Anahit Manasyan, a human rights defender from Eastern Armenia, tried to contact the Baku Human Rights Council, but to no avail. “I tried to make official contact, but we didn’t get a response,” Manasyan told reporters. He mentioned that the principles of presumption of innocence of Armenians imprisoned in Baku are violated at all levels. “From the beginning, they are described as criminals both at the state level and by citizens,” emphasized the HRD of Eastern Armenia. He said it was impossible to guarantee that a fair investigation of the cases would take place in Baku.

“Many bodies were transported from Artsakh, including civilians, bearing traces of torture or mutilation, and among them are children and women,” HRH said, stressing that it informed all international partners. She also published a report in English, which was also submitted to the court in The Hague.