ALTERNATIVE REPORT TO THE COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINTATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION (CERD)

This report is submitted by the “Protection of Rights without Borders” NGO in advance of the review of the periodic report of Azerbaijan by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) at its 102th session.

This report focuses on Azerbaijan’s policy of racial discrimination and ethnic hatred against ethnic Armenians. Having been brought to the attention of international human rights organisations and confirmed as concerning by the latter on numerous occasions, including by the Committee, it not only persists as of today but have especially exacerbated in the context of the armed conflict that broke out on 27 September 2020 against the predominantly Armenian-populated the Artsakh Republic (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic).

The report points out facts regarding the policies of racial/ethnic hatred and discrimination against ethnic Armenians which demonstrate that the problems highlighted in the Committee’s Concluding Observations of 2016 have not been eliminated by Azerbaijan, that the recommendations have not been implemented, thus resulting in more profound and severe expressions of Armenophobia in Azerbaijan.

Alternative report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)