The Fate of Armenian Christians Uncertain in Artsakh

September 26, 2023

Many observers have seen the recent conflicts between Azerbaijan and Armenia as a revival of the dark days of the Armenian Genocide of the early twentieth century, when the Ottoman government pursued the systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly Ottoman citizens within the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey, as well as over 1,000,000 Greek Orthodox Christians and 300,000 Assyrian Christians. The similarity between the Armenian Genocide and recent events was also evidenced in Azerbaijan’s targeting of churches

For more coverage of the persecution of Christians in Azerbaijan and the areas it controls, see here.

“The Fate of Armenian Christians Uncertain in Artsakh,” International Christian Concern, September 25, 2023:

09/25/2023 Artsakh (International Christian Concern) – As security forces of the self-autonomous region of Artsakh (also called Nagorno-Karabakh) hand over their weapons to Russian peacekeepers, it seems that a decades old conflict over the disputed region is coming to a sudden end.

After a nine-month blockade, Azerbaijan took over the enclave in a lightning offensive last week, resulting in Artsakh’s surrender, and in the words of Azerbaijan’s government, the beginning of “Nagorno-Karabakh’s re-integration into Azerbaijan.”

Most ethnic Armenians do not want to live under Azerbaijan rule due in part to the decades of conflict between Azerbaijan and Turks against Armenians. The Azerbaijani government in Baku has a history of brutal dictatorship over its people, and most Artsakh Armenians resist integration into Azeri society. Recent estimates show that around 90% of Armenians in Artsakh would prefer to relocate to Armenia than stay and live under Azerbaijan….

Thousands of Artsakh Armenians will likely try to move to Armenia in the coming days. They will, however, need security guarantees from Azerbaijan and the international community to ensure safe passage through the Lachin corridor, without any violence or massacres.

To remain in Artsakh, many Armenians fear an ethnic cleansing or complete genocide, hence why many would prefer to face an uncertain future displaced in Armenia than to stay in Artsakh under the new Azerbaijani rule.