Destruction of the “Revived Talish” monument

According to photos published on Facebook on December 3, 2020 by the correspondent of the Kommersant newspaper Kirill Krivosheev, after a 44-day war Azerbaijanis destroyed the "Revived Talish" monument in Talish village of  Martakert region.

It should be reminded that the monument "Revived Talish" was opened in June of 2017.

The first photo (Fig. 1, source) proves that before the war the "Revived Talish" monument in Talish village was still intact, and in the second photo (Fig. 2, source) it can be seen that after the occupation the monument has already been destroyed.

Our response

The Article 4 of the Hague Convention of 1954 for the “Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict” prohibits any act of vandalism, theft, robbery or embezzlement and imposes an absolute ban on acts of retaliation against cultural property.

According to the First Protocol of the 1954 Hague Convention, it is forbidden to destroy cultural or spiritual values ​​in the occupied territory.

The Second Hague Protocol of 1999 also ratifies that requirement and prohibits any act of hostility and retaliation against inheritance, which is classified as an international crime by Article 15.

Destruction of cultural property is prohibited by the Geneva Convention of August 12, 1949 for the Protection of War Victims, on the Laws and Customs of War, by four International conventions and protocols, and the relevant UN resolutions and treaties on the protection of human rights.