Azerbaijan said it will bring legal proceedings to hold Armenia to account for systematic violations of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), Leyla Abdullayeva from the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Trend News Agency on Friday.
"Since Azerbaijan brought Armenia’s illegal occupation to an end, we have been carefully documenting and compiling evidence of gross human rights violations against Azerbaijanis. This includes Armenia’s targeting of Azerbaijanis for the expulsion, torture, murder, and serious mistreatment based on their ethnic origin as Azerbaijanis," Abdullayeva said.
"Since the Trilateral Statement was signed, Armenia has continued to breach the ICERD by preventing Azerbaijani internally displaced persons (IDPs) from returning to their homes through indiscriminate mining of the former occupied territories and refusing to provide mine maps to Azerbaijan. We will not tolerate these grave breaches of ICERD by Armenia and will be seeking justice under international law as soon as possible," she added.
When new clashes erupted on Sept. 27, 2020, the Armenian army launched attacks on civilians and Azerbaijani forces and violated several humanitarian cease-fire agreements.
During the 44-day conflict, Azerbaijan liberated several cities and some 300 settlements and villages after a nearly three-decade occupation.
On Nov. 10, 2020, the two countries signed a Russian-brokered agreement to end the fighting and work toward a comprehensive resolution.