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28 February 2020

A commemorative ceremony dedicated to the 28th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide was held at the Mozart Concert Hall in Strasbourg, organized by the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the Council of Europe as part of "Justice for Khojaly!” international awareness campaign.

The commemorative ceremony was attended by the diplomatic corps accredited to the Council of Europe, academic circles of Strasbourg and representatives of the local community, as well as Azerbaijani students studying at the University of Strasbourg and diaspora representatives.

During the commemorative ceremony, Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the Council of Europe Fakhraddin Ismayilov informed the participants about the Khojaly massacre - a crime against humanity. He noted that the Khojaly tragedy was part of Armenia's policy of ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijanis. He stated that on the night of 25-26 February 1992, the Armenian armed forces committed an act of genocide against innocent people in the city of Khojaly in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

He recalled that 613 Azerbaijanis, including women, children and the elderly, were brutally killed by Armenians overnight. He also reminded that, as a result of the occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory by Armenian military units, hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis were expelled from their native lands.

F.Ismayilov said that such atrocities were unacceptable in the late XX century and stressed the importance of the international awareness campaign "Justice for Khojaly!" initiated by Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva in informing the global community about the Khojaly Genocide. He informed the participants about the events taken within the campaign. He noted with regret that the perpetrators of this genocide have not yet been brought to justice. Residents of Khojaly demand justice and punishment for those, who are responsible for this massacre. Otherwise, impunity and silence will lead to new human tragedies.