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Marine Martirosyan

Polish Politician Launches Petition Urging International Court of Justice to Hold Azerbaijan Accountable for War Crimes

Polish politician Tomasz Lech Buczek, author of the book The Cry of the Armenian Mother: Genocide in Sumgait 1988, has launched a petition calling on the International Court of Justice to hold Azerbaijan accountable for crimes against humanity.

Buczek told Hetq that the petition needs 250,000 signatures. He said that he is also working with prominent lawyers to file a lawsuit at The Hague, adding that they have amassed numerous documents verifying Azerbaijani violations of the law, including the Geneva Convention.

"Putting Azerbaijan before an international tribunal is the result of my earlier plans after I published a book in 1988 dealing with the Armenian Genocide in Sumgait," said Buczek.

According to the Polish politician, although he envisages 250,000 signatures, he aims to increase that number to one million.

"Everyone asks me, ‘Who are you?' I always answer I'm just a human being, but in life you must first do what is necessary, then what is possible, until you realize that we can even do the impossible,” Buczek told Hetq

When asked if he’s received threats, Buczek says there have been negative comments from Azerbaijanis on Facebook but described most of them as fake users.

Buczek first visited Armenia in 2018. He says he met a woman selling khachapuris (pastry) near Yerevan’s Vernissage market. Seeing the forget-me-not affixed to his jacket, the woman started asking questions. She told Buczek that her two sons were killed during the 1990s Karabakh War. She told him that the forget-me-not is an important symbol for Armenians, and that she was proud to see Buczek, a non-Armenian, wearing it.  

"I do not know Armenian. I spoke to her in broken Russian. I likened the two sons she lost to the twin mountains of the Armenian nation, the Great and Little Ararat. That was the motivation for writing a book about the massacres of Armenians in Sumgait, which I called The Cry of the Armenian Mother: Genocide in Sumgait 1988. I dedicated the book to the mothers of brave heroes," said the Polish politician, who spoke about the history of Poland from 1918 to 1919, including the heroic battle of Lviv, in which Armenian volunteers took part. One of them was Konstanty Zarugiewicz, who gave his life for Poland.

Yesterday, Buczek published an open letter addressed to Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan, informing him that a civilian committee for the recognition of Artsakh's independence will be set up in Poland soon.

Comments (13)

rod verdie
Thanks for your impartial and wise input !
Julietta
Thank you for your great human job. Armenians apreciate it.
Armen Kevrekian
Those who stay quiet during a massacre are also collaborators with the crime. Thank you for all your humanitarian work. All Armenians thank you.
Karmen Zargarian
Dear Mr. Buczek, Thank you for bringing attention to the world for the atrocities, terrorism and war crimes committed by Azerbaijan’s and Turkey’s tyrant leaders Aliyev and Erdogan! We must all raise our voices to be heard to stop them. Erdogan’s shift of policies in the region is dangerous for humanity, peace, justice, democracy and not to mention the environment. They must be stopped! Again, thank you!
Gayane Buniatian
Dear Mr Tomasz Lech Buczek many thanks for preparing this petition. All efforts directed towards recognition of the sad fate of Armenians in general and especially in the present unfair war conditions is of high value for all of us. Dr Gayane Hrachia Buniatian
Emma Broyan
Stop islam Terror against Humanity
Violetta Alaverdjian
Armenians will never forget friends like you!! Thank you for everything!! Please help the people in Arzach to get a freedom... we will pray for our Polnisch friends too. May god help us!!
Stella
Stop Erdoghan
Нина
Уважаю, восхищаюсь вашей человечностью.
ՓԱՎՍՏՈՍ
Հայ ժողովրդի լեհ բարեկամների երկար շարքին ավելացավ նս մեկը: Հոդվածում ասվում է, որ այս հոյակապ անձնավորությունը գիրք է գրել Սումգայիթի ողբերգության մասին: Որքան հասկացա, այս գիրքը լույս է տեսել վաղուց: Հարց է ծագում, ինչու այդ գիրքն առ այսօր թարգմանված չէ հայերեն: Ավելին, պետք է կազմակերպել այդ գրքի ռուսերեն, անգլերեն, ֆրանսերեն և այ լեզուներով թարգմանությունները: Մի խոսքով, ԿԵՑՑԵՍ ՏՈՄԱՇ, խոնարհվում եմ քո ազնվության առջև: Ի դեպ, ՏՈՄԱՇ, ոչ թե Թոմաշ, ինչպես տեքստում է գրվել, լեհերն այդպես են արտասանում: Սլավոնական լեզուներում Տ-ն Թ, Պ-ն Փ, Կ-ն Ք չի դառնում: Լավ հիշեք սա սլավոնական անձնանունները և տեղանունները հայերեն տառադարձելիս:
Նարինե
Շնորհակալություն՝ այս հոդվածով շատ կարևոր տեղեկատվություն տրամադրելու համար: Ես Change.org-ում Թոմաշ Լեխ Բուչեկի ստորագրահավաքին մասնակցել էի, սակայն պարզ չէր թե այդ նախաձեռնությունը որքանով է իրատեսական: Հիմա ավելի լավատեսորեն եմ տրամադրված և մաղթում եմ մեր լեհ բարեկամին անկոտրուն կամք և հաջողություն իր նպատակին հասնելու համար:
Anita Vardanyan
Please help my nation to survive one more time
Iva
Thank you for helping ARTSAKH

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