not take place there which would have an impact on Bangladesh, and the Hindus in our country face attacks,” the Telegraph quoted the Bangladeshi Premier as saying. “Some people are religiously blind and they always want to create communal conflicts. These people belong not only to the Muslim community, but belong to other religious faiths as well,” The Independent quoted Hasina as saying. She also vowed to take action against people who vandalised some Hindu temples during Durga Puja celebrations. “The incidents in Comilla are being thoroughly investigated. Nobody will be spared. It doesn’t matter which religion they belong to. They will be hunted down and punished,” Sheikh Hasina said while addressing the Hindu community during an event at Dhakeshwari National Temple in Dhaka. “We are getting a large amount of information. This is an era of technology and those involved in the incident will definitely be tracked down with the use of the technology,” she added. During Durga Puja celebrations in Bangladesh, some Hindu temples were vandalised by unidentified persons, killing at least four people.

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