Armenia/Azerbaijan: Body of Armenian citizen handed over

10 October 2014

Geneva / Baku / Erevan (ICRC) – The body of an Armenian citizen who died in custody in Azerbaijan in August 2014 was repatriated today and handed over to representatives of the Armenian authorities in an operation facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The handover took place on the road between the Azerbaijani town of Gazakh and the Armenian town of Ijevan, at the international border.

On the basis of its mandate under the Geneva Conventions, the ICRC has been working in the region since 1992 in connection with the Nagorny Karabakh conflict. In its capacity as a neutral intermediary, the organization has repeatedly helped the authorities of Armenia and Azerbaijan make arrangements for the repatriation of human remains.

For further information, please contact:
Ilaha Huseynova, ICRC Baku, tel: +994 50 316 00 24
Zara Amatuni, ICRC Yerevan, tel: +374 99 01 13 60 or +374 10 29 74 15/16/17
Anastasia Isyuk, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 30 23 or +41 79 251 93 02