The Armenian Bar Association, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, the Society for Armenian Studies, and the Association Internationale des Études Arméniennes actively report on the need to safeguard Armenian cultural heritage and churches in Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) and the need to provide access to worshippers seeking to visit Armenian religious sites now under Azerbaijan’s control. Armenian cultural and religious sites are presently being destroyed and erased. This page will be continuously updated with the latest reports to and official responses from the United Nations.
On March 25, 2021, the Armenian Bar Association along with its partner associations hosted the following panel discussion on the Armenian cultural heritage in Artsakh. This webinar brings together Art and Culture scholars, experts, and attorneys to discuss the recent destruction and desecration of cultural sites in Artsakh.
Below you will find the following resources:
- April 2, 2021 – Urgent Call For Action: In Response to the Destruction and Vandalism of Armenian Churches.
- February 11, 2021 – Joinder from the AIEA, NAASR, and SAS.
- January 21, 2021 – Urgent Call For Action: In response to the destruction and desecration of Armenian religious and cultural heritage property by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces and the denial and erasure of Armenian cultural heritage.
- January 26, 2021 – The Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Artsakh, Ad Hoc Public Report, The Armenian Cultural Heritage In Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh): Cases of Vandalism and At Risk of Destruction by Azerbaijan.
- December 11, 2021 – UNESCO Second Protocol Committee: Declaration on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.