Khojaly, a dark day of the last century

27 February 2017
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The Khojaly Massacre was the killing of at least 161 ethnic Azerbaijani civilians from the town of Khojaly on 25–26 February 1992 by the Armenian and, partially, by CIS armed forces during the Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Of 3,000 people who were in the town of Khojaly at the moment of the attack 613 were killed, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elders. 487 people were severely wounded, including 76 children. 1,275 people were captured and subjected to unprecedented torture, the fate of 197 people still remains unknown. 8 families were totally annihilated, 130 children lost one and 25 lost both parents.

Nationwide march was held in Baku to commemorate 25th anniversary of Khojaly Genocide and honor the memory of victims of this inhuman attack. AISGOC Staff and Baku 2017 Volunteers also have attended the march. Volunteers of Baku 2017 also expressed their thoughts about this tradegy: “Everyone should remember about Khojaly. No one should be remaining indifferent to this horrifying crime.”

Right now the recognition of Khojaly genocide is one of the main directions of the foreign policy of Azerbaijan. Besides Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Sudan had recognized Khojaly massacre. Romania, Mexico, Columbia, Czech Republic, six states of the USA, Canadian province of Alberta, OIC and Non Aligned Movement introduced resolutions recognizing Khojaly genocide.

Moreover, "justice for Khojaly!" International awareness campaign was launched in 2008 by the initiative of Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva. The main goal of the campaign is raising international public awareness about historical causes and consequences of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-karabakh and Khojaly genocide. The campaign also pays tribute to the victims of the Khojaly genocide, families who survived these tragic events and also reminds young generation about the bloody tragedy, which went down in history of mankind in the 20th century as the Khojaly Genocide.

As 25 years passed since the tragedy in Khojaly the documentary "Endless corridor" was presented on February 26 at the Nizami Cinema Centre as a part of international educating campaign. Members of Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Senior officials, MPs, diplomats accredited in Azerbaijan, members of international organizations, representatives of the European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) watched this film.

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