KHOJALY GENOCIDE A DARK CHAPTER IN AZERBAIJANI HISTORY

26 FEBURARY 2021

The Khojaly genocide is one of the most tragic pages of Azerbaijani history; from February 25 to 26 1992, the town of Khojaly experienced the most inhumane and tragic events mainly targeting civilians. Armenian occupational forces and the 366th regiment of the former Soviet Union charged against civilians, inflicting inhumane acts such as torture, burning of civilians to death, mutilation, stabbing pregnant women and killing children.

According to statistics, 613 people were killed, among them, 63 children, 106 women, including 70 elderly and eight families. Twenty-five children lost both parents and 103 lost a parent. The Armenian forces showed no mercy as being Azerbaijani was enough reason for them to inflict such inhumane acts. As the Armenian ex-President said:

“Before Khojaly, the Azerbaijanis thought that they were joking with us; they thought that the Armenians were people who could not raise their hand against the civilian population. We were able to break that. And that’s what happened.”

After the Khojaly events, a major question arose as to why Armenians, who claimed to have survived oppression and “genocide”, would partake in such cruel events as Khojaly. Furthermore, there is the question of why Armenia would erect a statue of Garegin Nzhdeh, an extremist and Nazi sympathiser, in the capital Yerevan.  

Garegin Nzhdeh assisted with the ethnic cleansing of Jewish people during World War 2 and it is no surprise that during the first Karabakh War, Armenians aimed to cleanse ethnic Azerbaijanis who lived in the Karabakh region – the Khojaly events lend credence to these allegations.

Apart from Khojaly, during the second Karabakh War (September 27 to November 10 2020), Armenians bombed the city of Gandja, located 100 kilometres from the conflict zone and the second largest city in Azerbaijan, to kill civilians and raise chaos among the population, according to their Ministry of Defence. It is evident that they used the rocket Iskandar to hit cities such as Gandja, Terter and Barda, killing nearly 100 civilians.

As a state claiming to be the first to adopt Christianity and survive “genocide”, it is surprising to see them targeting civilians and completely ignore International norms on human rights. These are well-known facts that prove Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan. Furthermore, the following states recognise the occurrence of the Khojaly Genocide: Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pakistan, Colombia, Czech Republic, Honduras, Sudan, Guatemala, Djibouti, Paraguay, Panama, Scotland, Mexico, and Jordan.