Azerbaijani authorities incite religious enmity at state level, says Armenian ombudsman – Public Radio of Armenia

Azerbaijani authorities incite religious enmity at state level, accusing us of Islamophobia with an outright lie, says human rights defender Arman Tatoyan.

“How, for example, can they explain the famous decree of the founder of Islam, Muhammad, which he adopted in 626 after the visit of the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Abraham and his 40 delegates, and by this he extended its protection at the Holy Tomb of Christ, churches and monasteries in “Jerusalem, Damascus and Arab regions”, including the Monastery of St. James in Jerusalem, educational institutions and property. It was later preserved,” Tatoyan said in a Facebook post.

According to the Ombudsman, historical facts prove the respect of our people, as well as the respect of the Armenian Church for Islam and other religions.

“With many peoples of the Islamic world, Armenians have lived as friends for centuries,” he said.

He noted that this policy of the Azerbaijani authorities incites hostility towards Armenians living in countries where they profess Islam. This incites enmity between nations.

He recalled that in Artsakh, for example, the upper and inner mosques of Shushi remained standing and were preserved, the upper mosque and the building of the madrasa, a religious school, were completely renovated and a park was laid out. . There is a functioning mosque in Yerevan.

“On the contrary, the Azerbaijani armed forces destroyed and desecrated the Ghazanchetsots and Kanach Zham churches in Shushi, destroyed the Zoravor Surb Astvatsatsin church in Mekhakavan in Artsakh, they desecrated the St. Yeghishe church in Mataghis, destroyed the Armenian khachkars in Shushi, Hadrut. The Armenian Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator in Baku was desecrated, turned into a library archive, the cross was lowered from the dome, there is no tabernacle, the tombstones that were adjacent to the church were destroyed,” the Human Rights Advocate continued.

Currently, everything is being done at the state level to change the identity of Armenian churches and monasteries, he said, adding that this policy is already manifesting itself in the new forms of torture of Armenian captives in view of their religion.

“Therefore, these Azerbaijani statements are absolutely false, they are politically motivated and are very dangerous for peace.

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