The aim of this report is presenting to the international community, particularly, the international human rights organizations the facts and pieces of evidence on child casualties occurred as a result of attacks of armed forces of Armenia on civilian settlements in Azerbaijan since September 27, 2020.
The present Report is based on the results of 6 fact-finding missions carried out by the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan (HRCA), Sabina Aliyeva with the purpose to investigate on the spot the facts of gross violation of human rights. This report calls on international community to urgently react, to take necessary action to stop further human rights violations.
On September 27, 2020 the armed forces of Armenia, blatantly violating the ceasefire regime have launched another aggression against Azerbaijan, by intensively attacking the positions of the armed forces of Azerbaijan along the contact line, as well as by deliberate artillery shelling on densely populated residential areas of Tartar, Aghdam, Fuzuli and Jabrayil districts.
On the following days, Shamkir, Beylagan, Yevlakh, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Goranboy, Tartar, Barda, Aghjabadi, Ganja and other cities and districts were subjected to heavy bombardment, including with mid-range missiles.
As a result, there have been casualties among civilians including women and children. Extensive damage has been inflicted on many houses and other civilian infrastructure.
In total, more than 90 civilians, including 12 children were killed, and more than 450 civilians were wounded as a consequence of heavy artillery shelling, 50 out of which were children. More than 3410 houses, 120 multi-apartment residential buildings and 512 civilian infrastructure including numerous schools, hospitals, kindergartens were destroyed as a result of these attacks.
The methods of investigation are as follows:
1. The direct investigation by the Ombudsperson on the spot.
2. The investigation by the staff of the Ombudsman Office.
3. Responding to the appeals of civilians suffered from the military attacks of Armenia.
4. Using the trusted information resources.