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Khojaly Massacre: Public Awarness Campaign for 21st Anniversary

Background

Since 1988, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in conflict over a small region of Azerbaijan called Nagorno Karabakh. Though the region geographically belongs to Azerbaijan, ethnic separatists insist that Nagorno Karabakh should be a part of Armenia. United Nations Resolutions afforming Azerbaijan’s territorial rights have been disregarded, and the conflict remains frozen in time.

Khojaly is a small village within the Nagorno Karabakh region which, in 1992, had a population of about 6,300 people. In one night, nearly 10% of the population was wiped out in a massacre.

February 25, 1992

In the middle of the night, Armenia forces began an assault on Khojaly. The town was surrounded on three sides and dozens of Armenian fighters poured in, overwhelming the few remaining Azeri Special Forces militiamen left protecting the civilians.

February 26, 1992

The next morning, international journalists were greeted by a gruesome scene: a field littered with bodies, many of which bore marks of excessive cruelty. One observer noticed powder around gunshot wounds and realized that many of the victims had been shot at point-blank range.

In all, 613 persons were killed, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly people. Hundreds more were wounded and dozens vanished, never to be seen again.

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Updates and Recent Campaign News: 

Azerbaijan America Alliance Commemorates 21st Anniversary of Khojaly Massacre

Public Campaign in Washington, D.C. and New York City brings awareness of the tragedy to the American Public

Washington, D.C. — February 26th, 2013 – Today marks the 21st anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre in the NagornoKarabakh region of western Azerbaijan. On the night of February 26th, 1992, Armenian and Russian military forces invaded the village of Khojaly and massacred over 613 Azerbaijan civilians, including 106 women and 83 children. Azerbaijan America Alliance, a non-profit group promoting broad cultural and political relationships between Azerbaijan and America, is commemorating this anniversary by promoting a public awareness campaign of the tragedy in the Washington, D.C. and New York areas.

In remembering the Azeri victims of the massacre, Azerbaijan America Alliance Chairman Dan Burton stated, “The massacre that took place in the village of Khojaly where hundreds and possibly thousands of Azerbaijanis were killed or mutilated was a great tragedy…I applaud the government of Azerbaijan for making sure that the people of the region and the world do not forget.” 

Azerbaijan America Alliance’s awareness campaign began more than a week ago in Washington, D.C. and New York City simultaneously. It is foreseen that over 15 million people will see the campaign in both cities.

In New York City, mobile billboards and mobile projections with Khojaly remembrance posters were seen in a
variety of different populous locations and buildings throughout the area, such as Times Square, Radio City Music
Hall, the Tribeca and Chelsea neighborhoods, along the Hudson River, and near the Empire State Building. 2
newsstands in front of the United Nations headquarters on 42nd Street are currently displaying the awareness
campaign advertisements, while in the center of Times Square, 2 large digital billboards projected the Khojaly
posters for a total of 42 hours during the week of February 18th.

Founded in 2011 by Azerbaijan businessman Mr. Anar Mammadov, the Azerbaijan America Alliance is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization providing critical information about the people, culture, society, industry, history,
and current events of the Azeri people. Its mission is to foster and strengthen relations between the people of
Azerbaijan and the United States. Through academic discussion, cultural programming, and political discourse, the
Alliance aims to promote and advance a lasting partnership between the two nations’ citizens.

 

Khojaly Massacre Awareness Campaign Underway in Washington, D.C.

21st Anniversary of Tragedy Honors the 613 Azerbaijani Victims

Washington, D.C. - February 21, 2013 – In honor of the 21st anniversary of the Khojaly massacre of Azerbaijani civilians, posters have begun to appear in Washington, D.C. metro stations and on buses. The village of Khojaly is located in the Nagorno Karabakh region of western Azerbaijan. On February 26th, 1992, Armenian together with Russian military forces raided the village and slaughtered over 613 civilians, including 106 women and 83
children.

The campaign is being led by the Azerbaijan America Alliance, a non-profit organization committed to promoting a lasting partnership between Azerbaijan and United States, headquartered in Washington, D.C. Former U.S. Representative and current Alliance Chairman Dan Burton stated, “These types of atrocities need to be brought to the attention of the world on a regular basis so that they never happen again.” 

The Khojaly posters – with the headline, “Khojaly…A Human Tragedy Against Azerbaijan” -- are appearing currently in at least 9 different metro stations in the D.C. area, including Federal Triangle, L’Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, Judiciary Square, Eastern Market, Farragut North, Farragut West, Federal Center SW, and Rosslyn. Along with the awareness campaign in the metro stations, both mobile billboards and mobile projections with advertisements remembering the anniversary of Khojaly have been going around D.C. In addition to the stationary posters, mobile billboards and mobile projections of the posters on buildings have been occurring from one end of D.C. to the other, from Chinatown on the Verizon Center, to Dupont and Georgetown M Street buildings, and near Capitol Hill, K Street, and the White House. The Khojaly public awareness campaign will continue in Washington through the rest of February and has begun appearing in New York City this week as well.

Founded in 2011 by Azerbaijani businessman Mr. Anar Mammadov, the Azerbaijan America Alliance is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization providing critical information about the people, culture, society, industry, history, and current events of the Azeri people. Its mission is to foster and strengthen bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and the United States. Through academic discussion, cultural programming, and political discourse, the Alliance aims to be the premier organization dedicated to promoting a lasting partnership between the two countries.


National Public Awareness Campaign Commemorates

21st Anniversary of Khojaly Massacre

Azerbaijan America Alliance Launches Multimedia Campaign Today

Washington, DC – February 18, 2013 –A national public awareness campaign is being launched today by the Azerbaijan America Alliance to educate Americans about the massacre of 613 innocent Azeri civilians by Armenian and Russian soldiers 21 years ago in the village of Khojaly, located in the western Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh.  On February 26, 1992, in the course of 24 hours, 444 mostly elderly men, 106 women and 63 children were brutally killed. Mr. Mammadov, founder of the Azerbaijan America Alliance, believes that raising awareness about the Khojaly Tragedy in the U.S. is important step in deeper understanding Azerbaijan's recent history.

The multimedia campaign’s biggest impact will be felt in Washington, D.C., and New York City, where hundreds of posters with the headline “KHOJALY…A Human Tragedy Against Azerbaijan” will be seen in subway stations, at bus stops and on buses, and on stationary and mobile billboards. Vehicles will project the poster at night on the sides of buildings. The National Mall and Union Station in Washington and Times Square and the United Nations in New York are several of the many heavily trafficked and iconic locations targeted by the campaign.

The public awareness campaign will last for several weeks and be seen by millions of Americans.

Traditional media will include the placement of articles and op-eds in newspapers, while social media will see postings and discussions on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  Video interviews with Caucasus experts, academics, politicians and business people have been recorded with their remembrances about the Khojaly victims and their thoughts on America’s important relationship with Azerbaijan. These interviews, other videos, photos, press releases, articles, op-eds, event information and links to the social media components of the campaign can be found at the Azerbaijan America Alliance website: www.azerbaijanamericaalliance.org.

President Obama, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Congress and the American public are being asked to learn more about the Khojaly tragedy and Azerbaijan – a friend and ally of the U.S. located in a very challenging and geo-politically important part of the world.  

The Azerbaijan America Alliance is a non-partisan, non-profit organization providing critical information about the people, culture, society, industry, history and current events of the Azeri people. Its mission is to foster an atmosphere of mutual understandingand respect between the people of America and Azerbaijan. Through academic discussion, cultural programming and political discourse, the Alliance aims to be the premier organization dedicated to promoting a lasting partnership between the two countries. 

 

Khojaly Campaign Photos


 Khojaly digital billboard in Times Square New York

Khojaly mobile projection on display in Washington D.C.

 Khojaly Campaign posters in a Washington D.C. metro station

 

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Khojaly Campaign in the News


Azerbaijani-American Alliance Holds Large-Scale Campaign Concerning Genocide of Azerbaijanis in Khojaly

ABC.Az 
February 25, 2013

Baku, Fineko/abc.az. Azerbaijani-American Alliance (AAA), which realizes its activity in the U.S., conducts next time a large-scale educational campaign about the tragedy in Khojaly.

According to AAA, within this campaign hundreds of ads under the heading "Khojaly ... The Human Tragedy against Azerbaijan" were placed on the movable and stationary information boards on subway stations, bus stops and on buses in Washington and New York. The lights of passing cars illuminate informational signs posted on the sides of city buildings.

"As you know, the anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy is approaching. No matter how much time has passed since the horrific murders, Azerbaijani people will never forget that mournful day. Along with the maintenance of moral values, the spread of our history and the desire to convey information about us to the world community, one of the main goals set for the Azerbaijan-US alliance during its creation was revival of national consciousness. Just like last year, this year the Alliance launched the campaign dedicated to the tragedy in Khojaly. This campaign can reach a very wide audience, and I’m sure that upon its completion more people will learn the truth about Azerbaijan and the Khojaly tragedy," AAA founder Anar Mammadov stated.

Social awareness campaign will last for several weeks and millions of Americans will become its witnesses. As a means of traditional media, newspaper articles and editorial notes on the Khojali manslaughter will be posted and discussed on such social networks as Facebook, Twitter or Youtube. In addition, a number of interviews was recorded to shed light on the memory of the victims of Khojaly and learn about the views of experts on the South Caucasus, academics, politicians and business people about the vital moments in the relationship between the U.S. and Azerbaijan. Interviews of this kind, the other video, photos, press releases, articles, editorial notes, information about incidents and the Azerbaijan-US alliance, the components of the social network campaign, may be obtained from the address below, Alliance’s webpage: www.azerbaijanamericaalliance.org.

As part of Alliance’s familiarizing campaign the 10 metro stations of Washington were placed posters, hundreds of buildings on the main streets of the city displayed information by projection method; a poster with the image proclaiming the truth about the Khojaly moved around Washington by transportation vehicles.

The campaign, which has found its continuation in New York, in addition to the above-mentioned actions  it was installed two posters near the office of the United Nations, as well as demonstrated the 15-second video spots on Khojaly on the monitor installed on the famous Times Square, and AAA, being a neutral and non-commercial organization, works to promote the propaganda of Azerbaijani history, culture, art, education, sports, the economy in the United States.

Alliance’s mission is to promote the process of mutual recognition and respect between the peoples of America and Azerbaijan. Through academic discussions, cultural programs and political debates, the Alliance intends to establish long partnership between Azerbaijan and the United States of America.

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Posters about Khojaly genocide appear in U.S. cities

Trend.Az 
February 22, 2013

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb.22 / Trend, E.Tarivediyeva /

The national public awareness campaign about Khojaly genocide is being led by the Azerbaijan America Alliance in the U.S., the webiste Heraldonline reported on Friday.

The campaign started on Feb.18, when several multimedia projects aimed at educating U.S. citizens about the Khojaly genocide were launched.

According to the report, the Khojaly posters - with the headline, "Khojaly...A Human Tragedy Against Azerbaijan" -- are appearing currently in at least 9 different metro stations in the D.C. area.

"Along with the awareness campaign in the metro stations, both mobile billboards and mobile projections with advertisements remembering the anniversary of Khojaly have been going around D.C. In addition to the stationary posters, mobile billboards and mobile projections of the posters on buildings have been occurring from one end of D.C. to the other, from Chinatown on the Verizon Center, to Dupont and Georgetown M Street buildings, and near Capitol Hill, K Street, and the White House. The Khojaly public awareness campaign will continue in Washington through the rest of February and has begun appearing in New York City this week as well," the report says.

The National Mall and Union Station in Washington and Times Square and the United Nations in New York are several of the many heavily trafficked and iconic locations targeted by the campaign.

The public awareness campaign will last for several weeks, the report says.

On Feb. 25-26 February, 1992, Armenian occupation forces together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops stationed in Khankendi (previously called Stepanakert) committed an act of genocide towards the population of Azerbaijani Khojaly town.

Some 613 people were killed including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old men. A total of 1,000 civilians were disabled 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.

 

AAA Campaigning to Educate Global Community about Khojaly Genocide

News.Az 
February 18, 2013

NGO Azerbaijani-American Alliance (AAA) is conducting another campaign to educate the global community with the realities of Khojaly events.

For this purpose, the AAA, which operates in the U.S., has set an illuminative poster on Khojaly events at the central streets of Washington for the information of the general and the world public about the true facts of the Khojaly genocide, according to the Facebook page of the Alliance.

The awareness campaign about the Khojaly genocide conducted by the Alliance in 2012 reached hundreds of millions of people.

In particular, the posters and banners were set on the main streets, train stations and subway stations in New York and Washington. Statements were made on behalf of the U.S. congressmen, and a film about the Khojaly genocide was demonstrated. They were followed by other events to highlight the Khojaly genocide.

In addition, entire pages of the newspapers The Washington Post and the New York Times from 26 February were devoted to Khojaly genocide.

Special posters were installed at the entrance and exit doors, as well as in various parts of the Penn Station - the largest train station in New York and metro stations. Banners were also glued on buses and bus stops. Posters were placed on more than 400 subway trains, including 95 stations in Washington and buses going to Capitol Hill.

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