Round table on the cultural heritage of Artsakh

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/round-table-24-2-2021/ On February 24-25, 2021, a round table “The Karabakh conflict: through culture towards peace” is planned in the form of an online discussion (from 17:00 to 19:00 Yerevan time or 16-18:00 Moscow time). Among the participants: representatives of a number of state departments of the Republic of Artsakh, public organizations, scientists, publicists, lawyers, human rights defenders from Armenia and Russia. Purpose of the event: to show the continuity of Azerbaijan’s policy since 1918, to draw attention to the destroyed and under threat objects of cultural heritage, to the fact of ignorance of Azerbaijan the Conventions and […]

Armenian Academy of Sciences asks Putin, Biden, Macron to assist UNESCO monitoring in Karabakh

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/academy-3-2-2021/ in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/hy/academy-3-2-2021-hy/ Source: Armenpress, February 3, 2021. The National Academy of Sciences of Armenia has issued a statement, appealing to Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden and President of France Emmanuel Macron – the leaders of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairing countries, to support UNESCO for the implementation of monitoring in order to assess the state of the cultural heritage in the territories of Artsakh that have come under the control of Azerbaijan.

The Inter-State Application against Azerbaijan with the ECHR

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/echr-2-2-2021/ in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/echr-2-2-2021-hy/ Source: Representative of Armenia before the ECHR On 1 February 2021 the Government of the Republic of Armenia submitted an Inter-State Application against Azerbaijan with the European Court of Human Rights claiming Convention violations during and in the aftermath of the war waged by Azerbaijan.

UNCHR: Such acts may also constitute war crimes

in Russian – Source: Armenpress, 1.2.2021 UN human rights experts called for the prompt release of prisoners of war and other captives from the recent Nagorno Karabakh conflict, and for the return of bodies to families for burial with due respect for cultural customs, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports.

Comment by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh

in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/hy/mfa-1-2-2021-hy/ in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/mfa-1-2-2021/ Source: http://www.nkr.am/en/news/2021-02-01/mfa-comment The intentions of the ultra-right nationalist Turkish Nationalist Movement Party and its affiliated extremist neo-fascist organization ‘Gray Wolves’ to implement certain projects in the occupied territories of the Republic of Artsakh, in particular, in the town of Shushi, are of great concern.

The massacre of Armenians in Shushi in March 1920 was an Armenocide policy inherited from Turkey

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/shushi-1-2-2021/ Article by Ashot Beglaryan, February 1, 2021. Source: http://russia-armenia.info/node/73306 Non official translation from Russian by AGA-Tribunal.info. On March 23, 1920, in the Karabakh city of Shushi, a massacre of the Armenian civilian population was organized and carried out by the so-called Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. Let’s not again stir up the minds and souls of readers with the horrors of the atrocities committed by the Caucasian Tatars (hereinafter called Azerbaijanis). Let us only note that the consequences of these fanatics were very figuratively described by famous Russian poet Osip Mandelstam in his poem “The Phaeton driver”, who […]

The Armenian cultural heritage in Artsakh: cases of vandalism and at risk of desctruction by Azerbaijan

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/ombudsman-26-1-2021/ AD HOC PUBLIC REPORT THE ARMENIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE IN ARTSAKH (NAGORNO-KARABAKH): CASES OF VANDALISM AND AT RISK OF DESTRUCTION BY AZERBAIJAN Source: web site of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Artsakh, January 26, 2021. Full Report in PDF (106 pages) – here.

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Population of Nagorno-Karabakh is at Risk

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/gcr2p-15-1-2021/ The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P) saves lives by mobilizing the international community to act in situations where populations are at risk of mass atrocity crimes. Their goal is to uphold the norm of the Responsibility to Protect – known as R2P – adopted by the UN in 2005. This principle seeks to ensure that the international community never again fails to halt the mass atrocity crimes of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

The Human Rights Defender addressed international organizations regarding illegitimacy of the process of determining Armenia’s state borders

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/ombudsman-22-1-2021/ Source: web site of Human rights defender of Armenia, January 22, 2021 On January 22, 2021 the Human Rights Defender addressed the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the UN and the CoE Secretary Generals, the UN and the CoE Commissioners for Human Rights, the PACE and the OSCE PA Presidents, the ECHR President, the PACE Co-Rapporteurs on Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as other partners, including several ombudspersons and their associations with questions on the illegitimacy of the process of determining Armenia’s state borders and gross human rights violations.

EP CFSP and CSDP 2020 reports on Karabakh, Azerbaijan and Turkey related issues

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/ep-22-1-2021/ On January 20, 2021 EU Parliament adopted the Annual CFSP and CSDP Reports. Below are the excerpts from large documents, where Armenia, Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Turkey are mentioned. Source: EU Parliament official web site.

John Eibner’s relentless call for Christian Solidarity

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/eibner-21-1-2021/ Renowned human rights activist and humanist John Eibner has been advocating for the rights of Christians in Sudan, Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, China and other countries for decades. On July 27, 2020, he was appointed to the post of President of Christian Solidarity International (CSI). Two months later, a new genocidal war of the terrorist coalition of Azerbaijan, Turkey, jihadists with the support of a number of other countries began against the Christian Armenian people of Artsakh (Karabakh).

Christian Solidarity organization: Karabakh is under genocidal attack

From mid of January 2021 a front page of CSI’s web site has a call to make an action: “Save the First Christian CountryHELP THE PEOPLE OF NAGORNO-KARABAKH” followed by the article posted below. Christian Solidarity International (CSI) is a Christian human rights organization that advocates for and helps victims of religious persecution, enslavement, victimized children, and victims of natural disaster. For over 40 years, CSI has been fighting for religious freedom and human dignity around the globe – assisting those whose lives are threatened and whose rights are abused.

UNESCO Declaration on ensuring cultural property protection in and around Nagorno-Karabakh

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/unesco-21-12-2020/ Source: web site of UNESCO, December 11, 2020 The document was accepted at the 15th Meeting of the Committee. See another note from Dec 21, 2020 underneath a text of the Declaration. Declaration of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict of the Second Protocol to The Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict – ensuring cultural property protection in and around Nagorno-Karabakh and setting-up an independent technical mission

Some 150 scientists across the globe apply to Vatican over preservation of cultural heritage in Karabakh

in Armenian – in Russian – Source: Panorama.am, December 11, 2020 A petition on the preservation of the cultural heritage in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) signed by around 150 scientists from around the world has been submitted to the Vatican Secretariat of State of the Holy See.

Truth and Accountability: Ethnic Cleansing in the Modern Age in Artsakh

Source: AGBU, December 22, 2020 Given its century-old history of advocating for the human rights and dignity of the Armenian people, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) has long recognized the importance of supporting all victims of ethnic cleansing, genocide and other crimes against humanity around the world. That is why it continues to observe December 9th—the United Nations International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime–with inclusive discussions of an international scope, each year focusing on a different theme related to this vast, multi-dimensional subject.

Nuncio of the Holy See: Vatican is ready to help preserve cultural heritage in Artsakh

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/vatican-9-12-2020/ in Armenian – Source: web site of the president of Armenia, December 9, 2020. On December 9, 2020 president of Armenia Armen Sarkissian received the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See, Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt (residence in Tbilisi).

An urgent appeal of WCC to UNESCO for the protection of Armenian religious and cultural monuments Artsakh

Source: web sites of World Council of Churches and Armenian Church, Eastern Diocese in US, November 23, 2020. In a letter to the Director-General of UNESCO, the Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC) has made an urgent appeal for the protection of Armenian religious and cultural monuments Artsakh.

We need a Tribunal to convict the one who started the treacherous war against Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27, 2020

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/kazimirov-12-11-2020/ On November 12, 2020 V. Kazimirov published an article in the popular Russian information agency REGNUM. Vladimir Kazimirov – is a former ambassador, head of the Russian mediation mission in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 1992-1996, honored worker of the Russian diplomatic service. V. Kazimirov’s website – http://vn.kazimirov.ru/mir.htm Below is a non-official translation from Russian by AGA-Tribunal.info.

UNESCO: Reaffirming the obligation to protect cultural goods of Nagorno-Karabakh

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/unesco-18-11-2020/ Source: web site of UNESCO, November 18, 2020 On 18 November, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, received the representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan to the Organization. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art appeals for protection of cultural heritage sites in Nagorno-Karabakh

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/metro-17-11-2020/ Source: The Art Newspaper, November 17, 2020 The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York issued a plea today for the preservation of cultural heritage sites in the Nagorno-Karabakh region as Azerbaijan moves to take control of swaths of territory under a Russian-brokered peace deal for the enclave.

Call for the conviction of the perpetrators of ethnic cleansing of the Armenians in Karabakh

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/afaja-1/ in Armenian – here in French – here in Spanish – here in Portugese – here By the end of October 2020, the French Association of Armenian lawyers and jurists AFAJA initiated a petition in six languages addressed to the UN Security Council. During the month as on November 25, it was signed by 28,140 people. Web address of the petition in English – here.

IPTCA: Open Appeal to the Deputies of the French Senate

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/france-23-11-2020/ Open Appeal to the Deputies of the French Senate The Organizing Сommittee of the International Public Tribunal for Crimes of Azerbaijan (IPTCA) thanks the senators of France, Bruno Retailleau, Patrick  Kanner, Hervé Marseille, Eliane Assassi and Guillaume Gontard for the draft Resolution on the recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and hopes for its adoption by the French Senate  http://www.senat.fr/leg/ppr20-145.html  

Statement of ICOMOS, ICA, IFLA & ICOM on damage and protection of cultural heritage in Nagorno Karabakh

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/unesco-20-11-2020/ Source: ICA.com, November 20, 2020 ICOMOS, ICA, IFLA and ICOM call upon all parties involved in implementing the complete ceasefire agreement that came into force on 10 November in Nagorno-Karabakh to proactively ensure full respect and protection of allthe cultural heritage in the concerned areas, in particular those where control is passing from one party to another (Agdam district, Kelbajar district and Lachin region). This respect and protection must extend to the conservation, interpretation and presentation of all such cultural heritage.

Armenia’s ambassador to Vatican: Turkey and Azerbaijan intent to give the conflict an interreligious character

An article in Catholic News Agency, November 12, 2020. The Armenian ambassador to the Holy See said Wednesday that the recruitment and deployment of Syrian Islamist extremists to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone in the Caucasus Mountains is a serious threat to international security.

Preserve Artsakh: An Open Letter to the World Community

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/appeal-12-11-2020/ Associated Press on November 12, 2020 published an Open Letter to the World Community. It was signed by 55 scientists and public figures: 42 from US, 5 from UK, 3 – France, 2 both from Israel and Czech, 1 from Italy. Action was organized by Armenian General Benevolent Union.

Baku admitted multiple times: Nagorno-Karabakh is not Azerbaijan and uses the silence of the world as a permit for genocide

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/manasyan-31-10-2020/ in French – https://aga-tribunal.info/manasyan-31-10-2020-fr/ Russian information agency REGNUM on October 31, 2020 made a publication of a new article by Ph.D. in philosophy Alexandr Manasyan. Below is a translation in English. Abstract Nagorno-Karabakh does not belong to Azerbaijan BY RIGHT. The world knows about this, but ignores the law. And Baku uses this as a permit for genocide.

First verdict of the International Criminal Court for the destruction of cultural heritage

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/icc-2016/ In 2016 the International Criminal Court (ICC) has recognized Ahmed Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi guilty of war crime and has sentenced him to 9 years in prison for his responsibility in the deliberate destruction in 2012 of nine mausoleums and the secret gate of the Sidi Yahia mosque in UNESCO’s World Heritage site of Timbuktu (Mali).