This year are very special and such got big fortune while uncoincidencely has iconic numbers on historical moment. On February 27th when a nationwide march has been held in Baku to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Khojaly tragedy-one of the bloodiest crimes in the history of mankind from the last 3 decades-.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his first lady Mehriban Aliyeva and those family members has attended this long march. They gathered to pay tributes to the victims of Khojaly tragedy and draw the world community`s attention to this crime against humanity, which was committed by the Armenian fascists.
They hold portraits of innocent victims of the bloody event-slaughtered children, women and elders-photos depicting abominable scenes of slaughter, placards with names and surnames of victims demanding to bring to punish perpetrators of the tragedy and to recognize this genocide at an international level.
The placards wrote that imply to the world must recognize Khojaly genocide, “Justice for Khojaly”, “Do not forget Khojaly!”, “Say No to Armenian fascism!”, “Khojaly genocide-27” and other slogans are displayed on large monitors along the streets, and on placards on building walls and balconies. It may seem picturing on dark cold night tragedy comes to live.
|Khojaly Genocide Monument|
A ceremonial guard of honor was lined up around the memorial monument. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev puts a wreath at the memorial and paid tribute to Khojaly victims. State and government officials, ministers, heads of committees and companies, representatives of the diplomatic corps, heads of religious confessions and Khojaly genocide survivors also placed flowers at the memorial.
That march brings a climax of large-scale work carried out by Azerbaijan in order to make the truth about Khojaly genocide known to the world and convince the international community that if the perpetrators of this genocide remain unpunished, this may lead to a repetition of such tragedies in any place across the globe.
The march showed the Azerbaijani people is unity, their respect for martyrs as well as their eagerness to do their utmost to liberate the occupied territories and restore the country`s territorial integrity. The atrocity committed by Armenians in the town of Khojaly in Nagorno-Karabakh on the night of 25-26 February 1992 went down in the history of Azerbaijan as a bloody memories.
|Source: Azerbaijan Embassy of Jakarta|
Not only in Azerbaijan, this commemoration also to acknowledge as majority Muslim country on February 26th included here in Indonesia. Located in Ruang Apung, UI Library, Depok, West Java was held International Seminars event(open for public)entitled Humanity: In Search Of Justice For Peaceful Coexistence on Monday, February 25th, 2019.
With an honour has invite the speakers: His Excellency Mr. Ruslan Nasibov from Charge d'Affaires Azerbaijan Embassy of Jakarta dan Bapak Dr. Fuad Gani, S.S., M. A. selaku Kepala Perpustakaan University of Indonesia (as Head of UI Library)who moderates that discussion. Last but not least Bloggers/ Writers who gave this rarely invitation for third time as guest honour from Azerbaijan Embassy for Indonesia in Jakarta.
|Speaker and Moderator (Left to Right)|
From Mr. Ruslan presentation we gaining many perspective about the humanity issues and he tells a story describe on how sadness and devastating in Khojaly at that moment. Slide by slide of photos and image captured historical moment on that situations. Moreover to closing remarks we also watch video screening that shows us many victims, survivors, international parliaments and other supporters for Khojaly Genocide in last discussion.
|Mr Ruslan Nasibov when gives his speech to audience at UI Library|
He says based on data, "In fact the statistics of Khojaly genocide are as follows: of 3,000 people who were in the town at the moment of the attack 613 were killed, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elders; 487 people were severely wounded, including 76 children; 1,275 people were captured and subjected to unprecedented torture; the fate of 197 people still remains unknown. Eight families were totally annihilated". All these people were slaughtered, tortured and disabled solely because of their ethnic background, only for being Azerbaijanis.
This genocidal act by the Armenians was deliberately planned and its only objective was to partially or completely wipe out civilians because of their nationality. These actions are defined as genocide under international law, which must be recognized by the world community.
The main essentials of this genocide, which was committed in front of the eyes of the world, was uncovered only after national leader Heydar Aliyev`s coming to political power. At the initiative of her, Khojaly genocide was given a political and legal assessment, and every February 26 was declared as “Day of Khojaly Genocide”. Launched by Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva in 2008, “Justice for Khojaly” international campaign boosted the awareness-raising efforts even more.
The campaign has contributed to increasing the international community`s awareness of the truth about this genocide, exposing the Armenian nationalists who resort to any violence, including the murder of children, in order to reach their ridiculous and heinous plans. As a result of systematic work, what happened in Khojaly was recognized as a genocidal act by the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OKI), as well as the parliaments of Mexico, Pakistan, Czech Republic, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Honduras, Sudan, Guatemala and Djibouti.
The parliaments of Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Jordan, Slovenia and Scotland, as well as executive and legislative bodies of 22 American states recognized Khojaly events as a massacre.
From previous years the Heydar Aliyev Foundation continued to support the organization of Khojaly commemorative events across the world. This included commemorative rallies in Turkey, US, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Georgia and the Netherlands, commemorative events, conferences, exhibitions and contests in a number of other countries.
More than 120,000 people and 115 organizations have joined the campaign which functions successfully in dozens of countries. People here also can get involved to be part of this movement. As a world citizen we must give our contributions to participate about Justice for Khojaly campaign.
1. Stay informed in website campaign www.justiceforkhojaly.org as the interactive platform and major source of information on the Khojaly Genocide.
2. Supports in social media like Facebook, share the truth and spreading words to keep your friends informed.
3. Become a member and a volunteer.
Please Sign up at the website and becoming member and also contribute to several activities campaign who people interest.
4. Organize the events and projects to support initiative.
We can organize a public awareness event such as presentation, photo exhibitions, seminars, conferences, Remembrance day and other activities.
5. Sign the petition.
Support the campaign's goal in recognizing the Khojaly Genocide and take action for bringing perpetrators to justice.
6. Create a photo message.
Express and reflect your feelings through photo or images creatively and send it plus share on social media or website.
So, what are you waiting for? Let's do it together! From small act will get the bigger impact.
Peace and Love,
Stop the violence! Justice for all. Unity by diversity.