Lemkin Institute Voices Support For Artsakh Rights to Self-Determination to Avoid Genocide

By Asbarez | Saturday, 26 November 2022

The Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention voiced its solidarity with and support for the right to self-determination of the people of Artsakh, saying that it is the only path to avoid another genocide.

In a statement issued on Thursday and entitled “Self-Determination of Armenians in Artsakh (South Caucasus): There is No Peace or Prosperity through Genocide,” the international human rights group also voiced its solidarity with the people of Artsakh.

“The Lemkin Institute voices its solidarity with and support for the people of the Republic of Artsakh, who turned out in Stepanakert on October 30th in historic numbers to rally for the self-determination of the territory,” said the statement.

The institute added that the right to self-determination is one of the most important fundamentals of the international legal system along with the equal sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, stating “the people of Artsakh deserve to have their calls for self-determination heard and taken seriously by the international community.”

The statement also briefly presents the history of the change in status of Artsakh, the two Artsakh Wars and the resulting situation.

The Institute also said that the international community should not ignore “the consequences of the Armenian genocide in the region, which completely eradicated the Armenian presence in Western Armenia,” as well as “the ongoing and unchecked genocidal hostility of Azeri nationalists towards Armenians.”

“What the Western world, and particularly NATO, fails to understand is that ‘giving up’ Artsakh would mean condoning genocide against Armenians—the forced displacement and persecution of Armenians, widespread atrocity crimes, destruction of cultural heritage, and one of the largest humanitarian crises in the Caucasus region in the past decades, involving a huge influx of refugees to Armenia proper. Importantly, given the current red flags for genocide in Turkey and Azerbaijan, as well as what we know about the genocidal process in general, it is inconceivable that ‘giving up’ Artsakh will put an end to conflict in the region, much less lead to peace and prosperity,” the statement emphasized.

The Lemkin Institute also called for the creation of an independent international commission to study the issues involved in Artsakh, with the aim of establishing a just outcome and a stable peace.