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When under Armenian occupation, “Every day I spent in the Shusha prison, I thought about death” said one prisoner. (Screencap: YouTube) 

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Azerbaijani journalist Anastasia Lavrina recently created a short documentary about what life was like for Azerbaijani prisoners inside of Shusha’s notorious prison titled: “Karabakh Portraits: Shusha Prison and Its Prisoners.” In the documentary, aired on Azerbaijan’s national TV network, she highlighted the inhumane manner in which Armenia treated Azerbaijani civilians and prisoners of war inside of that notorious prison.

As Lavrina noted in the documentary, “Shusha’s prison was built in the nineteenth century. During the Soviet period, the most dangerous criminals in the USSR were brought here. When the Azerbaijani city of Shusha was occupied by the Armenian Armed Forces in 1992, the place was turned into a terrible place of torture for Azerbaijani civilians and prisoners of war.”

According to her, “A two story building with high security fences, a huge gate, and a capacity of holding 350 people, Shusha Prison deserves special attention for its presence in the urban space and its architecture and place in history. The Shusha Prison was built during the Tzarist period and functioned as a closed correctional facility for many years. When the Armenians controlled the facility, they mercilessly killed and maimed many Azerbaijani citizens here within these walls.”

“It is terrible to remember how we were treated and in what conditions we were kept,” one prisoner related. “Every day I spent in the Shusha prison, I thought about death. Prisoners were tortured by guards for their own pleasure. They did not even want to get any information. Aside from the prisoners of war, there were also civilians, women, children and old men, who were tortured.”

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The documentary shows how prisoners were forced to sleep on tiny iron bunk beds that were lined up, one next to the other, forced to go to the bathroom in pits instead of a proper toilet. The manner in which the Azerbaijani prisoners themselves were forced to live was a form of torture in itself. But the Armenian guards, who had a sadistic nature, were not content to confine their torture of Azerbaijani prisoners in Shusha Prison to just that.

Famil Aliyev, one of the people imprisoned in the Shusha Prison, related: “There was unprecedented hatred towards us Azerbaijanis. We were told that being an Azerbaijani means being an enemy. Already, at that time, the Armenians committed several acts of genocide against Azerbaijanis including the city of Khojaly. The guards in the prison liked to talk about it with pride, thereby putting a lot of psychological pressure on us.”

Lavrina concurred: “According to former prisoner Famil Haliyev, the military personnel responsible for maintaining the prison didn’t take any international organization seriously nor the International Committee of the Red Cross.   They rejected the principles of humanist ethics and international organizations only became interested in such things after the conclusion of a cease-fire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan in 1994.”

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The documentary highlighted that the prisoners were taken outside to be beaten.   We were beaten with a crowbar, mound and everything they could.  Getting beaten with batons no longer looked like something terrible… Almost every day, prisoners were taken to all of the occupied regions of Azerbaijan, where they were forced to work at construction sites.”

“At the beginning of the conflict, Azerbaijani captives and hostages were detained in various places, including Shusha prison, and were subjected to intolerable torture,” head of the Working Group of the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, Ismayil Akhundov, said to the Azerbaijani media.

Akhundov says that investigations into the First Karabakh War show that the Armenian military not only tortured Azerbaijani captives and hostages – but also gathered in any open space and tortured them by handing them over to the Armenian civilian population.

The liberation of Shusha stopped the prison serving as a place to torture people. Now, it stands as testament to the past horrors, with the city of Shusha looking forward to a brighter future.

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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