Justice for Khojaly protest action held in front of UN New York headquarters
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 28 / Trend , E. Rustamov/ America Azerbaijan Society and Azerbaijan America Council held large-scale Justice for Khojaly protest action in front of UN New York headquarters on Friday.
The three-hour event was attended by members of the Azerbaijani, Turkish and Jewish diaspora, Azerbaijani MPs Ganira Pashayeva and Havva Mammadova, Azerbaijan America Council President Javid Huseynov and Azerbaijan America Society President Tomris Azeri. An official letter on behalf of the protest action participants was introduced to the UN Secretariat General.
A conference on the Khojaly Genocide's 17th anniversary will be held in the Turkish Center in New York on Feb. 28. Tomris Azeri, Javid Huseynov, MPs Ganira Pashayeva and Havva Mammadova, Montana University Professor Thomas Goltz, Turkish consul general Mehmet Samsar and Federation of Turkey-America Society head Kaya Boztepe will deliver a speech at the conference.
A film and photo exhibition by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation will be demonstrated at the conference. Book 'Karabakh Truth' will be circulated to the guests. English language book 'Khojaly Genocide" written by Azerbaijani MPs Ganira Pashayeva and Havva Mammadova will be presented.
The conference will be preceded by press conference for the U.S. media. America Azerbaijan Society and Azerbaijan America Council are holding large-scale events in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Texas and Washington as a part of the Justice Khojaly campaign.
Armenian troops committed genocide in Khojali city with population of 7,000 on Feb. 26, 1992. There were about 3,000 people in the city during the occupation. Majority of the population had to leave the city due to the four-month siege.
Within hours, over 600 unarmed Azerbaijani citizens were killed. Among them were 106 women and 83 children. About 1,000 people were disabled by shots; 8 families were fully destroyed. A total of 25 children lost both of their parents and 130 children lost one of them. About 1,275 people were taken prisoner. Around 150 people went missing.
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