Ombudsperson candidate: Security zone on Armenia-Azerbaijan border should not be fetishized  
Armenia – Jan 24 2022

The security zone on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border should not be fetishized. Security should not be cut off from people, making it a separate topic of discussion. Kristine Grigoryan, former Deputy Minister of Justice and only candidate for the post of the new Human Rights Defender (ombudsperson), said this during the debates on the matter of electing a new ombudsman at the Monday’s sitting of the National Assembly of Armenia, when answering the MPs' questions.

According to her, the matter is first of all about the safety of the people.

"The process of [border] demarcation and delimitation in Azerbaijan is quite complicated and complex. There is also a political component in it. Nonetheless, it is very important that human rights issues also underlie it. For example, if we pay attention to the practice of international organizations—in particular, the OSCE—we can see that, issues related to ensuring the normal functioning of the population are also considered equal to the solution of political issues there," Grigoryan explained.