The Statue of Alexander Myasnikyan Has Been  Destroyed in Stepanakert 

  • by Western Armenia, February 27, 2024 in Culture

Azerbaijan, following the programmatic policy of destruction of monuments installed during the liberation of Artsakh, actively implemented recently, destroyed the statue of Soviet statesman-politician, intellectual and literary scholar Alexander Myasnikyan, located on Martuni Street in Stepanakert.

The opening  of the statue of Alessandr Myasnikyan took place on September 27, 2014, the Anniversary day of the city of Stepanakert.

Starting from 2014, by the decision of the city council, Stepanakert city day was celebrated on the third Saturday of September.

The author of the monument to Alexander Myasnikyan (literary pseudonym Martuni) is the famous sculptor Yuri Hovhannisyan.

According to the Hague Convention of 1954 on prohibiting the destruction of cultural assets in the event of armed conflicts, the antiquity (old or new) or the nature of the monument cannot be a reason to justify the destruction.

According to the first article of the convention, cultural value is supranational and universal.

"Cultural value, regardless of its origin, is the movable or immovable heritage of great importance to every people, such as monuments of architecture, art or history, regardless of their religious or secular nature...."

Therefore, heritage should be preserved, wherever it is found, whenever it was created

Based on the logic of the convention, the nations will decide what is their heritage of "great importance", in this case, the Armenians of Artsakh.

And no matter what it looks like or what feelings it causes in Azerbaijan, it should be preserved.

And if in the 20th century the cultural heritage was necessarily endowed with the historical significance of the past, then in the 21st century visual-legal system of heritage, the values ​​of both the past and the present are considered heritage.

In 1993 from September 20, Azerbaijan, ratified the Hague Convention of 1954. The convention, its canonical implementation, as well as "The First Hague Protocol for the Protection of Cultural Values ​​in the Occupied Territories" continuously violates it committing a number of crimes not only against Artsakh, but against all humanity.