As a reply to the next military provocation committed against the country by armed forces of the Republic of Armenia on September 27, 2020, the armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan had started counter-attack operations and had liberated the lands belonging to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
As a result of successful military operations conducted by the army, the military forces of Armenia were destroyed. To compensate for the loss on the battlefield the Government of Armenia started to attack civilian populations living in the cities and districts out of the war zone with different types of heavy weapons including artillery and ballistic rockets.
Those targeted attacks killed civilians including women and children, causing damage to the property of the population as well as infrastructure facilities on a large scale. These attacks were against humankind and comes under military crimes.
The second-largest city of Azerbaijan Ganja faced heavy artillery and rocket attacks during the dates of October 4, 5, 8, 11, and 17. In general, as a result of these horrible terroristic acts 26 persons lost their lives, 175 persons were wounded, and a huge number of civil infrastructure facilities and vehicles faced significant damage.
In general, based on the order of the Government of Armenia not only Ganja and Barda but also Yevlakh, Beylagan, Tartar, Gabala, Goranboy, Aghjabadi, Khizi, and other cities and districts were attacked with ballistic rockets and other types of heavy artillery weapons. As a result of this military aggression 454 civilians were wounded, 93 civilians died including 12 children and 27 women, a total of 12.292 residential and non-residential areas as well as 288 vehicles had been significantly damaged.
Because of this above-mentioned reasons, The NGOs of Azerbaijan with the deep feeling of concern would like to attract the attention of the international community to the crimes committed against mankind by the political and military government of Armenia a year ago and are stating that the international humanitarian law especially Geneva Convention adopted in 1949 had been seriously violated.
The NGOs that are active in Azerbaijan who is signing this appeal on behalf of civil society of the country would like to apply to human rights protection organizations, NGOs, media representatives, parliament members, and governments all over the world calling them to express their protest regarding the military crimes committed against the civil population of Azerbaijan by Armenia and to announce this type of military acts against the civil population as unacceptable.
49 NGOs of the country signed this appeal during a ceremony held in Ganja city of the Republic of Azerbaijan.