SIGN this petition to support victims of Khojaly
26 February 1992 Azerbaijani inhabitants of the Karabakh Region in Azerbaijan were massacred in a cold winter night
During this cruel massacre, hundreds of innocent Azerbaijanis living in Khojaly District in Karabakh Region, including children and (pregnant) women, were brutally murdered by Armenians. This tragedy is also known as the Khojaly Massacre. The city of Khojaly was attacked in the middle of the night on February 26, 1992. The residents of Khojaly who were forced to flee by the unexpected attack, were stopped by armed soldiers on the humanitarian corridor they were given and killed mercilessly.
This bloody crime of the Armenians was an unprecedented massacre in history against Azerbaijanis.
The tragic consequences of the occupation of Khojaly are as follows: 613 people, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly people were killed: 8 families were totally exterminated; 25 children lost both parents; 130 children lost a parent; 60 people were killed with great brutality; 487 people became disabled; 1,275 people were taken hostage; the fate of 155 people is still unknown after 30 years; 280 bodies could not be buried.
Today, the Khojaly Massacre is recognised as a Genocide by many countries such as Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Sudan, Jordan, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Djibouti. This is in accordance with international law.
In the U.S.A, more than 20 states have signed motions and/or resolutions in support of the Khojaly Massacre. Unfortunately, the Netherlands has not shown any interest or attempt to recognise this horrifying event as Massacre or Genocide.
We regret to mention that despite our repeated requests to the Dutch Parliament to discuss a possibility of recognition of the Khojaly Massacre as Genocide have never taken place.
That is why we ask once again the Dutch Parliament to pay attention to this Massacre in Parliament and bring it into discussion. It is now more actual at this very moment, given the possible massacres that is happening in the Ukraine, too. And it causes pain for everyone who lost family members or loved ones at the time. Given an official attention to this massacre, recognising pain of the victims and survivors, as well as tragedy that Azerbaijanis went through during last 30 years, can only soften pain and create more space to reduce polarisation and create more effective community integration into the Dutch Society. In addition, we also request that the Dutch government recognise the massacre events of February 26, 1992 as genocide.
We would like to be voice of Khojaly Massacre Victims and ask you kindly create for us a space where we feel heard and seen.
We do not seek revenge! Azerbaijanis lives matter. We ask for recognition and justice for Khojaly victims and survivors!