Another international delegation has come to Baku on an official visit by invitation of Azerbaijani Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsperson) Sabina Aliyeva to investigate crimes of Armenia in previously occupied Azerbaijani territories [until their liberation in the 2020 Second Karabakh War], according to the Ombudsman’s Office.

Armenia’s war crimes against Azerbaijan, the facts of destruction of cultural monuments, and the consequences of environmental terror will be assessed by a delegation of experts led by the chairman of the Independent Permanent Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

On September 23, the delegation and the head of the Ombudsman’s Office of Azerbaijan, member of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the OIC Aydin Safikhanli visited the Alley of Honor and the Alley of Martyrs in Baku.

First, the members of the delegation visited the grave of the national leader Heydar Aliyev on the Alley of Honor, and then the grave of the prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

After that, the memory of the martyrs who died for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan was honored on the Alley of Martyrs.

The public will be informed about the official meetings and assessment missions that will be held during the visit.

Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation from late Sept. to early Nov. 2020, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia’s PM, and the president of Russia.

A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Karabakh conflict were introduced on Nov. 10, 2020.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.