On September 19th, 2023, as the impending humanitarian crisis took form in Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh, All For Armenia was ready at the start: aiding individuals & families in entering Armenia with safety, nutrition and basic necessities – all of which they have lacked for the last 10 months. But we did not want to stop there.
Through conversation, we realized we could also help lessen the distress with one of the most important things Armenians had to leave behind on their journey: their culture. Artsakh’s unique identity and culture takes form in many physical representations, through monuments, churches, and khachkars, to name a few. One of the most important would be Tatik Papik, a beautifully crafted monument depicting the “Grandmother and Grandfather” of the Caucasian Highlands.
We want to do what we can to protect this monument, as a first step. Therefore, we are petitioning UNESCO to apply a “No Touch” policy to these monuments.
We began by first setting up a petition which was decimated mostly through social media platforms, which has received tremendous support. You can sign & share our petition to preserve Tatik Papik here. Then, through the work of volunteers, friends, and contributors, we have compiled a list of names in the highly-influential political sphere and cultural conservation space. Through research, we have discovered who could be the key players within UNESCO to make our case, and we forwarded them our letter.
Now, we are forwarding our intentions to other organizations and individuals who can support us in our case. We believe the cumulative support of this initiative will allow UNESCO to understand the cultural significance of our monument, and help us safeguard our heritage without impediments.
Please take a moment to read our letter to UNESCO here.
We will update this page as our public commitments are confirmed.