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UK Parliament Focuses Azerbaijan's Victims of Nagorno-Karabakh War

By Nazrin Gadimova December 23, 2016


German photographer Philipp Rathmer standing in front of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) Khojaly poster / TEAS

The British Parliament took up the tragedy of the nearly one million Azerbaijanis that were forced to leave their homes as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in early 1990s. The debates took place Tuesday, just prior to the Christmas adjournment.

“The conflict there has been going on for far too long. It is a forgotten conflict, and unfortunately the position of Armenia, Russia and their allies has not helped the overall situation,” Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East said addressing the parliament.

Started by Armenia, Azerbaijan’s western neighbor, the Nagorno-Karabakh war claimed the lives of thousands of Azerbaijanis. During the war tens of thousands of Azerbaijanis were murder and ethnically cleansed. In addition, nearly one million people were displaced by the Armenian military. These people were granted refugee status and temporally resettled throughout Azerbaijan.

“This year, the APPG for Azerbaijan went to see one of the camps that have been set up for these people. They are suffering very greatly through no fault of their own. It is time that human rights and shared values were restored to that part of the world,” said Blackman.

The Chair of the Azerbaijan All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), MP Blackman visited refugees camps in August, 2016, together with other British officials, Blackman also attended the Five Roads Back Home exhibition, held in London on November 24th. The exhibition, organized by the European Azerbaijan Society, featured Philipp Rathmer’s portraits of the internally displaced Azerbaijanis.