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Juan Méndez: The genocide being committed in Nagorno-Karabakh should be prevented by precedent adopted in Bosnia v. Serbia

Juan Méndez: The genocide being committed in Nagorno-Karabakh should be prevented by precedent adopted in Bosnia v. Serbia

Former Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the
Prevention of Genocide, Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence at the
Washington College of Law, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez
presented the current situation in Artsakh.

He noted that the state parties of the Genocide Convention
are committed to prevent the crime being committed by Azerbaijan, and the
international community should exercise its responsibilities to protect the
population of Artsakh.

“I am guided in this conclusion by the jurisprudential
precedent adopted by the International Court of Justice in Bosnia v. Serbia
regarding the obligation to prevent genocide under the 1948 Convention. 

In that case, the ICJ established that all States have
responsibilities to prevent genocide,” Méndez wrote.