20th anniversary of Khojaly Genocide commemorated in Washington – PHOTOSESSION
The embassy told APA that the representatives of different governmental and non-governmental organizations, foreign diplomats, journalists, experts from Washington-based think tanks, students and scientists, businessmen, members of Azerbaijani and Turkish diasporas and other persons participated in the commemorative ceremony held in the building of Reserve Officers Association situated in the territory of the US Congress.
13:55 23 February
Allahshukur Pashazadeh: “Armenians claim that they are victims of genocide, but the genocide was perpetrated in Khojaly”
He said that the end of February is the grave days for the people of Azerbaijan.
12:54 23 February
Author of German book about Khojaly genocide: “German society has no information about the Khojaly events”
He said that his book was published in German and added that he didn’t refer only to its lectures: “I referred to the documents. The book will be distributed among all middle schools and universities of Germany. My purpose is to inform the German people about Khojaly tragedy, I consider that a part of German people will have information about this genocide through this book”.
12:17 23 February
Representatives of Yahad – In Unum, leading research organization investigating “The Holocaust by Bullets” visit Azerbaijan
Yahad–In Unum is the leading research organization investigating the mass executions of 1.5 million Jews and Roma/Gypsy people in Eastern Europe between 1941 and 1944. This is sometimes referred to as “The Holocaust by Bullets”. The team of Yahad – In Unum travels from village to village, where they interview and film the surviving eyewitnesses, using testimony of witnesses to discover the locations of the graves. Up to now, more than 2000 interviews have been filmed. Researchers, journalists, education workers and the families wishing to find traces of their relatives can obtain these microfilms at the main office of Yahad – In Unum. Established in 2004, Yahad – In Unum has located a lot of mass graves in more than 600 cities of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Poland.
12:09 23 February
Ceyhun Osmanli: “We expect ten thousands of people to join Khojaly rally in Istanbul” - INTERVIEW
- Events are being held in many countries on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide but the ones in Turkey are explicitly vibrant and active. What is the reason for this?
11:56 23 February
Azerbaijani Ombudsperson issues statement on 20th anniversary of Khojaly genocide
Press service of the Ombudsperson’s Office told APA that the statement reads: “20 years have passed from the Khojaly genocide - one of the bloodstained pages of human history. On the eve of this terrible event, revealing the insidious acts of the perpetrators of the crime, delivering the information on Armenian vandalism and the truth of Azerbaijan to world community is of great importance. The Khojaly genocide, which was a part of Armenian aggressive policy against Azerbaijan and resulted in mass violation of the norms and principles of international law, human rights and freedoms, is another terrible example of ethnic cleansing and genocide policy carried out by the Armenian nationalists and their supporters against Azerbaijan lasting for long years: “As the Soviet leadership did not give any political assessment to the demonstrations staged by the Armenians since February 1988, claiming annexation of Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia, it led to the occupation of 20% of Azerbaijani historical lands, including Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding seven districts. As a result, over 20,000 people were killed; more than 50,000 people were injured and became disabled; many Azerbaijani soldiers became prisoners of war and civilians were taken hostage; up to now one million Azerbaijanis are still living in their homeland as refugees and IDPs. The crime committed in Khojaly by the Armenian armed forces together with the 366th motor-rifling regiment of former Soviet troops in Khankendi 20 years ago on the night from 25 to 26 February was one of the unprecedented events not only in the history of Nagorno-Karabakh war but also of the world wars due to its horrible results. The Khojaly tragedy - the act of genocide committed by Armenian aggressors against the Azerbaijani people, put an end to the life of 613 people, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 old people. 487 people were injured, 1275 civilians were taken captive, and 150 persons were missing. Fundamental human rights, basic right - right to life, of Azerbaijanis were violated in a mass scale.”
18:26 22 February
Turkish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee issues statement on Khojaly massacre
Baku – APA. Turkish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee held discussions today on 20th anniversary of Khojaly genocide, APA reports. Committee’s Chairman Volkan Bozkir said that the statement was unanimously at the meeting. The statement says:
16:47 22 February
Witnesses of Khojaly genocide hold press conference in Istanbul
Residents of the town of Khojaly Mahammad Shukurov, Alamdar Guluzadeh, Mammad Nagiyev and Zarifa Guliyeva addressed the participants. They said Turkey always supported and assisted Azerbaijan in delivering true information about Khojaly genocide to the world. “Now we want the Turkish parliament to recognize the Khojaly tragedy as genocide”, they said.
15:39 22 February
Leaders of religious communities in Azerbaijan issue joint statement on 20th anniversary of Khojaly tragedy
APA reports that Chairman of the Caucasian Muslim Board Sheikh-ul-Islam Allhashukur Pashazadeh, Bishop Alexander of the Baku and Azerbaijan Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church and Ordinary of Roman Catholic Church in Azerbaijan Vladimir Fekete signed the statement.
15:01 22 February
Ways from genocide to genocide
Baku - APA. An article by APA Group Director General Vusala Mahirgizi was published in Turkey’s Cumhurriyyet newspaper. The article was published in the column hosted by newspaper’s famous journalist Mina Kirikkanat. We present the article’s Azeri version.
13:30 22 February
Armenia and separatist regime in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan committed 373 terrorist attacks till 1994
Baku. Hafiz Heydarov – APA. The General Prosecutor’s Office’s Scientific and Education Center held a briefing today due to the criminal cases investigated in the Republic’s Military Prosecutor’s Office in connection with the genocide committed in Khojaly by the Armenian armed forces as a result of undeclared war carried out by Armenia against Azerbaijan. APA reports that in his speech, Chief of the Special Investigation Department of the Republican Military Prosecutor’s Office, colonel-lieutenant Mehman Poladov said that the baseless claims of the aggressive Armenian nationalists against Azerbaijan and creation of Nagorno Karabalh problem in the second half of 1980s resulted in the massive massacre and deportation of Azerbaijanis from their historical lands, destruction of our cities and villages, material and cultural monuments, national genofond. Genocide was committed in 1991-1992 in Khojaly and other residential sections, the town of Shusha and other many residential sections were occupied, and the ethnic cleansing operation was carried out there. At the same time, pursuing state terrorism and genocide policy, Armenia and separatist regime in the occupied territories committed 373 fatal terrorist attacks till 1994. 20 000 Azerbaijanis were killed, more than 50 000 were wounded and became disabled, thousands residential sections and residential buildings, educational and medical facilities, economic objects were destroyed, more than 1 mln of our compatriots became refugees and IDPs as a result of occupation of 20% of our territories.
12:34 22 February
Special investigation department: Fate of 150 people, including 68 women and 28 children, captured by Armenians during massacre in Khojaly, is still unknown
Baku. Hafiz Heydarov – APA. According to the investigation of massacre committed by Armenians in Khojaly, 3000 people were questioned as witnesses and sufferers, 2000 people were recognized as injured, chief of grave crime investigation department of Military Prosecutor’s Office Mehman Poladov said during a briefing.
12:17 22 February
Occupation of Khojaly causes $170 mln damages to Azerbaijan
He said according to the international law, Khojaly tragedy is genocide and a crime against humanity. Comprehensive investigation was conducted on the cases of genocide, deportation, torture and other episodes and 239 persons were identified as guilty of crimes against humanity and peace. 116 persons are accused of massacres in Khojlay, Garadaghli, Baghanis-Ayrim, Meshali and Kergicahan towns of Azerbaijan, 35 persons are accused of tortures, 3 are accused of terrorism, 85 persons are accused of other crimes, including brigandage, murder, illegal arms storage. The court passed decision to bring generally 287 persons to justice. Those persons were declared wanted.
12:00 22 February
“Iran’s policy on Azerbaijan is not a policy of friendly neighborhood”
Baku. Ramil Mammadli – APA. APA’s interview with chairman of All Azerbaijan Popular Front Party, MP Gudrat Hasanguliyev
15:24 21 February
Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan: This year we will reach serious achievements towards the recognition of Khojaly genocide in the world, disclosure of culprits of this tragedy
As we all know, 20 years will pass this year from Khojaly tragedy. Azerbaijani President sanctioned the commemoration of 20th anniversary worthy of the memory of Khojaly martyrs and corresponding to the level of tragedy”, Head of Public Policy department of Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Ali Hasanov told APA. Reminding the existence of order of Azerbaijani President on commemorating the Khojaly genocide, Hasanov said that the corresponding measures would be taken not only in the country, but abroad: “We are planning to hold systematic events in all countries from Asia to Europe and America, where Azerbaijan is represented by its embassies and diaspora organizations, and to attract attention of public communities of those countries to this tragedy, these atrocities”.
13:59 21 February
Texas state legislature passes resolution on Khojaly Massacre’s 20th Anniversary
According to the resolution, Feb 26, 2012 is a Memorial Day for all Azerbaijanis around the world. "The massacre was reported by major US news publications and has been described by the Human Rights Watch/Helsinki organization", says the document.
11:53 21 February
Maryland State Senator Brian Frosh responds to US Azeris’ "Commemorate Khojaly Massacre" campaign
Washington. Isabel Levine – APA. Maryland State Senator Brian Frosh responded to US Azeris’ 5th annual "Commemorate Khojaly Massacre" campaign.
11:44 21 February