KHOJALY GENOCIDE – THE TRAGEDY OF THE 20TH CENTURY
The town of Khojaly was situated within the administrative borders of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. Its population constituted over 7,000 people.
Late into the night of February 25, 1992, Khojaly came under intensive fire from the towns of Khankendi and Askeran already occupied by Armenian armed forces. The Armenian forces, supported by the ex-Soviet 366th regiment, completed the surrounding of the town already isolated due to ethnic cleansing of the Azerbaijani population of the neighboring regions. The joint forces occupied the town, which was ruined by heavy artillery shelling.
Thousands of fleeing civilians were ambushed by the Armenian forces. Punitive teams of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh defense army reached the unprotected civilians to slaughter them, mutilating and scalping some of the bodies. 613 civilians, including 106 women, 70 elderly and 83 children, were killed in the massacre. A total of 1,000 civilians were disabled. Eight families were exterminated, and 25 children lost both parents, while 130 children lost one parent. Moreover, 1,275 innocent people were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 remains unknown.
Recognition and Remembrance:
February 2016 – Hawaii
The Governor of the U.S. State of Hawaii David Ige has signed a Special Message condemning the Khojaly Massacre, which was committed by Armenia’s armed forces against the Azerbaijani civilians in 1992.
February 2016 – Nebraska
The Governor of the U.S. State of Nebraska Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation condemning the Khojaly Massacre
March 2015 – Utah
The Governor of the U.S. State of Utah Gary Herbert signed a letter on March 2, 2015 recognizing and condemning the Khojaly massacre, which was committed by Armenia against Azerbaijani civilians in 1992
February 2015 – Arizona
The senate of the U.S.’ Arizona State has recognized the Khojaly genocide, a heinous crime committed by the Armenian armed forces against Azerbaijani civilians in early 1990s.
February 2015 – Pennsylvania
House of Representatives of Pennsylvania State adopted a special resolution in connection with the 23rd anniversary of Khojaly tragedy.
February 2015 – Texas
Member of the Texas House of Representatives of the U.S. Gene Wu has circulated a resolution on the 23rd anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy.
February 2015 – Georgia
The Governor of the U.S. State of Georgia Nathan Deal has signed a statement on the Khojaly massacre, which was committed by Armenia against the Azerbaijani civilians in 1992
March 7, 2014 – Washington, DC
U.S. Congressman issues statement on 22nd anniversary of Khojaly genocide – Congressman Bill Shuster has issued a statement on the 22nd anniversary of the Khojaly genocide.
March 4, 2014 – Indiana
Indiana State recognizes the Khojaly genocide – The U.S. state of Indiana has become the fifteenth U.S. state to recognize the Khojaly genocide, a bloody massacre committed against Azerbaijani people in early 1990s.
April 16, 2013 – CONNECTICUT
General Assembly of Connecticut recognizes Khojaly genocide. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/trn/H/2013HTR00416-R00-TRN.htm
April 3, 2013 – WEST VIRGINIA
The State of West Virginia passes resolution on Khojaly tragedy. http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Text_HTML/2013_SESSIONS/RS/Bills/hcr104%20intr.htm
March 18, 2013 – TENNESSEE
Tennessee’s legislative branch recognizes Khojaly massacre. http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/HR0048.pdf
March 18, 2013 – PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania General Assembly recognizes Khojaly Massacre.
February 20, 2013 – OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma State Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing the Khojaly massacre at its first session. http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2013-14%20INT/SRES/SR3%20INT.PDF
February 8, 2013 – ARKANSAS
Senate of Arkansas recognizes Khojaly massacre. http://www.arkansashouse.org/bill/2013R/HR1004
January 21, 2013 – NEW MEXICO
The Senate of the US state of New Mexico adopts resolution to commemorate victims of Khojaly tragedy
June 6, 2012 – CANADIAN PARLIAMENT
Statement on Khojaly genocide made at Canadian Parliament
March 23, 2012 – MAINE
U.S. House of Representatives: Maine passes resolution on Khojaly tragedy
February 28, 2012 – GEORGIA
U.S. State of Georgia House of Representatives adopted the resolution of Khojaly
February 26, 2012 – NEW JERSEY
New Jersey State Governor Chris Christie and Lt.-Governor Kim Guadagno have issued a statement on Khojaly Massacre noting that the State of New Jersey joins honoring the victims of the Massacre.
February 21, 2012 – TEXAS
Texas House of Representatives passes resolution on Khojaly genocide http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=HR535
The Massachusetts State House of Representatives adopted a document on February 25, acknowledging the Khojaly massacre. The document signed by House Speaker Robert Deleo says:
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