On 26 February 2019, an event called "A Night of Pain" dedicated to the 27th anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy was organized by the Youth Foundation of the Republic of Azerbaijan at the Baku Congress Center in the framework of the "Justice for Khojaly" international awareness campaign. The Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, initiator of "Justice for Khojaly" campaign Leyla Aliyeva, Head of the Department of Youth Policy and Sports at the Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Yusuf Mammadaliyev, as well as Khojaly residents, heads of youth organizations and young activists.
At the outset, the National Anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan was played and the memory of victims of the tragedy was commemorated with a minute of silence.
Farid Jafarov, Executive Director of the Youth Foundation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, spoke at the event and informed the participants about the Khojaly genocide, as well as the lands of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia and noted that the Youth Foundation will continue such kind of events as a part of “Justice for Khojaly” campaign. In his speech, head of the Foundation said that on the night of 25-26 February 1992, the Armenian armed forces committed genocide against the civilian population of Khojaly. In this bloody massacre, 613 people were killed, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly people, 1,275 people were taken hostage, and the fate of 150 people is still unknown. During the tragedy, 487 residents of Khojaly, including 76 children, became disabled, and 25 children lost both parents.
Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Affairs of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons of the Republic of Azerbaijan Fuad Huseynov noted that the Khojaly tragedy is a bloodstained memory in our history, which we can never forget. He said that an unprecedented blood-spattered massacre was committed against our peaceful compatriots in Khojaly 27 years ago, when hundreds of our compatriots were brutally killed by the Armenian armed forces. Fuad Huseynov noted that the systematic work to bring the truth about this massacre to the attention of the world community has been successful, and stressed the importance of joint efforts in this direction. Live witnesses of the Khojaly tragedy, Asad Farajov and Valeh Huseynov, informed the participants about the horrors of the genocide.
Arye Gut, a well-known Israeli expert on international relations, and his father, author Amir Gut, presented a documentary novel "Pain" about the Khojaly genocide committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis. Then, in the artistic part of the event, an art composition called “A Night of Pain” was demonstrated.
During the event, an exhibition of historical photos taken by foreign and local photographers reflecting the Khojaly tragedy was organized in the lobby of the Baku Congress Center.