International legal foundations for the independence of the republic of Artsakh

(1) The independence of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) has its authoritative legal basis under international law in the principle of the right of peoples to self-determination.
Its respect and implementation is expressly recognized as one of the goals of the United Nations (Art. 1 No. 2; Art. 55 UN Charter). The legal content of the principle is determined by the identically worded Article 1, Paragraph 1 of the two United Nations International Covenants of December 16, 1966, which came into force in 1976, on civil and political or economic, social and cultural rights. It consists in the “right of all peoples to decide freely and without outside interference about their political status and to shape their economic, social and cultural development”.

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I recognize Artsakh!

“We are Artsakh. We exist. Our existence is an undeniable fact, just like your own. 

We have an ancient tradition. During baptism, a person receives a name and a small cross on a woven red and white thread. It is a symbol of spiritual birth, a reminder of the obligation to resist evil. Thus, by naming someone we recognize one’s existence.

Today, evil has come to our frontiers. It cuts our roots and destroys our churches, trampling on and denying the very fact of our existence. Evil has no home of its own – it roams in the lowlands of indifference, always ready to strike. Until we are recognized, evil will try to destroy us, certain that no one will notice.

Evil has no place in the highlands of Artsakh. From experience we know that if we retreat, it will fill the space we leave behind, and then, changing its disguise, will knock on everyone’s door. We have accepted the battle and will hold our ground.

Artsakh is Us. We exist. Call us by our name.

From the manifesto of the civil initiative «I RECOGNIZE ARTSAKH»

Turkey’s Syrian Mercenaries in Azerbaijan “Feel Tricked” as Bodies Pile Up

On September 22nd, I received several reports from sources inside the Syrian National Army (SNA), the umbrella organization of all Syrian opposition factions backed by Turkey, that the first deployment of SNA men to Azerbaijan had taken place. For months before this, rumors that Turkey would be sending militants to Azerbaijans had been swirling among the SNA. “The men were taken to Turkey, forced to shave their beards and wear civilian clothes, and then they began their journey,” a Hamza Division militant in Afrin said.

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Artsakh-Armenia Tourist Flights Launched

STEPANAKERT, Artsakh—The Artsakh Republic recently launched flights on the path to increase tourism between Artsakh and Armenia. The Artsakh Foreign Ministry was asked to comment on the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s May 25 statement criticizing the operation of the flights in Artsakh, stating that it is an “illegal economic activity.”

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