UN human rights experts called for the prompt release of prisoners of war and other captives from the recent Nagorno Karabakh conflict, and for the return of bodies to families for burial. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports.

They mentioned that they are alarmed at allegations that prisoners of war and other protected people have been subjected to extrajudicial killing, enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment”.

“No exceptional circumstances whatsoever – whether a state of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency – may be invoked as a justification of torture and enforced disappearances,”. Such acts, when perpetrated in armed conflict, may also constitute war crimes,” experts reported.