ECHR demands Azerbaijan present data on fate of Armenian POWs

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) says it is satisfied with Armenia’s application regarding the case for the protection of the rights of captive military personnel and detained civilians currently in Azerbaijan.

Armenia’s former Minister of Justice and human rights activist Artak Zeynalyan who represents the captives, said Saturday that ECHR will take urgent action.

“The European Court of Human Rights has requested data from the Government of Azerbaijan about their detention, their location, conditions of detention and medical care,” Zeynalyan wrote, noting that the court set two deadlines – November 30 and December 4, 2020 – for Azerbaijan to provide the information.

The captives in this case are Vahe Arakelyan, Hayk Arshatyan, Melkon Hovhannisyan, Artak Stepanyan, Nairi Ghukasyan, Erik Khachatryan, Robert Vardanyan, Narek Sirunyan, Karen Manukyan, and Arayik Galstyan. The arrested civilians are Jonik Tosyan, Edward Shahgeldyan, and Arega Shahgeldyan.

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