Amid the mass displacement of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) residents from their historic homeland, Azerbaijan's Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman), Sabina Aliyeva, issued a statement regarding "ensuring and protecting the rights and freedoms of citizens of Armenian origin living in Karabakh." However, doubts have arisen about Aliyeva's willingness and capability to fulfill her duty in protecting human rights.
The extent to which the Azerbaijani authorities are generally ready to protect the rights of ethnic Armenians is evidenced by the policy of hatred they pursue. However, this is a topic for another discussion. But what about Aliyeva’s own readiness to fulfill her duty to protect human rights? The shameful behavior of the Azerbaijani Ombudsman has already been repeatedly discussed.
During the nine-month blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh, Aliyeva remained silent, failing to speak up even for starving children. Instead, she appeared to align with the Azerbaijani authorities' genocidal policies. Numerous media reports have criticized Aliyeva's actions, suggesting her involvement in the ethnic cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh.
It's worth noting that Aliyeva's husband, Siyavush Novruzov, is known for his anti-Armenian statements, having referred to all Armenians as "bandits." Novruzov has also advocated for the recognition of Armenia as "Western Azerbaijan" and labeled peacekeepers as separatists. These factors raise concerns about the Ombudsman's impartiality in protecting the rights of ethnic Armenians.