Azerbaijani Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsperson) Elmira Suleymanova has issued a statement regarding the 27th anniversary of the January 20 tragedy, the Ombudsman's Office told APA on Jan. 13.
“That bloody history that was engraved in the memories as a Black January night is not only the day which is remembered with bitterness, but martyrs’ Memorial Day, and a day of unity, pride and honor of the people who fought for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. The armed forces, which burst into Baku, killed 147 civilians regardless of nationality, age and gender, 744 civilians and innocent people were wounded in the capital, settlements and districts, hundreds went missing and 841 people were arrested illegally. Soldiers attacked even the ambulances and medical servants who came to help the wounded, they were also killed and wounded. Even after declaring a state of emergency on 20 January, 21 more people were killed,” the statement reads.
The statement has been sent to the UN Secretary General, UN Security Council, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, European Commission, OSCE, Council of Europe, Institute of International and European Ombudsmen, Asian Ombudsman Association, International Peace Bureau, human rights commissioners of various countries, Azerbaijan’s diplomatic missions abroad, diplomatic missions of foreign countries in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani Diaspora organizations.