On February 26, 2019, the conference-symposium, organized jointly with the United Congress of Azerbaijanis of Ukraine (hereinafter – UCAU) was held at the Institute. The event was devoted to the international-legal aspects of the civilian population protection during armed conflicts.
The conference-symposium was attended by the Institute’s director Mykola Izha, First Deputy Head of the UCAU Namig Talybov, Director of Baku International Center for Multiculturalism Official Representative Office Aurelia Grigoriou, Head of CJSC “Azerbaijani Railways” Representation in Ukraine Natig Naghyev, representatives of public authorities, diplomatic missions, OSCE, higher educational establishments, public organizations, national cultural societies and the media. Among the participants there were also departments’ heads and employees, scientific and pedagogical staff and graduate students of the Institute.
The ORIPA NAPA director Mykola Izha opened the Conference by his welcoming speech, emphasizing the importance of dialogue between the conflicting parties in conditions of armed conflicts. At the beginning of the event a member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine Famil Jamal conducted a brief excursus about the Caucasus history, spoke about the root causes of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its tragic consequences in the city of Khojaly in 1992. During the event, which was moderated by the UCAU member Fazil Askerov, a discussion was developed between the conference participants on how to resolve interethnic conflicts and reach reconciliation. OSCE Expert on conflict issues, facilitator Olga Rusieva emphasized the need for negotiations between the opposing parties in order to find a solution of conflict situations. Also, the ex-empowered human rights officer of the Republic of Moldova Aurelia Grigoriu spoke about the tolerance of the Azerbaijani people and the multiculturalism model, which is supported at the state level in Azerbaijan.
During the Azerbaijani-Ukrainian conference, the parties proposed various instruments to protect the civilian population in armed conflicts. Also, the participants discussed the activities of international law organizations protecting the civilian population rights, enshrined in the Geneva and the Hague Conventions and international human rights instruments.
The summing up once again emphasized the importance of protecting the civilian population in armed conflict, as well as tolerance and peaceful coexistence among peoples. All participants expressed their hopes for such events in the future.