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. 


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
 As a result of a two-day meeting during December 10-11, 2020, and active negotiations, the UNESCO Second Protocol Committee has adopted a Declaration on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict – ensuring the cultural heritage protection in and around Artsakh and setting up an independent technical mission.


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