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KHRP appears in Grand Chamber case of Chiragov and others v Armenia
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 10:14

KHRP is to appear before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on 15 September 2010 at 09:15 am (local time) in the case of Chiragov and others v Armenia. The case concerns the flight of the six applicants and their families, who are Azeri Kurds, from their villages in the Azerbaijan region of Lachin when it came under attack by Armenia in 1992. Since that time the Applicants have been unable to return to their homes and property and the area remains the subject of an international dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The capture of Lachin created approximately 30,000 Azeri displaced persons, many of whom have suffered severe psychological distress not only from the circumstances of their displacement but also from the loss of their livelihoods and the poor living conditions they and their families have had to cope with for more than 18 years in Baku and elsewhere.

The applicants claim to have been deprived of their right to peaceful enjoyment of their possessions as guaranteed by Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention of Human Rights (‘ECHR’, 'the Convention'). They further claim that their right to respect for private and family life under Article 8 of the Convention, as well as right the right to an effective remedy under Article 13 of the Convention, have been violated and finally that they were subjected to discrimination in their treatment by virtue of ethnic and religious affiliation as prohibited by Article 14 of the ECHR.

'This hearing will be of immense importance for the thousands of displaced Azeri as well as for all displaced people across Europe who have been forced to flee their homes because of state-orchestrated military campaigns. Its outcome will have consequences for the many existing vulnerable minority communities who happen to live on certain ethnic or political fault lines in Europe' said Kerim Yildiz, Chief Executive of the Kurdish Human Rights Project.

Follow the  hearing via webcast.