8 June 2016. Photo: ICRC
Geneva/Yerevan/Baku (ICRC) – An Azerbaijani civilian – a woman who had crossed the international border into Armenia on 7 June – was repatriated today under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She was handed over to Azerbaijani officials at the international border, on the road between Ijevan in Armenia and Gazakh in Azerbaijan.
The ICRC, acting as a neutral intermediary, helped the Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities carry out the repatriation. ICRC representatives visited the woman before she was sent back to Azerbaijan to assess her treatment and the conditions in which she was being held.
Based on its mandate under the Geneva Conventions, the ICRC has been present in the region since 1992 in connection with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
For further information, please contact:
Zara Amatuni, ICRC Yerevan, tel: +374 99 011 360
Ilaha Huseynova, ICRC Baku, tel: +99450 316 00 24
Jenny Tobias, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 536 92 48