OIC Youth Indonesia and Indonesia National Youth Council Commemorates Khojaly Genocide

On the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the commemoration of the genocide in the town of Khojaly of the Republic of Azerbaijan, OIC Youth Indonesia and the National Youth Council of Indonesia paid tribute to all the lives lost in the 1992. As a result of the Khojaly genocide 5379 inhabitants of the city were forcefully expelled, 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 elderly brutally murdered, 8 families were completely destroyed, 487 were injured, 1275 were captured and taken hostage (the fate of 150 of them, including 68 women and 26 children, remains unknown to date).

The Khojaly massacre and other war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by Armenia constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, in particular the 1949 Geneva Conventions, Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. One year after the Khojaly genocide, in 1993, the UN Security Council adopted 4 (822, 853, 874, 884) resolutions condemning the occupation of Azerbaijani territories and affirming respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan, the inviolability of international borders and the inadmissibility of occupation of territories.

We reiterated that the Khojaly incident was a result of the illegal occupation of Azerbaijani territories by the Republic of Armenia. We referred to the Cairo Final Communiqué (Paragraph 117) adopted by the 12th Session of the Islamic Summit, held in Cairo in 2013 and to the Resolution No. 48/48-POL on “Solidarity with the victims of Khojaly Massacre of 1992” adopted by the 48th Session of the CFM held in Islamabad in 2022, which considered the mass atrocities perpetrated against civilian Azerbaijani population in the occupied town of Khojaly, as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

We would like to reiterate that the OIC Youth Indonesia and the Indonesia National Youth Council have taken part in the initiative by Mrs. Leyla Aliyeva, General Coordinator of Islamic Conference Youth Forum, which initiated the International Awareness Campaign on 8 May 2008 for Dialogue and Cooperation under the motto of “Justice for Khojaly, Freedom for Karabakh”. In the past years, the OIC Youth Indonesia and the Indonesia National Youth Council took part in the campaign as well as involving the Indonesian House of Representatives Interparliamentary Cooperation members, to commemorate and raise awareness on the atrocities. In addition to that, attempts from the Government of Azerbaijan’s side to reconcile with Armenia with emphasis of recognition from Armenian’s side is a testament of exemplary leadership and diplomacy.

As part of the international community and as part of civil society that is mandated by our Law No. 37 Year 1999 on Foreign Relations, we call upon our Indonesian youth counterpart to show solidarity to the brotherly people of Azerbaijan to commemorate the Khojaly Genocide, as well as to raise awareness on the atrocities committed by the Armenian that violated international humanitarian law, and hold the perpetrators accountable.

26 February, 2024

OIC Youth Indonesia
Indonesia National Youth Council