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NGO report accuses Turkey and Azerbaijan of genocidal intent in Nagorno-Karabakh

The Christian Post states a new report by International Christian Concern accuses Muslim-majority Turkey and Azerbaijan of having an intent to commit “genocide” when they launched a week-long military offensive in an ethnic Armenian territory last year.


The report asserts that the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (known as the Republic of Artsakh in Armenia), which lasted from September until November 2020, had strong religious freedom concerns that should alarm human rights advocates and governments worldwide. 

According to ICC, Turkey and Azerbaijan destroyed churches and other religious sites, abused prisoners of war and hired known extremists, including members of the Islamic State, as mercenaries to help regain control of Nagorno-Karabakh. 

The disputed territory is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has been controlled by ethnic Armenians for decades. 

“Chatter on the Syrian side showed that they were being recruited using jihad terminology against Christians,” the ICC reports.

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