HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER OF THE
REPUBLIC OF NAGORNO KARABAKH
The Nagorno Karabakh Republic recognizes the fundamental human rights and freedoms as inalienable and supreme value, for freedom, justice and peace.
CONSTITUTION OF THE NKR
The state guarantees the protection of individual and citizen’s rights and freedoms in accordance with the international human rights principles and norms. The state is sanctioned by those rights and freedoms directly in effect.
CONSTITUTION OF THE NKR
Artsakh’s Human Rights Defender Appoints Head of Department, Adviser
Shushi, Artsakh – The Human Rights Defender/Ombudsman of the Artsakh Republic, Mr. Ruben Melikyan, has appointed Mr. Artak Beglaryan as the Head of Department of his office. The Defender has also appointed Mr. Babken DerGrigorian as an adviser.
Under the new “Law Regarding the Human Rights Defender”, passed by the Artsakh Parliament on December 21, 2017, and enacted on February 1, 2018, The Ombudsman's staff has been restructured into two administrative units – the Department and the Secretariat. The Department will provide key legal and expert support, while the Secretariat will be tasked with carrying out the Ombudsman's day-to-day activities. Along with a number of other content and structural changes, the new law also allows the Human Rights Defender to appoint up to five advisers on a pro bono and voluntary basis. ... »Read more
The Human Rights Defender of Artsakh is in a visit to Budapest, Hungary, to attend an International Conference on “Victims of armed conflicts at the juncture of international humanitarian law and human rights law”. The Conference has been organized by the foreign affairs agencies of Hungary and Switzerland and is held on 11 May.
On 10 May Ruben Melikyan had meetings with the leadership and members of Armenian self-government in Hungary, with the Spokesman of the Armenian minority in the Hungarian Parliament Dr. Tamás Turgyán, as well as had an interview for the Armenian minority program, broadcasted by the Hungarian Public Radio.
While referring Ramil Safarov’s extradition issue, Mr. Melikyan highlighted its causal link with the atrocities conducted by Azerbaijani armed forces during the 2016 April War.
Mr. Melikyan particularly noted that Safarov's glorification was accompanied by the state encouragement to set his crime exemplary for the Azerbaijani youth, and the example was taken in April 2016.
The ombudsman added that Artsakh people also remember the thousands of Hungarian citizens, who raised their voice of protest against the decision to extradite Safarov. ... »Read more
Within the framework of the fact-finding mission conducted since May 2016, the Human Rights Defender of Artsakh examined the facts of shelling of a border village of Talish (on February 24 and 25), as well as the events at the Martuni portion of the Artsakhi-Azerbaijani Line of Contact (at the night of February 24 to 25).
In particular, on March 2 a visit was made to Talish village as a fact-finding mission, which included interviews with representatives of the administration and the tiny civilian population living in Talish. In addition, basing on a video published in YouTube on February 26, an interview was conducted in regard to the events of the night of February 24 to 25 at the Martuni portion of the Artsakhi-Azerbaijani Line of Contact. The interviewee was an Artsakh Defence Army (ADA) serviceman, assigned to conduct video-monitoring.
As a result of the fact-finding mission in Talish, it was established that in the morning hours of February 24 and in the late evening hours of February 25, the Azerbaijani side fired a total of about 15 shells that exploded in the air and seriously endangered the inhabitants of the village. The main part of the shells exploded in the center of the village, near the school building. In other words, Azerbaijan carried out indiscriminate attacks towards civilian objects.... »Read more
EOI - STATEMENT ON THE ARREST AND EXTRADITION OF Mr. ALEXANDER LAPSHIN AND PROTECTION OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH
It is a matter of deep concern that a journalist and blogger Mr. Alexander Lapshin was arrested and then extradited.
The described situation tends to turn to an unacceptable situation violating freedom of expression and media.
Considering the fact that visits of civil society actors and journalists to Nagorno-Karabakh have invaluable significance in humanitarian sense and providing objective information about the situation there. Any action towards territorial limitation for fulfilling media representatives’ democratic mission is strongly condemnable. This decision on A. Lapshin’s extradition is a real threat to freedom of expression and media that lie at the heart of European values, as well as seriously endangers human rights values. ... »Read more
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