February 26, 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the heinous war crime against humanity perpetrated by the Armenian armed forces in the occupied Mountainous 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.
The massacre at Khojaly was the culmination 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 villages to the ground, 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.
As we approach the 30th anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre, we must inform the international community about atrocities committed by Armenian forces and demand justice for the victims of this heinous war crime. Please join the U.S. Azerbaijanis Network and the Azerbaijani community worldwide in commemorating the fallen victims of the Khojaly Massacre, and send the following letter to your elected officials by clicking on the link below, and ask them to adopt a resolution, issue proclamation or make an official statement on record on the 30th anniversary of the massacre. Please note that some state legislators have very low character limits. If the systems asks you to reduce the characters for state legislators, please feel free to edit the text by sending only the most important sentence. Please also use the Twitter option to send tweets to your elected officials.
We will never forget!