The Message of the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights Issues Addressed to Baku on the Condition of Significant Cultural and Religious Places in Artsakh.

  • by Western Armenia, December 06, 2023 in Society

The Embassy of Armenia in Switzerland, which is also a permanent representative  at the UN office in Geneva, has published the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights on the state of cultural and religious significant places in Artsakh.

In a message addressed to Bav, the UN special rapporteur on cultural rights expressed concern over the "continuous activity of destruction and appropriation of significant Armenian historical, cultural and religious places and objects, in order to erase the traces of the presence of Armenians."

Regarding the organized reinterpretation of the history of Artsakh, as well as the discrimination against Armenians in the region and the oppression carried out in violation of the international standards of human rights and international humanitarian law.

"I am particularly worried about the claims that combined attacks on people, monuments and symbols, falsification of history, deletion of place names and negative talk about Armenians can turn into cultural cleansing," said the UN rapporteur.

He emphasized that the International Court of Justice, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe have expressed concern about the developing ideology in Baku, which tries to present Armenian cultural heritage as the heritage of "Caucasian Albanians", as well as about the revisionist tendency to deny Armenian heritage. "The vast majority of art, architecture, and archeology experts in the region have rejected the revisionist claims as false," the reporter's statement said. He emphasized that "from December 12, 2022, the Berdzor corridor connecting Artsakh to Armenia has been blocked, in violation of the announcement of the trilateral ceasefire of November 9, 2020

Baku's commitments (paragraph 6). As a result of road closures, 120,000 people were isolated and deprived of various goods and services, which created a humanitarian crisis and had devastating consequences on many human rights. Thus, the crisis will be a direct manifestation of Azerbaijan's discriminatory approach towards Armenians. As soon as the region is cleansed of ethnic Armenians, it will be confirmed that Azerbaijan plans to eliminate all physical signs of the presence of Armenians in the future," the UN special rapporteur concluded.