As a result of the trilateral statement of November 9, 2020, a monument to the victims of the Patriotic and first Artsakh War was desecrated in the village of Azokh, which is under the control  of Azerbaijan. The video and photos of the publication clearly show how the Azerbaijani side desecrated the graffiti monument, violating the internationally established principles of integrity of the heritage. 

We want to remind you that article 4 of the 1954 Hague Convention “On the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Clashes” prohibits any acts of vandalism, theft, robbery and imposes an absolute ban on repression against cultural property. 

According to the Second Hague Protocol of 1999, which also applies in the case of non-international (ethnic) clashes, any act of hostility against heritage is prohibited, and such an act is qualified as an international crime under article 15. According to article 53 of the First Protocol of the Geneva Convention of August 12, 1949, it is prohibited to commit any hostile acts against cultural heritage and use them for military purposes or make them the subject of revenge.”

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