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First VP urges int’l organizations to assess Armenia’s hate crimes against Azerbaijanis in U.S., Europe [PHOTO]

25 July 2020 [10:01] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Akbar Mammadov

Azerbaijan’s First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva has called on international human rights organizations to give fair assessment of hate crimes committed against Azerbaijanis by Armenians throughout the world in recent days.

“I call on numerous non-government organizations, including ‘Freedom House’, ‘Amnesty International’ and ‘Human Rights Watch’ who have declared protection of human rights as their mission, to give impartial assessment of the acts committed. For some reason, we don’t’ hear from them. I do hope that these organizations are principled enough to move away from the policy of double standards and make statements based on facts,” Aliyeva said.

The first vice-president highlighted the fact that the peaceful and patriotic actions of Azerbaijanis in support of their homeland, pre-agreed with relevant government agencies of respective countries, were met with physical violence, aggression and inhuman hatred by members of the Armenian diaspora.

“Well-prepared and trained provocateurs took advantage of their large numbers to attack and injure peaceful protesters. In a number of cases, aggressive Armenian groups attacked Azerbaijanis who could not resist the outnumbering enraged crowd”, she said.

She urged law enforcement agencies of the United States, Belgium and other states to conduct a thorough investigation into these events, give them an appropriate legal assessment and bring all those responsible to justice, because evil must be punished.

“The decades of hatred and the ideology of phobia of Azerbaijan are bearing fruit – some Armenians throw stones at peaceful Azerbaijani protesters in the centre of world capitals, while others fire heavy artillery at the homes of Azerbaijani citizens,” Aliyeva said.

Furthermore, Aliyeva touched upon other crimes committed by Armenians against the Azerbaijani people.

“There have been many instances of such crimes against the Azerbaijani people in history. Suffice it to recall the massacre of the peaceful Azerbaijani population of the city of Khojaly by Armenian armed forces in the early hours of 26 February 1992. Those tragic events have been recognized as an act of genocide by more than 10 states and condemned at the level of international organizations,” Aliyeva said.

“On that bloody night, militants armed to the teeth killed 613 people with particular cruelty, 421 civilians were tortured and humiliated, 1,275 people were missing or taken prisoner, and the city itself was almost completely burned out. As a result of the received gunshot wounds, more than a thousand civilians became disabled. Among those killed were 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly. Eight families were completely destroyed, 25 children lost both parents and 130 lost one of them. Fifty-six people were burned alive,” the First Vice-President said.

At the same, Aliyev touched upon the murders of a two-year-old Azerbaijani child and a 76-year-old resident by Armenian armed forces.

“The murder by Armenian aggressors of two-year-old Zahra Guliyeva, who died together with her grandmother in the aftermath of shelling of the Alkhanli village of Fuzuli district on 4 July 2017, is just as indicative. Or the killing on 14 July 2020 of Aziz Azizov, a 76-year-old peaceful resident of Tovuz district who died as a result of artillery shelling of civilian targets by the Armenian armed forces,” she said.

The first vice-president emphasized that for more than 30 years now, Armenians with the help of the large diaspora, have been conducting frenzied anti-Azerbaijani propaganda in an effort to justify these cruel crimes.

“It is no secret that the absolute majority of slanderous campaigns against our country are also inspired and financed by the Armenian diaspora,” she added.

Noting the degree of hatred and aggression among members of Armenian diaspora, Aliyeva said:

“How else can one explain the fact that stones are thrown at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and peaceful demonstrators are injured in the political centre of united Europe, in Brussels?”

Aliyeva urged unity among Azerbaijanis in demanding all platforms a fair investigation into the recent acts of violence committed against Azerbaijanis.

“AT the same time, we must remember that we cannot be like barbarians and bandits who are driven by cave hatred and intolerance. Our struggle should be conducted exclusively within the legal framework,” she added.

“And let no-one doubt, no provocations can ever force us to deviate from the true path. We are millions, but we have a common goal – the defence of the Motherland, the restoration of its territorial integrity and historical justice… Because Karabakh is Azerbaijan!” Aliyeva concluded.


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