Azerbaijan destroyed the Park of Teachers and the inscription in Mets Tagher village

A few days ago, a Telegram user @ararathau posted a video on his channel showing the destruction of the Park of Teachers (its absence actually) in Mets Tagher village, occupied by Azerbaijan as a result of the 44-day war. Figure 1 shows the park and the inscription about its construction, according to which it was built in memory of the teachers of Mets Tagher village and Sokrat Aghabekyan.

It should be noted that back in September of 2021, the website presented new evidences of the subsequent destruction of cultural monuments in Mets Tagher by Azerbaijan.

Our response

The 4th article of the 1954 Hague Convention “On the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict” prohibits any act of vandalism, theft, robbery or misappropriation of cultural property in any form, and also imposes an absolute ban on any acts of revenge against cultural property.

According to the second protocol of the Hague Convention of 1999, which is also valid during international (ethnic) conflicts, the manifestation of hatred, or revenge against cultural heritage is prohibited, and actions that are regarded under Article 15 as an international crime are also prohibited.

According to the Article 53 of the Geneva First Protocol to the Convention of 12 August 1949 (without violating the provisions of the 1954 Hague Convention), it is prohibited: “Without prejudice to the provisions of the Hague Convention of May 14, 1954, it is prohibited to carry out any hostile action against cultural heritage, to use it for military purposes, or make it a subject of retaliation”.