Red Cross holds talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia following the imprisonment of a child

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The International committee of the Red Cross has this week begun to hold talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia following the imprisonment of a 15 year old boy in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The talks are thought to be on the subject of the release of the captured boy, but exact details are currently unknown.

The ICRC visited with the 15 year old captive earlier this week in order to share information on his situation with his family. Mammadov Javid Samir, a citizen of Azerbaijan, was captured by Armenian forces in the conflicted Tartar region.

The talks come after the Azerbaijani ombudsman wrote a letter to the international organisation appealling for help in the situation. In the letter to the ICRC Human Rights Commissioner Elmira Suleymanova noted that:

“Hostage-taking of civilians poses a threat to people’s lives, violates their right of residence, freedom of movement and other rights. This violates the provisions of international documents on defence of human rights, civilian population, children, women, and the elderly during military conflicts.”

The exact reason for the boy’s imprisonment is yet unknown, although it is likely to be related to Armenian claims of trespassing in the area.

This incident is not the first time that the detainment of a prisoner has caused upset between the two countries, however the incident is the youngest case of a civilian captured as an individual since the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict began in 1988.

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