Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 6 / Trend I. Izzet /
Voting continues for a petition posted on the official website of the White House to recognise the Khojaly genocide, the State Committee for Work with Diaspora told Trend on Wednesday.
The petition placed in the 'We the people' section of the official White House website, provides for the collection of signatures for commemoration of the Khojaly genocide victims and statement of the U.S. president in this regard on the eve of the 21st Anniversary of the tragedy.
Commencement of voting within the 'We the people' campaign was announced on January 25 to collect electronic signatures. Those wishing to participate in the campaign can do so by clicking on the following link: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/issue-proclamation-commemorating-and-recognizing-war-crime-khojaly-massacre-and-its-victims/W8BbDqYx
It is necessary to indicate full name, email address and other relevant information in order to create an account. The zip code section can be left blank.
Notification email with a code to create a profile page is sent for confirmation following completion of the registration on the official website of the White House. This code must be entered in the 'sign in' section after the email address. This can be done by clicking on the link in the email.
Registration is completed after logging into the newly created private account. The petition can be signed by clicking on 'SİGN THİS PETİTİON'.
Each person can vote only once from the same computer. If a user attempts to create multiple profiles and sign the petition several times the use of personal computer's IP-addresses that is registered in the White House website will be restricted.
On Feb. 25-26 February, 1992, Armenian occupation forces together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops stationed in Khankendi (earlier Stepanakert) fired on the Azerbaijani town of Khojali that had been under siege for months. Within one night the town was razed to the ground. Some 613 people were killed including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old men. A total of 1000 civilians were injured during the genocide. Eight families were killed, 130 children lost one parent and 25 lost both. Additionally, 1275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 remains unknown.