The Djulfa Virtual Memorial and Museum in Asbarez

December 25, 2011 at 6:19 am (Awareness, Djulfa destruction)

Several newspapers mentioned us in their report on the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s satellite documentation of Djulfa’s destruction.

In particular, the California-based Asbarez Newspaper reported on December 8, 2010:

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“Azerbaijan’s war against indigenous Armenian heritage in Nakhichevan cannot be justified in any way–including by the gridlock in the negotiations over the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that fought for independence in the early 1990s from Azerbaijan precisely so that a destruction similar to Djulfa’s would not take place there,” Simon Maghakyan, the founder and project Manager at the Djulfa Virtual Memorial and Museum (www.djulfa.com), said today in a widely circulated email to media and advocacy groups.

“The loss of Djulfa was a blow to not just Armenian culture, but also to all world heritage,” said Maghakyan.

Maghakyan criticized UNESCO, “the organization charged with protecting our common heritage,” for its “shameful silence” on Djulfa’s destruction and urged action to tell UNESCO that “its unequivocal protest is long overdue.”

Maghakyan provides a more detailed account of the five-year rampage against Djulfa in a special blog post on the Amnesty International’s “Human Rights Now” blog. The post, titled “Cultural Oppression in Azerbaijan can be read here.

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