More than 20 years after the signing of the 1994 ceasefire agreement regarding the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, the humanitarian consequences are still felt every day. Approximately 4,500 Azerbaijanis and Armenians are unaccounted for as a result of this armed conflict.. The families suffer, emotionally and economically. They still do not know what happened to their missing loved ones and continue to live between hope and despair.
The ICRC is working with the authorities to clarify the fate of missing people and help them fulfill their legal obligation to provide the families with information.
The initial step was to gather data about each registered missing person from their family. This data is being processed by the Commissions on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons. In parallel, biological samples are being collected from family members in the hope that they might help to identify remains found during any future exhumations.
We recently submitted its list of everyone unaccounted for in relation to the Nagorny Karabakh conflict to the parties, asking them to do all they can to clarify their fate.