A Christian advocacy group is urging President Biden to intervene within the Nagorno-Karabakh battle to cease a possible genocide from occurring.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars prior to now 30 years over Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally acknowledged as a part of Azerbaijan however dwelling to a big Armenian inhabitants within the Caucasus Mountains. Tensions have spiraled between the 2 ex-Soviet neighbors over the blockade of the one street giving direct entry to Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia.
In a letter despatched to President Biden on Wednesday morning, the Philos Project supported calls from the Armenian National Committee of America in asking for U.S. intervention to forestall Azerbaijan from persecuting Christians within the area as battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues.
“Day by day the scenario in Nagorno-Karabakh grows extra dire, as routine shipments of primary provides, medicines, and meals provide on which the area is totally dependent stay utterly shut off, save a handful of International Red Cross humanitarian convoys,” the letter acknowledged. “Soon the scenario will develop into untenable for the 120,000 Armenians” within the area.
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The Philos Project has urged the Biden administration to “put human rights on the heart of its international coverage” and to “make good” on his recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire and “avert a second Armenian Genocide by taking decisive motion now.”
“Though thinly disguised as work of eco-activists protesting mining operations, the blockade’s intent was laid naked by President Aliyev’s supply that the street out was open to any Armenians who wished to go away,” the letter careworn. “Ethnic cleaning…not eco-activism.”
Azeri President Ilham Aliyev denied that the Lachin hall, which hyperlinks Nagorno-Karabk to Armenia, was topic to a blockade, insisting as a substitute that officers within the area needed to halt a mining undertaking that’s the important purpose for disrupting site visitors, Reuters reported.
The Azerbaijan Embassy within the U.S. didn’t reply to a Fox News Digital request for remark by time of publication.
During an orthodox Christmas tackle this month, Aliyev pushed again towards the accusations, saying that Azerbaijan is “a place of origin for everybody who lives right here no matter language, faith and ethnicity. Relations of friendship and fraternity between separate peoples and religions, that are primarily based on mutual respect and belief, have been established in our nation, which is reigned by a excessive tradition of co-existence.”
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The Azerbaijan structure additionally stresses that the federal government can not intervene in spiritual actions, empowering each authorities and residents to fight “spiritual extremism” and “radicalism,” particularly giving the federal government energy to dissolve spiritual organizations that trigger racial, nationwide, spiritual or social animosity, in accordance with a 2022 report by the U.S. State Department.
Russia has mentioned that it “continues painstaking and troublesome work with each Armenia and Azerbaijan” to resolve the dispute and blockade, however European officers criticized Moscow for a basic passivity on the difficulty that has allowed it to develop so far.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken requested the president of Azerbaijan on Monday to redouble efforts to clinch a peace settlement with Armenia, however human rights teams have began to name on Biden to do extra.
“Azerbaijan is making the most of a distracted Russia to power the remaining Armenians out of Nagorno-Karabakh,” Sam Brownback, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, advised Fox News Digital. “This blockade is meant to make Nagorno-Karabakh uninhabitable by this historical, principally Christian, inhabitants.”
“The United States, Europe and the remainder of the world should not enable this to occur,” he added. “The blockade should finish shortly and never be repeated.”
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The Armenian National Committee of America posted on its web site the 14 threat components for genocide tracked by the United Nations are actually current within the area. The group accused the federal government of Azerbaijan of selling official hatred and impunity for atrocities dedicated towards the Armenians within the area.
Estonian MEP Marina Kaljurand urged Azerbaijan to additionally chorus from utilizing “high-level inflammatory rhetoric,” which helped discriminate towards Armenians, and the European Parliament has known as on the Azerbaijani authorities to raise the blockade, however to this point there have been no indicators of change, in accordance with Open Democracy.
Bashir Kitachayev, an unbiased journalist from Azerbaijan with a deal with the Azerbaijani-Armenian battle, wrote that any Armenians within the area who would take Azerbaijani citizenship would face “rampant Anti-Armenian sentiment, or Armenophobia, fueled by the state.”
“The nation should take actual steps in direction of democracy and reject a national-patriotic id primarily based on hatred of Armenians,” Kitachayev wrote, criticizing the federal government for “exacerbating a humanitarian disaster … when it could possibly be creating situations for peace.”
Reuters contributed to this report.