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By David L. Phillips and Salpi S. Kevorkian
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Azerbaijan armed forces combined with Turkish-backed jihadists from Syria and Libya attacked Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) on September 27,2020. To date, more than 2,300 Armenians including civilians have died as a result of Azerbaijan’s aggression. The failure of diplomacy and the international community’s unwillingness to protect civilians opened space for Russia and Azerbaijan to impose an agreement that authorizes Russian “peacekeepers.” The events in Artsakh are another example of the international community’s failure to protect humanity.  

Friday, November 13, 2020
This urgent appeal from scholars at academic institutions calls for U.S. involvement and mediation as an imperative step towards resolving the crisis in the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). We deplore the recent agreement between Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan that Armenia and Artsakh were forced to sign and that circumvents the Minsk Group. Without U.S. engagement, we believe the threat of continued ethnic cleansing and genocide remains.
Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Program on Peacebuilding and Rights (PBHR) at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) launched today a research project on “Human Rights and Foreign Terrorist Activities in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).” In partnership with the Human Rights Ombudsman for Artsakh, the project will draw on primary sources documenting crimes against humanity and other atrocities committed by Azerbaijani armed forces and Turkish-backed Islamist fighters against Armenians. Project arrangements were facilitated by the Armenian Assembly of America. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

AHDA fellow Marija Ristic writes an article "Kosovo Ex-President Thaci Pleads Not Guilty to War Crimes" in Balkan Transitional Justice on November 9, 2020.

Click here to read it.
Thursday, October 29, 2020

The ISHR Human Rights Research Fellowship will provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable research experience, while supporting the work of Columbia faculty conducting human rights-related research.

Students who receive the Fellowship are expected to complete approximately 80-120 hours of research assistance during the academic year. The research opportunities selected for the 2020-2021 academic year are available below. ISHR will award one research stipend per opportunity in the amount of $1,500. Priority will be given to HRSMA and UHRP students.