Satellite Imagery Reveals Azerbaijan’s Persistent Erasure of Armenian Heritage Sites


For decades, the Azerbaijani government has been waging a methodical erasure of Armenian heritage sites in areas under its control.This campaign has extended to new territories after Azerbaijan took over most part of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh in Armenian) in a Russian-brokered ceasefire in November of 2020. Since last year’s armed conflict, over a dozen Armenian churches, cemeteries, sacred cross-stones (Khachkars), and other cultural properties have either been destroyed, damaged, or threatened by Azerbaijan, according to a June report from the Caucasus Heritage Watch (CHW).The majority of the listed attacks have occurred after the ceasefire.Using high-resolution satellite imagery, the CHW monitors and documents endangered and damaged cultural heritage sites in the areas of Nagorno-Karabakh and Nakhchivan (an Azerbaijani autonomous republic since 1991). In addition to historical research and periodical reports, the CHW’s website features a Monitoring Dashboard with up-to-date assessments of sites at risk. The group also posts “threat alerts” on its social media platforms to spread the information to the public and possibly save sites from destruction. Read the full story on Hyerp Allergic.


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