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Advocates crticize Biden’s inaction on Nagorno-Karabakh crisis

Human rights advocates and members of Congress demanded the Biden administration cut military aid and sanction Azerbaijan for what Armenian leaders have called the ethnic cleansing of 120,000 Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh.


On Friday, the nonprofit In Defense of Christians hosted a press conference alongside March for the Martyrs, the 120,000 Reasons coalition and Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Brad Sherman, D-Calif.,  to discuss international Christian persecution.

Speakers raised concerns Azerbaijan is possibly committing genocide against ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, a self-declared Armenian breakaway state recognized by Armenians as the Republic of Artsakh but internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan. Until last week, the region had a predominantly Christian population.

But after Azerbaijan reclaimed control of the region via a 24-hour offensive last month, thousands of ethnic Armenians have fled to seek refuge in Armenia and elsewhere. Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused Azerbaijan of “ethnic cleansing” last week, warning that “in the coming days, there will be no Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.”


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