As a result of the blockade, Artsakh’s economy suffered a loss of $230 million 

  • by Western Armenia, April 14, 2023 in Society

On April 12, the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Artsakh published an updated version of the extraordinary trilingual report on violations of individual and collective human rights as a result of Azerbaijan’s four-month (122-day) blockade of Artsakh, excerpts of which we present:

Cases of two-way movement of people along the Stepanakert-Goris highway (Berdzor road) decreased by about 183 times.

About 12 times less vital goods were imported than they should have been (4,089 tons instead of 48,800 tons).

A total of 3,900 people, including 570 children, were unable to return home because of the blockade.

1060 citizens were deprived of the opportunity to solve their health problems through surgery.

Azerbaijan totally or partially cut off gas supply from Armenia to Artsakh for 56 days.

Electricity supply from Armenia to Artsakh was completely interrupted for 93 days.

According to preliminary estimates, about 10,300 people lost their jobs and source of income, which is more than 50% of the private sector workers.

The disruption of gas and electricity supplies led to unplanned deforestation, cutting down an additional 7,400 trees, which in turn will create problems in ensuring a healthy environment.

Approximately US$230 million has been damaged to the country’s economy.

A number of rights violations are most acute among representatives of vulnerable groups, namely: 30,000 children, 9,000 people with disabilities, 20,000 elderly people, 60,000 women (women and girls) and 15,000 displaced people.

The report can be found here.