Amnesty requires probe into civilian casualties on Nagorno-Karabakh battle

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Rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to instantly examine the usage of “inaccurate and indiscriminate weapons” in civilian areas throughout the current preventing over the Nagorno-Karabakh area, saying such assaults violated worldwide legislation.
Armenia and Azerbaijan, two former Soviet republics, have been concerned in a territorial battle since they gained independence within the 1990s. Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan, however is traditionally an ethnic Armenian area, has been the focus of the battle between the 2 nations.
More than 2,000 folks have died because the preventing broke out on September 27, together with many civilians. The six weeks of fierce preventing ended on November 10 with a Moscow-brokered ceasefire, beneath which Azerbaijan reclaimed a lot of the area together with surrounding areas. The peace deal prompted mass protests in Armenia.
Amnesty mentioned it had analyzed “18 strikes by Armenian and Azerbaijan forces which unlawfully killed civilians”, and “visited dozens of strike sites” on either side after the peace deal was signed.
Both sides have denied concentrating on civilians throughout the battle “despite incontrovertible evidence that they have both done so,” utilizing internationally banned cluster munitions and different explosive weapons “with wide area effects”, the watchdog mentioned in a report on Wednesday.
According to the watchdog, Armenian forces used “inaccurate ballistic missiles, unguided multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS), and artillery,” whereas Azerbaijani forces “also used unguided artillery and MLRS”. Both sides additionally used cluster munitions, that are banned beneath the worldwide Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Human Rights Watch additionally mentioned that either side to the Nagorno-Karabakh battle had “committed violations of international humanitarian law that unlawfully harmed civilians”.