Azerbaijan’s Military Aggression against Artsakh violates all Norms of Humanitarian Law: Constructive Dialogue Network of Armenian CSOs

Early in the morning of 27 September, Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire and initiated large-scale air and artillery attacks along the whole border-line, resulting in dozens of casualties and significant losses in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). The civilian population of Martakert, Martuni, Stepanakert and other towns and villages, including a child, fell victim to the armed attack of Azerbaijan. The Vardenis community of the Gegharkunik region of the Republic of Armenia, as well as civilian infrastructures, including schools and houses, were targeted by the Azerbaijani military operations. In such circumstances, in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions and customary International Humanitarian Law, the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan has created a real threat to the life and health of women, children and the entire population of Artsakh.


At the same time, the involvement of Azerbaijan in the deployment of such a large amount of military arsenal, as well as a combination of a number of other evidences proves that this armed attack was planned by the latter with the support and participation of Turkey in advance.


This military aggression, in addition to gross violation of fundamental human rights and humanitarian norms, also violates internationally recognized values, which prioritize the right to life, the exclusion of all forms of discrimination, the prohibition of torture, and strongly condemn mass exterminations conditioned by national self-determination. Such armed aggression should not be tolerated; rather it should receive an adequate assessment and be strongly condemned by the international community.


Constructive Dialogue Network of Armenian CSOs expresses its readiness to support Artsakh and the Republic of Armenia with the aim of promoting the security of the people of Artsakh, the protection of human rights, and the re-establishment of regional stability and peace.


We, the representatives of the Armenian civil society, strictly condemn the military aggression of the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan against Artsakh, call on the international community – the UN, the Council of Europe, the European Union, the OSCE Minsk Co-Chairs, and other interested international organizations – to take urgent effective measures to stop the military aggression provoked by Azerbaijan towards Artsakh and to start a peaceful settlement of the issue exclusively through negotiations.


Governing Board of the Constructive Dialogue Network of Armenian CSOs։


  • “HamaZark” (“Community Development and Participatory Governance Union”) Coalition
  • Agricultural Alliance of Armenia
  • “CSOs for Sustainable and Transparent Energy Development” Coalition
  • “Partnership for Progress in Education” Coalition
  • Armenian Business Coalition
  • “Support for Probation” National Network
  • Coalition For Equal Rights
  • “WINNET Armenia” Network of Women Resource Centers
  • Inter-Regional Coalition dealing with the problems of Children with Disabilities
  • CSO Anti-Corruption Coalition of Armenia
  • Public Coalition for the Protection of Workers’ Rights
  • Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for the Development of Institutionalization of Social Advertising in Armenia.
  • Coalition for the Development of Local Self-Government System and Strengthening of Local Democracy in the Republic of Armenia
  • Multi-Stakeholder Social Protection Network
  • “Armenian Lawyers’ Association” organization implementing the Secretariat of Network

It should be added that the statement was adopted at the remote meeting of the Governing Board of the Constructive Dialogue Network of Armenian CSOs on 27-28 September, 2020.


Note. The CSO Constructive Dialogue Network of Armenia was established in February 2019 within the framework of the EU-funded “Commitment Constructive Dialogue” project ( The network currently unites 14 sectoral coalitions with about 250 CSOs. The mentioned Coalitions are multi-profile and represent different spheres, such as: justice, human rights, energy, agriculture, public finance management, economy, business, etc.

 28 September, 2020

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