The West Azerbaijan Community sent a letter to UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay.

APA reports that the appeal signed by the leadership of the community, intellectuals, cultural and artistic figures, poets and writers from Western Azerbaijan states the following:

"Deeply concerned about the destruction of Azerbaijani cultural heritage in Armenia and repeating the previous appeals of the Azerbaijani public to UNESCO, we once again ask you to send a fact-finding mission to monitor the state of Azerbaijani cultural heritage in Armenia.


Our organization, established in 1989, deals with the protection of the rights of Azerbaijanis expelled from the territory of Armenia.

Azerbaijanis have been completely expelled from Armenia, where they once constituted an absolute majority.

Their historical and cultural heritage, including mosques and cemeteries, in the territory of present-day Armenia were destroyed on a massive scale.

The Armenian government has destroyed or damaged the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Azerbaijan through its direct actions and propaganda promoting ethnic discrimination against Azerbaijanis.

The destruction occurred before, during and after the military aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan.

Almost all of the Azerbaijani cultural heritage in Armenia was destroyed in a pre-planned manner without the influence of military operations.

In other words, the driving force behind the destruction of Azerbaijan's cultural heritage was the systematic racial discrimination policy of the Armenian government aimed at creating a mono-ethnic and mono-cultural space, and unfortunately, these hateful goals have become a reality.


The illegalities committed by Armenia against the cultural heritage of Azerbaijanis include misappropriation and distortion of heritage samples.

The Blue Mosque in the capital Yerevan, which is the only surviving mosque in Armenia, is deliberately misrepresented as a "Persian mosque".

In fact, the people who built the mosque and worshiped there for centuries were Azerbaijanis, who constituted the absolute majority in the city at that time.

Moreover, presenting a mosque as belonging to one ethnic group is disrespectful to our religion, which does not divide places of worship by ethnicity, but unites all people regardless of race or ethnicity.

The Armenian government continues to erase the last traces of Azerbaijani culture there.

Tepebaşı neighborhood of Yerevan is the only part of the historical center of the city that has survived to this day.

This quarter holds the historical memory of Yerevan from the 17th century until today.

The neighborhood of Tepebaşı, historically inhabited by Azerbaijanis, is now under threat of destruction.

Armenian authorities are about to completely demolish the neighborhood.

Armenia's policy of discrimination and ethnic cleansing has had a devastating effect on Azerbaijan's intangible cultural heritage.

For example, the ethnic cleansing carried out by Armenia against Azerbaijanis in the Goycha district caused an irreparable wound to the Goyche ashiq school, which is the mainstay of Azerbaijani ashiq art, which was included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The Armenian government even demonstratively destroyed the monument and grave of Ashiq Alasgar, a prominent representative of Azerbaijani ashiq art, in his native Goyche.

The destruction and damage of Azerbaijani cultural heritage by Armenia violates our cultural rights, especially our right to contact and use cultural heritage.

Violation of this right threatens stability, social cohesion and cultural identity and seriously impedes dialogue, peace and reconciliation as a factor aggravating regional security.

We are fighting for the safe and dignified return of Azerbaijanis expelled from Armenia to their homes in accordance with the rights and fundamental freedoms recognized in the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and for the provision of their collective and individual rights upon their return.

This, among other things, requires Armenia to fulfill its obligations under international law regarding the restoration, protection and maintenance of Azerbaijani cultural heritage and property there.

The protection of cultural heritage is not only a requirement of international humanitarian law, but also of fundamental rights recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Benefiting from cultural heritage is one of the key elements of the approach to the dignified return of displaced people.

Cultural rights, that is, human creativity in all its diversity and the provision of conditions for its realization, development, access, preservation and protection, are an integral part of our fundamental rights.

Armenia is obliged to ensure this right before, during and after our return.

With all this in mind, we ask for UNESCO's support in restoring and protecting our cultural heritage.

Sending a fact-finding mission to this country to assess the state of Azerbaijani cultural heritage in this country, as well as how Armenia complies with its international obligations regarding the protection of cultural heritage and cultural rights, would be an invaluable contribution to the elimination of damage to the cultural heritage of humanity as a whole, and thus to the achievement of sustainable peace.

"Our organization is ready to cooperate with UNESCO in the implementation of activities in the direction of evaluation, restoration, maintenance and protection of Azerbaijani cultural heritage in Armenia, ensuring the cultural rights of Azerbaijanis expelled from Armenia to use their cultural heritage."

It should be noted that a copy of the appeal was sent to His Excellency Mr. Vaclav Balek, the Chairman of the UN Human Rights Council, and Ms. Alexandra Khantaki, the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights.