Protest action against Khojali genocide to be held outside Armenian embassy in U.S.
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 17 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
As part of the Khojali Week to be organized by the U.S.-Azerbaijan Society and U.S.-Azerbaijan Council, protest actions will be held in front of the Armenian Embassy in Washington.
"Khojali Week will start on Feb. 20, U.S.-Azerbaijan Council Baku Office head Kamala Pashayeva told journalists.
"As part of the week, conferences will be held in San Francisco, Chicago and Houston. A protest action will be held in front of the UN Headquarters in New York. A document with requirement to provide a legal evaluation of the Khojali genocide and punish the guilty will be submitted to the UN, U.S. State Department, Senate and Congress during the action. Participants will burn candles to commemorate victims of the genocide," said Pashayeva.
Photos and films presented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation will be demonstrated at the conferences on Khojali genocide, she said.
On the night of Feb. 25, 1992, Armenian separatists committed genocide in Khojali town with a population of 7,000 people.
During the capture of Khojali by Armenian armed forces about 3,000 people were in the town, as due a four-month-lasting blockade majority of the population had to leave. During the capture, 613 civilians were killed and 1,000 civilians became disabled. A total of 63 children, 106 women and 70 elderly people were slaughtered. Eight families were completely eliminated. Twenty-five children lost both parents, 130 lost one parent. On the night of the tragedy, 1,275 people were taken hostage and 150 of them went missing.
The Azerbaijani government is considering pressing a lawsuit against Armenia at the International Criminal Court, Presidential Administration's Public and Political Department head Ali Hasanov told Trend earlier.
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