Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Dubai: “We will never forget the martyrs of Khojaly. We are still waiting the offenders to be brought to justice.”

Dubai , 25 February, 2021 : Azerbaijan marks the 29th Anniversary of the
Khojaly genocide, which took place in 1992 during the occupation of the
Khojaly town by the Armenian armed forces who committed genocidal
crimes against the Azerbaijanis. As a result of the genocidal massacre, 613
citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan were killed, including 106 women, 63
children and 70 elderly. 1275 were taken hostage, while the fate of other
150 people remains unknown. The town was razed to the ground.


H.E. Javidan Huseynov, the Consul General of The Republic of
Azerbaijan in Dubai, stated that: “Numerous war crimes against humanity,
including genocide, were committed against the Azerbaijani civilians in
Khojaly town constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian and
human rights law, in particular the 1949 Geneva Conventions, Convention
on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant on
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Convention against Torture and
Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination, Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Convention for
the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms”.
In a press statement, his Excellency explained that Mr. Ilham Aliyev,
the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan had always underlined that the
only possible solution of Armenia Azerbaijan Nagorno Karabakh conflict
could be within the sovereignty, territorial integrity and internationally
recognized borders of Azerbaijan, and had stated about the necessity for
the unconditional withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied
territories of Azerbaijan and prosecution of those who committed the act of
genocide.
“The “Justice for Khojaly” international campaign initiated by Leyla
Aliyeva, the Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, is one of the

purposeful measures taken for dissemination in the world of the true
information about the Khojaly genocide and recognition of this tragedy as
an act of genocide committed against the people of Azerbaijan. Thus,
relevant decisions have been made on this genocide act in several
countries”, he added.
“The issue of the Khojaly genocide was raised to be discussed at the
parliaments of Pakistan, Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech
Republic, Jordan, Peru, Colombia, Paraguay, Honduras, Afghanistan,
Indonesia and others, and adopted political documents on condemning the
crime. Besides, the Khojaly genocide officially recognized by The
Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and condemned as a massacre”,
he elaborated.
In its judgment of 22 April 2010, the European Court of Human Rights
determined the massacre of the Azerbaijani civilian population of Khojaly
town to be “acts of particular gravity which may amount to war crimes or
crimes against humanity”.
H.E. strongly condemned the horrific attacks against Azerbaijani
civilians saying that the massacre was not an isolated or sporadic act, but a
part of Armenia’s widespread and systematic policy and practice of
atrocities. The intentional slaughter of the civilians in Khojaly was directed
at their mass extermination only because they were Azerbaijanis.
On September 27, 2020 in order to ensure the protection of life and
security of the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan and to suppress the
continuous combat activities of occupant Armenia, Azerbaijan Armed
Forces, led by Victorious Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev launched the
counter-offensive operation using its right of self-defense to liberate
occupied territories. During the 44-day Patriotic War, Jabrayil, Fuzuli,
Zangilan, Gubadli districts, as well as Hadrut town and Shusha, the capital
city of Azerbaijani culture were liberated from occupation.
“Withdrawal of Armenian Armed Forces from Aghdam, Kalbajar and
Lachin districts was ensured in accordance with the Declaration signed by
the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister of the

Republic of Armenia and the President of the Russian Federation on
November 10, 2020 on the complete ceasefire and cessation of all
hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. As a consequence,
fundamental rights of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijani civil citizens to
return to their ancestral lands have been restored”, he said.
“Paying to the tribute to the memory of martyrs on the eve of the 29th
Anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy we state that this crime must be
recognized and condemned by international bodies, and investigated by
the special international commission in compliance with the norms and
principles of international law, without allowing any double standards to
bring the perpetrators to justice. Otherwise, impunity and silence will lead to
new human tragedies. The people of Azerbaijan that commemorate the
victims of the Khojaly genocide on February 26 of each year, still wait
offenders of the genocide to be brought to justice”, he concluded.

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