ECHR Grand Chamber to deliver judgments in cases concerning Karabakh refugees

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On December 12, Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will deliver two judgments on the question of just satisfaction in cases concerning complaints by refugees displaced during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The European Court of Human Rights will be delivering in writing two Grand Chamber judgments in the cases of Chiragov and Others v. Armenia and Sarksian v. Azerbaijan, News.am reported.

The first case concerns the complaints by six Azerbaijani refugees that they were unable to return to their homes and property in the district of Lachin, in Azerbaijan, from where they had been forced to flee in 1992 during the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

The second case concerns an Armenian refugee who had been forced to flee from his home in the Azerbaijani region of Shahumian in 1992 during the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, and has since been denied the right to return to his village and to have access to and use his property there.

In both cases, the Court delivered its judgments on the merits on 16 June 2015. As the question of just satisfaction was not ready for decision, the Court reserved it. The Court will examine this question in its judgments of 12 December 2017.

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