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Azerbaijan continues to destroy Armenian monuments in Azerbaijani-occupied Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). This policy is implemented at the state level, and its objective is to completely destroy the Armenian trace in Artsakh. “Ombudsman of Culture of Hayk,” Hovik Avanesov, noted this on Facebook, and he warned about another case of cultural genocide by Azerbaijan in Artsakh.

He reports that on December 24, 2023, an Azerbaijani YouTube channel posted a video from Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh. From the preliminary study and analysis of this video, it became obvious that the statue of great Armenian philanthropist and national figure Alex Manoogian has become another victim of this cultural genocide by Azerbaijan.

"Article 8 of the International Criminal Court considers the destruction of cultural heritage in the occupied territories an international war crime. (…) According to Article 4 of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, any act of vandalism, theft, robbery, misappropriation, enmity, and reprisal against cultural heritage is prohibited," Avanesov reminded.

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