Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross have met with Azerbaijanis Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev, who are held hostage by the Armenian side. According to the Azerbaijani representation of the ICRC, the purpose of the visit was to familiarize with the conditions of detention and treatment of detainees, as well as to help to ensure that detainees maintain contact with their families. Dilgam Asgarov’s son Kurdoglu Asgarov says that he has not received letters from his father for a long time and he is only provided with verbal information.
“My main concern is my father’s health. Yesterday I was given detailed information about his condition. According to their mandate, representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross regularly visit my father, get acquainted with his condition. They say that he feels well. I write letters to my father, but unfortunately, I do not receive any response from him. I asked the ICRC staff the reason why I do not get any response from him and they say that allegedly he does not want to reply. It surprises me very much. I have not received letters from my father for 4 months. I receive only verbal information from him through the representatives of the Red Cross,” Kurdoglu Asgarov said.
Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev were taken hostage by the Armenian side in July 2014, while visiting the graves of their ancestors in the occupied Kalbajar district of Azerbaijan. On December 19, 2014, an illegal court of the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh sentenced Dilgam Asgarov to life and Shahbaz Guliyev to 22 years imprisonment. However, the international community, in particular, human rights organizations did not pay proper attention to this problem. On the contrary, double standards are applied against Azerbaijan and its important problems.