Tens of hundreds of ethnic Armenians fled the area after Azeri forces seized the territory after a lightning offensive.
Judges on the prime UN courtroom have stated that Azerbaijan should permit ethnic Armenians who fled Nagorno-Karabakh throughout an Azerbaijani army takeover to return to their properties.
In a choice on Friday, the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice stated that earlier ethnic Armenian residents should be allowed again and that those that remained there should be stored protected.
“Azerbaijan should … make sure that individuals who’ve left Nagorno-Karabakh after September 19, 2023, and who want to return to Nagorno-Karabakh are ready to take action in a protected, unimpeded and expeditious method,” presiding decide Joan Donoghue stated.
Azerbaijan captured Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognised as Azeri territory, after defeating separatist ethnic Armenian fighters in a lightning marketing campaign in September. Because the assault, many of the area’s 120,000 ethnic Armenians have fled for neighbouring Armenia.
Yerevan has accused Azerbaijan of ethnic cleaning, whereas Baku has argued that it’s seizing management of a breakaway territory whose standing has been contested by way of a number of wars.
Azerbaijan’s assault was preceded by a greater than nine-month siege that choked off entry to important items for residents.
The courtroom additionally acknowledged that Azerbaijan should assure that these Armenians who stay in Nagorno-Karabakh “are free from the usage of pressure or intimidation which will trigger them to flee”.
Azerbaijan’s international ministry stated in a press release that it “is dedicated to upholding the human rights of the Armenian residents of Karabakh on an equal foundation with different residents of Azerbaijan”.
However many ethnic Armenians who fled have expressed doubts that they are going to be protected in the event that they return to the enclave, if they’re allowed again in any respect, below the rule of what they see as a hostile energy.