In a statement addressed to human rights defenders of different countries, Armenian Ombudsman Karen Andreasyan referred to violations committed by Azerbaijan and Hungary by extraditing and pardoning Azerbaijani murderer Ramil Safarov. The RA Ombudsman says Azerbaijan and Hungary violated the Armenian citizens' rights by extraditing the convicted officer.
"The decision to extradite the brutal murderer was made in breach of the spirit and principles of the 1983 Strasbourg Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. Under international law, the state is obliged to fulfill the provisions of the contract in good faith (pacta sunt servanda) but that didn't happen in this case. Even if we consider that Hungary has formally met the provisions of the Convention, there is again a violation of a relevant principle of international law as Hungary since it could and was to have foresees the consequences of its illegal decision.
The objectives of assigning a court punishment were ignored, with the objectives including reinstatement of social justice, correction of the person serving a sentence term and the prevention of future crimes.
This statement makes it senseless to refer to concrete cases of violation of the principles of human rights by Azerbaijan as they are obvious for everyone. Moreover, massive and systematic violations of human rights are well-known in Azerbaijan," said Mr. Andreasyan.
the Armenian Ombudsman calls on the International Ombudsman Institute, UN human rights organizations, the European Ombudsman Institute and human rights defenders in Frnancophone countries and Asia to strictly condemn Hungary's decision to extradite the person who committed murder against an ethnic background, as well as his predictable release and pardoning by the Azerbaijani authorities.
"The silence of progressive states and international organizations committed to democratic values indirectly justifies and encourages murders against an ethnic background," the he said.