Armenia’s Ombudsman addresses UN over captured soldier’s breach of human rights

Images recently released show the apparent mistreatment of Petrosyan at the hands of Azerbaijani forces.

Images recently released show the apparent mistreatment of Petrosyan at the hands of Azerbaijani forces.

Armenia’s official human rights defender, Ombudsman of the Republic of Armenia Karen Andreasyan, has this week written a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights addressing the case of Armenian citizen Karen Petrosyan, who was captured and killed by Azerbaijani forces in recent conflicts in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Andreasyan claims that the captured Armenian man was subject to humiliation and torture at the hands of Azerbaijani military, a claim that Azerbaijan denies.

Almost 3 weeks have passed since the reported death of Petrosyan, whose body has yet to be returned to Armenian authorities in what Ombudsman Andreasyan claims in an attempt to hide evidence of torture.

In the letter to the UN Andreasyan claimed that the Armenian citizen’s human rights were violated at the hands of Azerbaijani forces and discussed the incident, which Armenia sees as a breach of the Geneva Convention.

Armenia has demanded the immediate release of Petrosyan’s remains and have urged the UN to condemn the supposed actions of Azerbaijani forces.

Azerbaijan denies any claims of torture or illegal imprisonment, claiming that Petosyan was captured in Azerbaijani territory and held as an Armenian saboteur. Following his recent death Azerbaijani authorities have stated that Petrosyan died from sudden heart failure.

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