Amnesty International has called for an independent investigation to identify the perpetrators of war crimes supposedly perpetrated by Azerbaijani and Armenian forces during the fighting Nagorno-Karabakh.
The NGO said it had confirmed and analyzed over twenty-five videos that revealed”extrajudicial executions, the mistreatment of prisoners of war and other captives, and desecration of the dead bodies of enemy troops”.
Injuries observable in the movies also have been independently supported by a health specialist, according to Amnesty.
A number of the records were shared over the previous 3 weeks by personal accounts and groups to the messaging platform, Telegram.
“The perpetrators – and any controlling officers who arranged, permitted or condoned these offenses – should be brought to justice,” said Amnesty International’s Denis Krivocheev at an announcement.
“The depravity and lack of humanity caught in such videos reveal the willful intention to cause eventual humiliation and harm to sufferers,” additional Krivosheev, the NGO’s Research Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
In general, the NGO says it’s authenticated twelve movies revealing abuses committed by the Armenian forces and ten from the Azerbaijani military.
Acts of violence against arrested individuals, such as prisoners of war, are illegal under international humanitarian law.
A fierce war between the Azeri military and Armenian separatists encouraged by Yerevan broke out at the end of September.
Armenia and Azerbaijan also accused each other of bombing civilian areas or using illegal weapons such as cluster bombs and phosphorus throughout the fighting.
The clashes, which lasted six months, led to over 5,000 deaths and concluded with the signing of a peace strategy arrangement on 9 November.