Memorial dedicated to the victims of World War II and the First Artsakh War was desecrated in Azokh village

In the village of Azokh, which came under the control of Azerbaijan as a result of a tripartite declaration dated November 9, 2020, a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Second World War and the First Artsakh War was desecrated. The video and photos posted on May 8, 2022, by @ararathau on his Telegram channel show how the Azerbaijani side desecrated the monument with graffiti, violating the internationally recognized principles of integrity and authenticity of the heritage.

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”.