By Laman Ismayilova
Parliament of Western Australia hosted an event to commemorate the Khojaly genocide victims on February 26.
The event was organized by Luke Simpkins, head of Australia-Azerbaijan inter-parliamentary friendship group, and attended by Azerbaijani delegation headed by MP Khanlar Fatiyev. Members of the Australian Parliament, members of Australia-Azerbaijan inter-parliamentary friendship group and public representatives also joined the event.
Materials about the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, occupation of Azerbaijani lands and the genocide committed in Khojaly were presented to the participants.
The guests were also informed about the "Justice for Khojaly" campaign initiated by Vice President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Leyla Aliyeva.
Justice for Khojaly, an international information and promotion campaign, is aimed at raising international awareness about the crime against humanity committed in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly.
Through the efforts of the promotion campaign a number of countries have recognized the Khojaly massacre as the act of genocide.
Khojaly, the second largest town in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, came under intense fire from the towns of Khankendi and Askeran already occupied by the Armenian armed forces in 1992.
About 613 civilians mostly women and children were killed in the massacre, and a total of 1,000 people were disabled. Eight families were exterminated, 25 children lost both parents, and 130 children lost one parent. Moreover, 1,275 innocent people were taken hostage, and the fate of 150 of them remains unknown.
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