Armenia condemns acts of vandalism and desecration of Hadrut church, under Azerbaijani control

The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia “denounces another manifestation of ethnic and religious intolerance of Azerbaijan and the continuation of the policy of deprivation of Artsakh of Armenians and the Armenian trace”.

The Saint Harutyun Church in the city of Hadrut, under the control of Azerbaijan, has been the victim of desecration and acts of vandalism. Examination of photos of several articles about the Easter holidays celebrated in this church, published by pro-government Azerbaijani news agencies, revealed several acts of vandalism and desecration.

On social networks, comparisons of photos of the church before and after these acts circulate.

According towar.karabakhrecords.info, the cross has been removed from the church, as well as an inscription at its entrance, or the carpets, ritual utensils and icons.

The spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia condemned "strongly the acts of vandalism and desecration of Saint Harutyun Church". He denounces an objective of destruction and desecration of “the identity of Armenian religious, historical and cultural monuments in the territories under the control of the Azerbaijani armed forces”.

"These planned actions carried out by the Azerbaijani authorities, aimed at destroying and desecrating the identity of Armenian religious, historical and cultural monuments in the territories under the control of the Azerbaijani armed forces, are another manifestation of the ethnic and religious intolerance of the Azerbaijan and the Continuation of Artsakh's Policy of Deprivation of Armenians and the Armenian Trace. The atrocities against Armenian churches and other cultural and religious monuments in Artsakh seriously violate the norms of international law, including the decision on the application of interim measures issued by the United Nations International Court of Justice on December 7, 2021. This case reaffirms the claims of the Armenian side on the urgent need for the visit of the UNESCO assessment mission to Nagorno-Karabakh. »

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