Remove illegal Airbnb listings in Nagorno-Karabakh #StopAirbnbInKarabakh

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#StopAirbnbInKarabakh

Nagorno-Karabakh (Dağlıq Qarabağ) is an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan, which is currently facing illegal Armenian occupation. As a result of Karabakh war which was triggered by Armenian separatists, around a million of Azerbaijani citizens were forcefully expelled from their native homes by Armenian occupants and were left homeless.

Airbnb - a well renown holiday rental service website - is currently operating in Nagorno-Karabakh and promoting listings of illegal Armenian settlers. While Airbnb does not allow hosting in a few other illegally occupied territories, the website discriminates against Azerbaijan as some kind of exception to this rule. Considering the fact that the company’s aim is to promote staying with locals, the fact that Airbnb allows illegal Armenian settlers in Nagorno-Karabagh to host travelers is an absolute disrespect to the thousands of Azerbaijani refugees that lost their homes during the conflict. Moreover, Airbnb is violating the sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan and its territorial integrity.

I have personally contacted the company asking them to clarify the issue, but the company ignored my requests and provided no statement regarding Nagorno-Karabagh whatsoever. While the company neglects my requests, with this petition I would like to once again invite Airbnb to reconsider its unfair practices in Nagorno-Karabagh and its support of international hostility and conflict.

 

#StopAirbnbInKarabakh