Twenty seven children held hostage by occupiers of Karabakh
Despite the fact that Azerbaijani children are surrounded with comprehensive care by the state and society today, the Nagorno-Karabakh left an indelible mark in the life of many Azerbaijani children, the Chairperson of Azerbaijan State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, Hijran Huseynova, said at a meeting of the PACE Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development in Baku.
Unfortunately, the rights of many Azerbaijani children to live freely in their homeland have been violated, and it has not been possible so far to ensure all rights of refugee and IDP children.
She noted that 193 Azerbaijani children were killed during the Nagorno-Karabakh war, while the number of injured children is hundreds.
Huseynova stressed that during the war years, Azerbaijan has managed to release 210 children from the captivity and hostage-taking. "61 children went missing, 27 are still being held hostage.
Chairperson of Azerbaijan State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs said that unfortunately, despite the announcement of the ceasefire in 1994, the killings of Azerbaijani children by Armenians continue to this day. "Since the fragile ceasefire, 32 children were the victims of Armenian terror - 13 of them were killed and 19 were wounded," aze.az cited Huseynova as saying.
"The aggressor country Armenia, which violated rights of Azerbaijani children, deprived of their lands and homes, still does not respect international law and does not want to withdraw from occupied territories," she concluded.