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UCLA Promise Armenian Institute and Promise Institute for Human Rights Issue Statement on Armenia-Azerbaijan Border Conflict [UPDATES]

UCLA Promise Armenian Institute and Promise Institute for Human Rights Issue Statement on Armenia-Azerbaijan Border Conflict [UPDATES]Berd, Tavush. (Photo: Armineaghayan via Wikimedia Commons, 2013; cropped.) CC BY-SA 3.0.

We are deeply concerned about and condemn the recent escalation of tensions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.

 

As members of the leadership of the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute and the UCLA Promise Institute for Human Rights, we express our great concern and condemnation of the recent escalation of tensions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, which began in mid-July. We condemn in no uncertain terms the violence between the two countries, especially during a global pandemic. We join Mayor Eric Garcetti in expressing our particular outrage at Azerbaijan’s provocative and dangerous threats to strike Armenia’s civilian nuclear power plant. We are also alarmed at rising instances of hate speech/hate crimes, with the anti-Armenian graffiti at an Armenian school in San Francisco reflecting the dangerous possibility of violence abroad spilling over to our local communities. Recent altercations in Brentwood only underscore this concern. Finally, we decry all calls for cross-border violence and are deeply dismayed at reports of protests in Baku calling for full-scale war

 

At a time when tensions are dangerously heightened, we invite civil society groups and peacemakers on both sides to engage in dialogue and mutual understanding. 

 

We further join with the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Secretary General, the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, and others in calling for a ceasefire as well as a de-escalation in inflammatory rhetoric and hate speech, and a return of international monitors to the region. We firmly believe that diplomacy is the only path to peace and safety in the region. 

 

Ann Karagozian 
Director, The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA
Distinguished Professor, UCLA Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
 
Sebouh Aslanian 
Director, Armenian Studies Center within The PAI at UCLA
Professor and Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History, UCLA  
 
Asli Bali 
Faculty Director, Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law
Professor, UCLA School of Law 
 
Kate Mackintosh
Executive Director, Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law

 

Relevant Links and Updates: 

 
AP News: Fighting erupts between Armenia, Azerbaijan (September 27, 2020)
 
NY Times: Fighting Flares Between Azerbaijan and Armenia (September 27, 2020)
 
 
NAASR: Flare-Up on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Border  (Webinar, Thursday, July 23, 2020)
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. Department of State: Violence Along the Armenia-Azerbaijan International Border (July 13, 2020)

 

 

 

 
 

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Published: Thursday, July 30, 2020