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Remembering Khojaly Genocide

25th Anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre

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: 

 

2016

U.S. State of Idaho proclaims ‘Khojaly Remembrance Day’

Idaho became the 21st State in the United States to recognize the Khojaly massacre and honor its innocent victims.

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The Governor of the U.S. State of Georgia Nathan Deal signed a statement recognizing the Khojaly massacre and honoring its innocent victims

U.S. State of Georgia issues a statement recognizing the Khojaly‬ massacre

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Hallandale Beach proclaims February 26 as Khojaly Remembrance Day

The Mayor`s Office of the city of Hallandale Beach, the state of Florida, U.S., has adopted a proclamation on the 24th anniversary of Khojaly genocide.

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U.S. State of Montana proclaims “Khojaly Remembrance Day”

The Governor of the U.S. State of Montana Steve Bullock signed a statement condemning the Khojaly Massacre.

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U.S. State of Hawaii condemns the Khojaly Massacre.

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.

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February 2016 – Nebraska

Nebraska becomes the 18th U.S. State to condemn the Khojaly Massacre.

The Governor of the U.S. State of Nebraska Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation condemning the Khojaly Massacre

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March 2015 – Utah

U.S. State of Utah recognizes Khojaly massacre.

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

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February 2015 –  Arizona

Arizona recognizes Khojaly Genocide.

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.

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February 2015 – Pennsylvania

House of Representatives of Pennsylvania State adopts special resolution on Khojaly genocide.

House of Representatives of Pennsylvania State adopted a special resolution in connection with the 23rd anniversary of Khojaly tragedy.

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February 2015 Texas 

Member of Texas House of Representatives adopts resolution on Khojaly tragedy.

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.

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February 2015 – Georgia

Governor of U.S. State of Georgia signs statement on Khojaly massacre.

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

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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.

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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.

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August 20, 2013 – FLORIDA
Member of Florida House of Representatives Daphne D. Campbell has signed a resolution commemorating the 21st anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre.
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April 16, 2013 – CONNECTICUT
General Assembly of Connecticut recognizes Khojaly genocide. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/trn/H/2013HTR00416-R00-TRN.htm

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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

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March 18, 2013 – TENNESSEE

Tennessee’s legislative branch recognizes Khojaly massacre. http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/HR0048.pdf

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March 18, 2013 – PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania General Assembly recognizes Khojaly Massacre.

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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

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February 8, 2013 – ARKANSAS

Senate of Arkansas recognizes Khojaly massacre. http://www.arkansashouse.org/bill/2013R/HR1004

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January 21, 2013 – NEW MEXICO

The Senate of the US state of New Mexico adopts resolution to commemorate victims of Khojaly tragedy

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June 6, 2012 – CANADIAN PARLIAMENT

Statement on Khojaly genocide made at Canadian Parliament

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March 23, 2012 – MAINE

U.S. House of Representatives: Maine passes resolution on Khojaly tragedy

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February 28, 2012 – GEORGIA

U.S. State of Georgia House of Representatives adopted the resolution of Khojaly
Massacre. http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20112012/122837.pdf

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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.

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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

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February 25, 2010 – MASSACHUSETTS

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:

MAKhojaly“Be it hereby known to all that: Massachusetts House of Representatives offers its sincerest acknowledgement of the 18th commemoration of the Khojaly Massacre”

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March 25, 2009 – CALIFORNIA
Member of the US California Legislature Assembly Felipe Fuentes sent a letter to the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Khojlay massacre,“I am joining Azerbaijani-Americans and the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan as they mourn victims of the Khojaly tragedy, which took place on February 26, 1992. On that day, over 613 Azerbaijani civilians lost their lives and hundreds more were injured in what the Human Rights Watch described as “the worst massacre to date” in the war between neighboring Armenia and Azerbaijan. International eyewitness accounts state that the attack on Khojaly was carried out jointly by Armenian forces and Russian troops based in the region. Peaceful resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict and justice for perpetrators of war crimes are important for ending violence against civilians throughout the world. I support the efforts of the U.S. State Department to bring about peaceful solutions to the existing conflicts in the Caucasus and express my condolences to the families of Khojaly”, Fuentes said in his letter.
     Assembly member Felipe Fuentes made this statement not conceding to the pressure of local Armenian Diaspora and pro-Armenian legislators.
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