The UN rapporteur conveyed his concern to Baku regarding the destruction of Armenian heritage in Artsakh

  • by Western Armenia, December 21, 2023 in Society
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Eastern Armenia confirms that the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights has sent a message-question to Baku, expressing concern about the destruction and appropriation of Armenian historical, cultural and religious heritage in Artsakh.

The report also mentions the targeting of people, monuments and symbols, violations of international humanitarian law.

The message refers to the judgment of the UN International Court of Justice of December 7, 2021, the destruction of sanctuaries, cemeteries, the fabrication of "whitewashing", anti-scientific approaches, the false agenda spreading under the term "Western Azerbaijan", hate speech against Armenians, September 19 information about the attack and ethnic cleansing, as well as a number of other issues," the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ani Badalyan, said in response to Aysor.am's inquiry in her comment, which was published on the department's website."It is noteworthy that the UN special rapporteurs have repeatedly referred to Baku's violations of Artsakh people's rights, including cultural rights, and cases of destruction and mutilation of Armenian heritage Unfortunately, even the above-mentioned, legally binding decision of the International Court of Justice did not stop the policy towards the Armenian religious and cultural heritage.

Yes, it is also combined with manifestations of hate speech, anti-scientific falsification about the territory of Eastern Armenia and the history of Artsakh," Badalyan emphasized.

At the same time, official Yerevan considers it important for the international community to document these realities, "which is of primary importance for the prevention of similar crimes and the establishment of an atmosphere of dialogue and stable peace in the region."