Armenians in Azerbaijan are in an impossible situation. This fall, Azerbaijan’s military launched a full-on invasion of Artsak (Nagorono-Karabakh). In their brutal assault, at least 25 people were killed and more than a hundred injured. This includes children. The attack focused on civilian infrastructure.
There are approximately 120,000 Armenian Christians in the area whose democracy is threatened by the brutal Azerbaijani dictatorship. The military invasion caps off a nine-month-long blockade of the region by Azerbaijan. No humanitarian aid can get through. At least 1,500 people have fled to neighboring Armenia, which has vowed to find places for up to 40,000 but no plan for their placement has been developed.
“America can’t stand idly by as brutal violence perpetrated by the authoritarian regime in Azerbajian raises the specter of genocide in Nagorno-Karabakh,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). “This legislation imposes stiff sanctions that will help hold the Azerbajiani government accountable for its clear human rights violations, while authorizing much-needed humanitarian assistance to Nagorno-Karabakh and the people of Armenia.”
“The Azeri government and President Aliyev used first a blockade and then an attack to force their will upon Nagorno-Karabakh,” said Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA). “Armenians suffered the first genocide of the 20th century, which opened the door for many of the horrors in this century. This is the latest episode of the use of force to resolve things which should be done diplomatically.”
For more information about the situation, please visit the Armenian National Committee of America.