A 76-years old civilian, Aziz Azizov was killed in Tovuz region of Azerbaijan by the Armenian Armed Forces’ shelling, AzVision.az reports.
Murder of civilians was included as a war crime in the Charter of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions prohibits “violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds of civilians and persons hors de combat”.
All four Geneva Conventions list “willful killing” of protected persons as a grave breach. The prohibition of murder is recognized as a fundamental guarantee by Additional Protocols I and II. Murder is also specified as a war crime under the Statute of the International Criminal Court with respect to both international and non-international armed conflicts and under the Statutes of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda and of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
The prohibition on killing civilians and persons hors de combat is set forth in numerous military manuals. It is also contained in the legislation of a large number of States. This prohibition has been upheld extensively in national and international case-law. Furthermore, it is supported by official statements and other practices.
Opening fire at civilians with heavy weapons clearly proves Armenian fascism and barbarism.
Back in earlier times, Armenian Armed Forces shelled the settlements with heavy weapons killing civilians and damaging the economy, property and living infrastructure.
The international community and the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs must react and strongly condemn the Armenian Armed Forces for targeting the Azerbaijani civilians and committing a war crimes.