Baku destroys Shushi cemeteries

  • by Western Armenia, December 12, 2023 in Culture

In order to destroy the Armenian historical trace from  the occupied territories of Artsakh, Baku used special technical equipments to destroy  two historical cemeteries in Shushi.

The destruction of the cemeteries was documented by the International Center for Monitoring the Heritage of the Caucasus as a result of data obtained through satellite monitoring. "Azerbaijan, were using  heavy technical equipment, paved a road through the historical cemetery of Shushi, which is known as the cemetery next to the Yerevan gates," the messages stated.

In  a result of the data obtained through satellite monitoring on the destruction of the cemeteries the international monitoring center of heritage of the Caucasus facted that Azerbaijan ,using heavy equipment, paved a road through the historical cemetery of Shushi, which is known as the cemetery next to the Yerevan gates," the alert stated.

This was an Armenian-Russian cemetery, located near the 6th czarist border guard.

According to the inscriptions, the tombstones refer to the years 1843-1915, earlier tombstones belonged to Russians and bore Russian inscriptions.Individual tombstones were masterpieces of architecture and art.They were multi-part monuments up to 3 meters high, which were once crowned with a winged cross. 

It is important to record that the destruction of   historical cemeteries , is one of Baku's policy; to destroy every Armenian trace:

As a result, the cemeteries of Mets Tagher, Sghnakh, Shushi Northern and Yerevan gates, as well as the cemetery near the village of Vazgenashen, have already been destroyed.According to the decision of the Hague International Court of Justice of December 7, 2021,  destruction of Armenian churches were banned. "Azerbaijan is obliged to take all necessary measures to prevent and punish acts of vandalism and desecration that were carried out against the Armenian cultural heritage..."Let us also add that the damage caused to the cultural values ​​of each nation is a blow to the cultural heritage of the entire humanity, because each nation has its own contribution to the global cultural diversity.According to Article 4 of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in Time of Armed Conflict, any acts of vandalism, theft, robbery, misappropriation, hostilities and reprisals against cultural heritage are prohibited. According to the first Hague Protocol of 1954, it is forbidden to destroy cultural or spiritual values ​​in the occupied territories.

Such a policy of deliberate destruction of cultural heritage is also condemned by UNESCO's 2003 declaration "On Deliberate Destruction of Cultural Heritage.