“Cultural” silence as approval of sacrilege

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/25-3-2021/ March 25 in Russia is the State Day of cultural workers and custodians of cultural heritage. On the eve of this day, on the eve of Holy Week (in the Armenian Apostolic Church), another public blasphemy was committed in one of the territories occupied by Azerbaijan – successive acts of desecration were committed against the Christian church with dancing and wild cries on its dome with a downed cross, and, in the end, was committed destruction to the foundation of this church. All these acts by a group of vandals in the form of soldiers and […]

Online discussion on the cultural genocide from Azerbaijan

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/z-23-3-2021/ On March 23, 2021, the public organization “Khachmeruk” (Crossroads) held a discussion on the topic of cultural genocide (culturicide) of the Armenian heritage of the Republic of Artsakh that is realizing by Azerbaijan. Like the previous one on February 24-25, it was held on the Zoom platform. The announcement was on Facebook and vkontakte.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s comment on the destruction of Zoravor Surb Astvatsatsin Church

Source: Official website of MFA RA Today, the BBC released a video documenting the demolition of the Zoravor Surb Astvatsatsin Church near the town of Mekhakavan (Jebrail), which took place after the region fell under the Azerbaijani control. The same church had already been desecrated during the recent Azerbaijani aggression against Artsakh. We strongly condemn this yet another case of a crime committed by Azerbaijan on the grounds of religious hatred. At the same time, the attempts of the Azerbaijani leadership to justify this barbarism are even more concerning, as it shows that this manifestation of vandalism was intentional in […]

The AGMI’s Statement against the distortion of the ownership of Armenian cultural monuments

Source: The AGMI’s Statement against the distortion of the ownership of Armenian cultural monuments, 22.03.2021 The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute strongly condemns another attempt made by Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, to distort the ownership of Armenian cultural monuments. Ilham Aliyev, visiting the occupied territories of the Artsakh Republic including the 12th-century Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) Armenian Church in the village of Tsakuri in the Hadrut region in the last few days, made the following statement:“This is an Albanian church. The Armenians tried to make this church Armenian, they added inscriptions in Armenian here, but were not successful. This […]

V. Krivopuskov. Azerbaijan destroys the Armenian-Russian heritage

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/krivopuskov-22-3-2021/ Article by Viktor Krivopuskov dated March 22, 2021. The Russian Community of Nagorno-Karabakh is concerned about the destruction of the Armenian-Russian heritage in Karabakh regions that came under the control of Baku

The soft language of USCIRF’s report on Azerbaijan is a direct encouragement of the ongoing cultural genocide

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/uscirf-18-3-2021/ Source: https://www.uscirf.gov/ March 18, 2021 The U.S. Commission on international religious freedom (USCIRF) every year issues reports about 29 countires. Among them there are 6 ex-Soviet countries: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, as wel as Turkey, another 14 countries from Asia, 6 from Africa, also Cuba and Nicaragua. USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan, U.S. federal government commission created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.  USCIRF uses international standards to monitor religious freedom violations globally, and makes policy recommendations to the President, […]

Ara Aivazian: the attempts to resolve conflict by mass atrocities, use of force and the terrorist fighters should be unequivocally condemned.

in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/mfa-16-3-2021-hy/ in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/mfa-16-3-2021/ Source: MFA of Armenia, March 16, 2021 Statement for press by Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian following a meeting with Ann Linde, the Foreign Minister of Sweden and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

The message of His Holiness Karekin II on March 3, 2021

in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/church-3-3-2021-hy/ in Russian – THE MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS, KAREKIN II, SUPREME PATRIARCH AND CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS, ON THE OCCASION OF THE OPENING OF THE SYMPOSIUM (March 3, 2021) Source: www.ArmenianChurch.org

Web conference “The Christian historical-cultural heritage of the peoples of the Armenian Highlands and the adjacent territories”

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/conf-3-3-2021/ March 3-4, 2021 took place a web (via Zoom) conference “The Christian historical-cultural heritage of the peoples of the Armenian Highlands and the adjacent territories”.

Statement by the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Artsakh on the Occasion of the 33rd Anniversary of the Armenian Pogroms in Sumgait

in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/hy/mfa-28-2-2021-hy/ in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/mfa-28-2-2021/ Source: web site of MFA of Artsakh, February 28, 2021 Today, we are paying tribute to the memory of the innocent victims of the Sumgait Genocide – one of the most tragic events in the modern history of our people.

Prime minister and National Assembly Speaker pay tribute to Sumgait crime victims

in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/hy/pashinyan-27-2-2021-hy/ in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/pashinyan-27-2-2021/ Source: PM web site, February 27, 2021 On the 33rd anniversary of the massacre of Armenians carried out in Sumgait on February 27-29, 1988, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, together with National Assembly Speaker Ararat Mirzoyan, Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan and other high-ranking officials, visited the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial to pay tribute to the victims of that crime. The Prime Minister laid a wreath and paid floral tribute at the monuments commemorating the victims.

MFA of Armenia about crimes committed by Azerbaijan

in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/hy/mfa-26-2-2021-hy/ in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/mfa-26-2-2021/ Source: web site of MFA of Armenia, Fenruary 26, 2021. MFA Spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan: Azerbaijan has unleashed two large-scale wars against the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination resulting in tens of thousands of casualties. Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for the losses and deprivations of the people of the region for three decades. 

Round table “The Karabakh conflict: through culture towards peace”

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/heritage-24-25-2-2021/ On February 24 and 25, 2021 the public organization “Crossroads” (“Khachmeruk”) organized the online round table “The Karabakh conflict: through culture towards peace”. The announcement was earlier on February 8 on the website, in social networks and in the mailing. The invitations were sent to the experts, who specialize in the cultural heritage of Artsakh.

Online Round table “The Karabakh conflict: through culture towards peace”

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/heritage-24-2-2021/ On February 24, 2021 (from 16:00 to 18:00 Moscow time), the public organization “Crossroads” (“Khachmeruk”) organized the first discussion within the online round table “The Karabakh conflict: through culture towards peace”. The announcement was earlier on February 8 on the website, in social networks and in the mailing. There will be a second discussion on February 25, and those who wish to participate can indicate their intention. The publication of a brochure is planned. The event is timed to coincide with February 28 – the state Day of Remembrance for the victims of pogroms in Azerbaijan. […]

New book “Azeri Aggression against Armenians in Transcaucasia (1905-1921). Reports from the U.S. Press”

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/book-us-press/ in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/book-us-press-hy/ Source: Armenian Genocide Museum Institute (AGMI), February 19, 2021. On February 19. 2021 Australian-Armenian researcher and co-editor of the multi-volume publication “The Armenian Genocide: Prelude and Aftermath. As Reported in the U.S. Press,” Ara Ketibian, visited the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Foundation.

Ara Aivazian to UN about unpunished Genocide and prevention of genocide

in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/hy/mfa-22-2-2021-hy/ in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/mfa-22-2-2021/ Statement by Ara Aivazian, Foreign Minister of Armenia, at the High Level Segment of the 46th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Source: MFA of Armenia, February 22, 2021

Online petition for dismissing Mehriban Aliyeva from her UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador title

in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/hy/petition-nov-2020-hy/ in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/petition-nov-2020/ In November 2020 famous Armenian and foreign figures of art and science have initiated an online petition aimed at dismissing First Vice-President of Azerbaijan, Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva from her title of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Canadian-Armenian actress Arsinee Khanjian. As on February 18, 2021 more than 36300 have signed this petition. Below is a text and the names of 101 famous public figures, who signed the petition first. Though few months passed from starting this online petition it is still actual since Azerbaijan refuses to allow UNESCO mission to come to the place.

Azerbaijan is at war with Armenian cultural values

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/monuments-17-2-2021/ in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/hy/monuments-17-2-2021-hy/ Source: page of “Artsakh monuments” in Facebook, February 17, 2021 Judging by the results of our monitoring and testimony of eyewitnesses, we can say that in the territories occupied by Azerbaijan, Azerbaijanis commit special atrocities in relation to Armenian monuments (khachkars, monuments) dedicated to the Artsakh liberation war.

MFA of Russia on the defense of the monument to the victims in the village Avetaranots by Azerbaijanis

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/mfa-11-2-2021/ in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/hy/mfa-11-2-2021-hy/ Source: Armenpress, February 11, 2021 Translation by AGA-Tribunal.info. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova spoke upon the desecration by Azerbaijanis of a monument to the victims of the Great Patriotic War in the village of Avetaranots, Askeran region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Eastern Diocese in US has created a special committee to protect the endangered Armenian heritage sites of Artsakh

Source: https://armenianchurch.us/ January 21, 2021 The Eastern Diocese has created a special committee to protect the endangered Armenian heritage sites of Artsakh. The group composed of academic researchers and clergy was formed in the aftermath of the 2020 Artsakh war, with the blessing of Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan. With the surrender of territories in Artsakh containing numerous Armenian monasteries, churches, cultural sites, and monuments, the working group aims to advocate for the preservation of these Armenian treasures, while informing the public of their historical importance.

Azerbaijan has declared war on UNESCO

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/unesco-11-2-2021/ in Armenian – https://aga-tribunal.info/unesco-11-2-2021-hy/ The article by Astghik Alimyan in the web site of information agency Armenpress, February 11, 2021. The Armenian and international community has become concerned with the protection of the rich Armenian spiritual, historical, and cultural heritage found in the territories transferred to the control of Azerbaijan as a result of the recent bloody war unleashed against Nagorno-Karabakh. The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Russia and France, as well as the EU, have emphasized the importance of protecting the Armenian Christian heritage found in these territories, and have supported the involvement of UNESCO in […]

Online panel discussion: War crimes, cultural genocide and religious freedom

On January 15, 2021 Armenian National Committees in different countries organized an online panel discussion: WAR CRIMES, CULTURAL GENOCIDE & RELIGIOUS FREEDOM with distinguished academics and experts, featuring:

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 threats of ethnic cleansing or a fact of it?

in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/fact-3-2-2021/ The process of international recognition of the Republic of Artsakh and condemnation of the aggression of Azerbaijan and Turkey continues in recent months. However, there is one aspect that attracts attention. The texts of Resolutions or Appeals diminish the qualifications and level of illegal acts of Azerbaijan (and Turkey). For example, it is often said about the threats of ethnic cleansing by Azerbaijan against the peaceful Armenian population. Although since September 27, 2020, ethnic cleansing has been carried out and do constitute a fact.