Azərbaycan Respublikasının İnsan Hüquqları üzrə Müvəkkilinin (Ombudsmanın) erməni hərbçiləri tərəfindən Fariz Bədəlovun qətlə yetirilməsi ilə bağlı BƏYANATI
As it is known, on March 8 of the current year a nine-year-old child Fariz Badalov was shot in the head by Armenian sniper from occupied territory of Aghdam district and became next victim of Armenian aggression lasting for 20 years. It is a horrible act of not only Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan aimed at ethnic cleansing but also of international war history.
While women all over the world were celebrating the day dedicated to their rights and solidarity, the Armenians committed inhuman act once again proving their savagery and made one more mother to mourn and cry. It filled with indignation all Azerbaijani women, children and youth.
Unfortunately, Fariz Badalov is only one of thousands children among civilian population killed by Armenian armed forces. Thus, as a result of Armenian aggression, 20% of the country lands were occupied, human rights and freedoms of more than 20 000 innocent people, including children, enshrined in international legal norms and acts were violated; a huge number of them were tortured and murdered, thousands of adults, hundreds of children were taken hostage.
Contrary to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, the people were not even given any safe corridor to leave the zone of hostilities, the occupied territories. In spite of the agreement on cease-fire from 1994, Armenian armed forces regularly violate this regime and kill or capture Azerbaijani servicemen and civilians.
According to the Article 6 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted by majority of world countries, including Armenia, States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life and shall ensure to all possibilities for the survival and development of each child. The need of children in special care, protection of their rights and provision of security during the war were also emphasized in the Geneva Convention on Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War from 12 August, 1949. Condemning the targeting of children in situations of armed conflict and considering the necessity of strengthening the protection of children from involvement into armed conflict the Optional Protocol on Involvement of Children into Armed Conflicts to the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the Resolution 54/263 of the UN General Assembly on 25 May 2000. At the same time the position of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict was established.
The Protocol stresses the necessity of security conditions for the protection of children, in particular during armed conflicts and foreign occupation. Armenia committing inhuman act of child murder should be brought into responsibility for the violation of the above-mentioned international legal documents, and the UN should apply appropriate sanctions against the aggressor.
Simultaneously, Armenia does not observe the resolutions of the UN Security Council and General Assembly on liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas as well as recommendations and resolutions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Consequently, Armenia infringes one of the principles of international law – the principle of conscious observance of international obligations. This may put in doubt the effectiveness of international organizations’ activities and damage people’ belief and hope in them.
Although, every year the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Azerbaijan submits statements on Armenian aggression, Khojaly genocide, 31 March genocide of Azerbaijanis and tragedy of 20 January to international organizations, as well as the Ombudsmen of different countries, embassies, the world community has not given legal assessment or demonstrated any attitude towards these issues.
No one should be indifferent to such cruelty, ruthlessness and inhumanity.
The Azerbaijani people also want to live in peace and restore their violated rights. In this regard, we address the world community and call to support our just cause.
We believe that each person from world community will condemn this inhuman act resulted in killing of innocent child and in fact being directed against all children worldwide, also raise the protest, take measures within their responsibility for preventing such cases in any country.
Professor Elmira Suleymanova
Commissioner for Human Rights
of the Republic of Azerbaijan
March 11. 2011
The statement was addressed to the UN Secretary-General, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, European Commission, Council of Europe, OSCE, International and European Ombudsman Institutions, Asian Ombudsman Association, the Azerbaijan embassies in foreign countries and foreign countries embassies in Azerbaijan as well as Azerbaijan Diasporas.