Statement by the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights on

20:12, Wednesday, 22 March, 2023
Statement by the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights on

the obstruction of the Lachin Corridor
     The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliament Assembly of the Council of Europe is
     greatly concerned by the humanitarian crisis unfolding due to the ongoing obstruction of the Lachin Corridor.
     This corridor is the lifeline between those living in Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, and the Committee fully
     supports the public statement made by the Parliamentary Assembly co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of
     Armenia on 24 February 2023, calling for “immediate action” and “the immediate cessation of the unlawful
     and illegitimate obstruction of the Lachin corridor”.
     The Committee also calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to implement without delay the measures
     addressed to it by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 22 February 2023 and of the European Court
     of Human Rights (ECtHR) of 21 December 2022 whose decisions noted the obligation on Azerbaijan under
     the Trilateral Statement, signed on 9 November 2020, to “guarantee the security of persons, vehicles and
     cargo moving along the Lachin Corridor in both directions” (Article 6 of the Trilateral Statement).1
     The Committee furthermore refers to other international statements addressed to the authorities of
     Azerbaijan on the same issue, including
     - the joint statement of the four co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
     Europe for the monitoring of Azerbaijan and Armenia of December 16, 2022, which states that
     “Freedom and security of movement of persons and goods must be urgently restored along the
     corridor. We call on all parties to the Trilateral Statement of 9-10 November 2020 to immediately take
     the necessary measures”, and
     - the European Parliament resolution of 19 January 2023 on the humanitarian consequences
     of the blockade in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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