March 31: Commemoration of the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis
Dear Friend,

Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis, or "March Days" as it is often referred to in academic documents, is a bitter part of Azerbaijan's history. In late March-early April 1918, Armenian bands supported by Russian Bolsheviks massacred nearly 12,000 ethnic Azerbaijanis in Baku, Shemakha, Guba, Goychay and other localities of Azerbaijan. Please participate in this letter campaign to inform your elected officials and local media about the genocide perpetrated against Azerbaijani Turks, Jews, Tatars in the beginning of the 20th century.

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Dear elected official:

March 31 is known as the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis, referring to the tragic events that took place on March 31-April 1, 1918, as well as other tragic events in the 19th and 20th centuries that have brought enormous suffering to the Azerbaijani people. It is estimated that well over 500,000 Azerbaijanis have perished as a result of the Azerbaijani Genocide.

After the proclamation of the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic (ADR) on May 28, 1918, the "March Events" were investigated by the ADR Government. In 1919-1920, and the ADR observed March 31 as a National Day of Mourning. This was the first-ever genuine attempt to give political and legal assessment of the policy of genocide against Azeris. No other nation has commemorated genocide as early as 1919 but the Azerbaijanis. Despite this, the Azerbaijani Genocide is not as well known in the world, particularly in the U.S.

Azerbaijani people were unable to commemorate the Azerbaijani Genocide during the Soviet years (much like Ukrainians were not able to observe Holodomor, and the Circassians were not able to observe Circassian Genocide). Observation of March 31 was re-established only after Azerbaijan regained its independence in the 1990's, to commemorate not just one particular massacre, but the policy of genocide against Azerbaijani people carried out since the 19th century and throughout the entire 20th century, with the final act being the Khojaly Massacre of 1992.

The Governor of Nevada has issued a proclamation in 2009, 2010, 2011 recognizing March 31 as the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the genocide. Texas State Representative John Zerwas did the same in 2011, commemorating March 31 with a resolution. Several countries around the world have also recognized the Azerbaijani Genocide on legislative level. 

The Azerbaijani-American community and the US Azeris Network (USAN) are commemorating the Azerbaijani Genocide, and encourage all to make a statement for the record, such as via a proclamation or resolution. 

USAN Member
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