Armenia’s Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan has shared a video showing the Azerbaijani soldiers humiliating an elderly man, an ethnic Armenian, and subjecting him to overtly inhumane treatment with exceptional cynicism.
“They do it just because this person is an ethnic Armenian. Hatred in Azerbaijan is so systematic and is so highly encouraged by the state that these servicemen do not care that the person is helpless, that he is old, or has human dignity,” the Ombudsman said.
On the contrary, he said, they treat people this way and then largely spread videos or photos of this treatment through social networks to earn public praise and imaginary “heroism” in their own society.
“One important fact: this act is not a separate crime committed by a group of soldiers, but an integral part of the system of large-scale torture and atrocities, cruelties during the September-November 2020 war being encouraged at high levels in Azerbaijan,” Arman Tatoyan said.
According to him “this is another evidence of Azerbaijani systematic policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide through terroristic methods in Artsakh.”
“Such acts are not only absolutely forbidden under all internationally requirements known to humanity, but they do not even fit into the human imagination,” the Ombudsman noted.
The Human Rights Defenders of Armenia and Artsakh will duly document this evidence and present it to the international bodies.