The statement of the Armenian Security Council on the Goris-Kapan and Kapan-Chakaten roads violates the Constitution of Armenia and internationally recognized human rights. This is stated in the statement of the Armenian Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan.

The statement of the Security Council refers to unspecified maps of the USSR. On this basis, it is claimed that the sections of these roads are not located on the territory of the Republic of Armenia. Further, the statement says about the creation of a network of alternative roads, which, in essence, allows the control of the Azerbaijani side over these roads.

“According to the Armenian Ombudsman, this statement completely ignores human rights, as well as grossly violates the vital rights of the Armenian population guaranteed by the Constitution and recognized by international law,” the statement reads.

Here Tatoyan refers to article 2 of the Constitution, which states that respect and protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens is the duty of the state authorities. Part 1 of Article 191 notes that the Ombudsman of Armenia monitors the observance of human rights and freedoms by state and municipal authorities, and promotes the restoration of these rights. Article 52 of the Constitution notes the right of citizens to support the Ombudsman in such cases.

    The statement of the Security Council also ignores the official OSCE guide of December 19, 2017 on the delimitation and demarcation of state borders, as well as the guide of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights when defining borders. These documents record the observance of human rights as an obligatory component of any process of differentiation, Tatoyan added.

    The Office of the Ombudsman of Armenia, from the beginning of the war in September-November 2020 until today, including in connection with the installation of Azerbaijani so-called customs and control points on the Goris-Kapan and Kapan-Chakaten road sections, with field visits and monitoring, as well as investigation of complaints from the population, received facts about violations of the right to security and free movement, physical and psychological integrity of the population, property and economic activity, children’s rights, the statement says.

    There are also earlier facts of arbitrary road closures, including on August 25-27, as well as threats with weapons against Armenian cars, stopping a bus with children for the purpose of intimidation, collecting illegal payments from Iranian citizens who are legally in Armenia, and so on.

    As for the Kapan-Chakaten road, after the installation of the so-called Azerbaijani post, six villages of the Kapan municipality faced difficult humanitarian problems: Chakaten, Shikaoh, Srashen, Tsav, Nerkin Hand and Shishkert. The presence of Azerbaijani armed soldiers on various sections of this road has restricted the free movement of citizens, cases of them entering the road with weapons and masks have been recorded, including on November 14. On February 26, this road was closed for several hours due to the provocation of the Azerbaijani armed forces.

    “The construction of alternative roads does not remove the security issues of residents of border villages. Representatives of the Azerbaijani services who killed our military and civilians during the war and were not punished for it are located on the Goris-Kapan and Kapan-Chakaten roads,” the statement reads. The Armenian authorities are obliged to take into account all of the above when making public statements, the Ombudsman summed up.

The Armenian authorities are obliged to take into account the above-mentioned when making public statements, the Ombudsman concluded.