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KHRP Visits ECtHR Applicants in Baku

 On 22 September Catriona Vine, KHRP’s Legal Officer travelled to Baku, Azerbaijan to meet with applicants in cases pending against Armenia before the European Court of Human Rights. The Kurdish Human Rights Project is representing seven Azerbaijani Kurds who were forced to leave their homes in the town of Lachin when it was captured by Armenian Forces on 18 May 1992.

The applicants have been unable to return to their homes since that time. The applicants and their families live together with an estimated 154,000 persons displaced by the conflict in Baku. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has resulted in the displacement of an estimated 528,000 Azerbaijanis from Armenian occupied territories including Nagorno-Karabakh, while 220,000 Azeris, 18,000 Kurds and 3,500 Russians fled from Armenia to Azerbaijan from 1988 to 1989. The Applicants have submitted that Article 8, Article 13, Article 14 and Article 1, Protocol 1 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms have been violated by the Republic of Armenia. The case has been communicated to the Government of Armenia. Ms. Vine also met with the Ministry of Justice and discussed the 2005 detention and subsequent deportation of KHRP Executive Director Kerim Yildiz.