Cultural Genocide

  • by Western Armenia, April 24, 2024 in Culture

As a result of the satellite monitoring of the "Caucasus Heritage Watch" initiative, it became clear that the Ghazanchetsots or Old Cemetery of Shushi was completely destroyed on April 4.

The destruction of historical cemeteries in the occupied territories is the clear direction of Azerbaijan's policy, because as a result of the aforementioned policy, 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 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".

It is important to note that the destruction of a cemetery can be considered a crime against personal dignity, considering dead persons among the affected "persons" according to the interpretation of the Rome Statute.

 In this sense, it should be noted that desecrating corpses by destroying cemeteries, violating the cultural burial practice of the deceased person, can be considered an insult to personal dignity.

Destruction of cemeteries violates the right to culture of Artsakh Armenians, preventing them from preserving their memory.

Let's remind that the right to culture is fundamental, stipulated in Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 15 of the 1966 UN Covenant on Economic, Political and Cultural Rights.The lack of access to heritage and the resulting inability to perform traditional burial rites can deprive communities of the ability to keep their rites alive, thus violating the right of unborn children to live according to their own way of life.

And finally, let us remind you that the government of Western Armenia invites you to participate in the commemoration ceremony of the victims of the genocide committed against the Armenians. THE CEREMONY will be HELD   on April 27, AT 12 O CLOCK IN tSITSERNAKABERD MEORIAL COMPLEX. At the event  the President of the National Council of Western Armenia, Armenag Aprahamian, will make a speech.

For additional information You can call  060521920. 

 Entrance is free.