Artsakh human rights defender Gegham Stepanyan came with a statement. “According to the information gathered by the staff of the human rights defender, on March 5 at about 10:00 a.m., a subversive group of the Azerbaijani armed forces attacked the car of the passport and visa department of the Police of the Republic of Artsakh, as a result of which, according to the currently verified data, 3 people were killed, one was wounded. Under the conditions of the two-and-a-half-month blockade, the Azerbaijani side resorted to armed attacks in recent days, targeting citizens and agricultural machinery in different directions.

Azerbaijan’s actions, crimes against the physical and psychological integrity of the people of Artsakh, gross violations of human rights prove that it has not given up the complete depopulation of Artsakh by force and genocidal goals against the people of Artsakh.

Azerbaijan’s aspirations and goals of ethnic cleansing of Artsakh should be more than obvious to the entire international community, first and foremost the member states of the UN Security Council as the structure responsible for maintaining international peace, as well as the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group (Russia, USA, France).

Ignoring the appeals of the international community and not respecting the decision of the UN Court of Justice is a clear indication that the international community is no longer dealing with a criminal regime and an entity that brazenly ignores and discredits international law, and the only way to convince it is to put in place deterrent and punitive measures.”