The 29th anniversary of Khojaly Genocide
On the night of February 25-26, 1992 the Armenia’s Military Forces carried out a bloody massacre in a town of Khojaly in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan. As a result of the attack 5379 inhabitants of the city were forcefully expelled, 1275 were captured and taken hostage and were tortured, 487 were injured, 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 elderly brutally murdered. The Khojaly genocide and other crimes against humanity perpetrated by Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law. The Republic of Armenia continued its crimes against humanity with the deliberate targeting of Azerbaijani civilians during the Second Karabakh War in 2020 using the same terror tactics but with enhanced military equipment. Both of these crimes against humanity illustrate an intentional violence against Azerbaijanis. The European Court of Human Rights mentioned that the actions committed during Khojaly Genocide qualify as “acts of particular gravity which may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity”. Also, the national legislative bodies of 17 countries, as well as 25 States of the USA assessing the massacre of civilians in Khojaly as a crime against humanity.
The Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Canada hopes that within the framework of existing international law, individuals who are responsible for serious crimes committed during Armenia’s aggression against Azerbaijan will be brought to justice.