End the Blockade

The Lachin Corridor, the only lifeline connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia, has been blockaded by Azerbaijan since December 12, 2022. 120,000 innocent indigenous Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh have been deprived of essential goods and services. Famine and a lack of medical care have already claimed multiple lives, both young and old. Amnesty International, the UN, the International Court of Justice, and multiple governments have repeatedly called on Azerbaijan's authorities to immediately unblock the route. These calls have gone unanswered, and the humanitarian crisis continues to take innocent lives.

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    What are Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin Corridor?
    Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as the Republic of Artsakh, is an autonomous, landlocked region situated between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The region proclaimed independence during the collapse of the USSR and has been ruled by democratically elected governments ever since. The Lachin Corridor is a narrow strip of land connecting the region to Armenia and is the only lifeline for essential supplies, including food, medicine, and humanitarian aid.
    Why did Azerbaijan block the Lachin Corridor on December 12, 2022?
    The blockade is the latest step in Azerbaijan's decades-old genocidal policy of ethnic cleansing towards the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh. This escalation has caused a major humanitarian catastrophe and is a continuation of a historical pattern. Azerbaijan's actions undermine the stability of the region, jeopardize the well-being of the indigenous Armenian population, and trample on their indisputable right to self determination.
    How has this impacted the Armenian population in Nagorno-Karabakh?
    The ongoing blockade has created a dire humanitarian crisis, pushing the population in Nagorno-Karabakh to starvation and the first such death on August 15, 2023. The lack of access to food, clean water, and medical supplies has exacerbated an already harrowing situation.
    What efforts have been made to address the humanitarian crisis?
    Various governments, humanitarian organisations, and even the International Court of Justice have condemned Azerbaijan and demanded the immediate removal of the blockade. These calls have been brazenly ignored and Azerbaijan has gone as far as blocking the International Committee of the Red Cross from providing lifesaving aid to the vulnerable population.
    What are the legal and ethical concerns regarding the blockade?
    Experts have determined that Azerbaijan's actions violate international humanitarian law, especially as it relates to the inalienable right to life. Luis Moreno Ocampo, former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, concluded in a recent report that Azerbaijan's actions constitute acts of genocide against indigenous Armenians and called for the U.N. Security Council to bring the matter before an international tribunal.
    What can we do to help with the ongoing crisis?
    Our role as responsible Canadian citizens must be to keep our government accountable. We must be the voice of those who are suffering at the hands of tyranny. Contact your Member of Parliament and make your voice heard.

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