Join to commemorate 26th anniversary of Khojaly Massacre
February 26, 2018 marks the 26th anniversary of the heinous war crime against humanity perpetrated by the Armenian armed forces in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. On February 25-26, 1992, Armenian armed forces, and several Armenian paramilitary detachments, with the support of the 366th motorized rifle regiment of the Russian army, stormed the besieged town of Khojaly and cleansed it from its Azerbaijani population. By the morning hours of February 26, 613 bodies of Azerbajiani and Ahiska Turks lay lifeless, bullet-ridden, mutilated; among them 106 women, 83 children, 79 elderly. Many more went missing and fell into captivity, never to be heard from again. 

Massacre at Khojaly was the culmination point in a series of February ethnic cleansing assaults, perpetrated by Armenian forces. On February 10-11 and February 17, Armenian detachments seized the villages of Malibeyli and Gushchular, and Garadaghly, respectively, burning the the villages to the ground and massacring hundreds of civilians and forcing more into captivity. All these villages and Khojaly itself were part of the scorched earth policy, devised by the Armenian commanders intending to remove all the hope fleeing Azerbaijani may have for returning to their homes.

Khojaly Massacre has been recognized by more than two dozen US states and legislatures of numerous countries. The war crimes remains as one of the most well-documented event in conflict zones of 1990s. Several human rights organizations, including the Human Rights Watch have documented the horrors of the massacre. However, despite the fact that a quater century has passed since those tragic days, the main perpetrators of the crime have not been indicted and are still hiding in Armenia and behind the diplomatic immunity of office.

As we approach the 26th anniversary of Khojaly Massacre, we must inform the international community about the horrors of the war crimes committed by Armenian forces and demand justice for the massacred civilians. Please join the Azerbaijani-American community in commemorating the fallen victims of Khojaly Massacre and send the following letter to your elected officials and local media by clicking on the link below. We will never forget!

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