We are constantly updating our lists on captives day and night, based on published videos and other evidence presented by relatives, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Artak Beglaryan wrote on Facebook.
"From the videos found by the staff of the AR [Artsakh Republic] Human Rights Defender, we have already been able to single out almost 60 prisoners of war, of which we have not been able to identify only a small part yet; not to mention the data being collected on the basis of testimonies, [telephone] calls, and other evidence.
We carry out separate fact-finding activities also on the detained and the civilians who went forcibly missing, whose number reaches about 40.
We regularly transfer all the collected data to state and international authorized bodies, expecting effective work towards protecting the rights of captives and ensuring their return. We have a special collaboration with the RA [Republic of Armenia] Human Rights Defender and individual lawyers on the matter of data exchange and other relevant processes," Beglaryan added.
On November 9, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement on a complete cessation of hostilities— which Azerbaijan had launched on September 27—in and around Artsakh. Accordingly, Russian peacekeepers are deployed in the region to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire and the cessation of hostilities. But this statement also stipulates the handover of part of Artsakh lands to Azerbaijan.