During his visit to Shushi, the head of Baku, Ilham Aliyev, took part in the opening of a photo exhibition dedicated to Heydar Aliyev, organized in the former Museum of Fine Arts in Shushi.
The video clearly shows that the sculptures placed at the entrance to the museum are no longer there, and neither are the works that were displayed in the museum rooms. The condition and location of all the works that made up the collection of the Shushi Fine Arts Museum remain unknown. The sculpture park of modern artists in the courtyard of the Shushi Museum of Fine Arts has been completely removed, and the fate of the works also remains unknown.
All this had already been mentioned on August 15, 2021, thanks to satellite photos published by Caucasus Heritage Watch, by the “Monitoring the Cultural Heritage of Artsakh” project team. Artistic destruction remains another manifestation of Azerbaijani vandalism, also Baku grossly violates a number of provisions of international conventions and declarations.
According to Article 4 of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in Times of Armed Conflict, any act of vandalism, theft, robbery, misappropriation, hostilities and reprisals against cultural heritage is prohibited.
According to the first Hague Protocol of 1954, it is prohibited to destroy cultural or spiritual values in occupied territories. The Second Hague Protocol of 1999 reaffirms this requirement and qualifies such an act as an international crime under Article 15. Actions aimed at destroying cultural values are also prohibited by four international conventions and protocols on the protection of victims of war, the laws and customs of the Geneva War of August 12, 1949, as well as the relevant UN resolutions and human rights treaties.