Cultural genocide

  • by Western Armenia, November 24, 2023 in Culture

Baku continues the state policy of destruction of Artsakh's cultural values after the total depopulation of Artsakh, the target of which this time was the statue of Stepan Shahumyan. At the beginning of November 2023, the publications of international telegram channels showed that the statue of Stepan Shahumyan fell to the ground in the occupied Stepanakert square. It should be noted that the statue was also targeted by the Azerbaijani armed forces during the 2020 44-day war, as evidenced by the fact that the statue in Stepanakert square the traces of the explosion and the bombardment on the pedestal of the statue, located about one meter away. The height of the bronze statue was 2.5 meters, the authors of which were sculptors Suren Stepanyan and Adibek Grigoryan. The pedestal was four meters high. It was made of local marble. The opening of the statue took place on May 1, 1957. Baku violated not only the 4 principles of inviolability of cultural values during military operations (military necessity, differentiation, proportionality, pre-nationality), but also the provisions of the Hague, Geneva and international humanitarian law on the protection of cultural values in the occupied territories.