Statement of the NA Standing Committee on Foreign Relations on the 29th anniversary of the mass pogroms of the Armenian population in Baku
18 January 2019

                                                                                            S T A T E M E N T

                                          On the 29th anniversary of the mass pogroms of the Armenian population in Baku


From January 13 to 19, 1990, the state authorities of Azerbaijan committed a massacre against the Armenian population of the Azerbaijani capital Baku. Hundreds of Armenians became victims of ethinc violence, properties belonging to Armenians were subjected to plundering and confiscation. Under the immediate threat of physical destruction, a quarter million deported Baku Armenians have settled down as refugees in different countries around the world.

In order to silence the voice of Artsakh people for the realization of their right to self-determination and restoration of historical justice, Baku’s authorities, with the knowledge and approval of Gorbachev regime, implemented a planned genocide against the Armenians living in Azerbaijan. Contrary to the facts recorded by international human rights organizations, the Azerbaijani authorities conceal their genocidal acts, alienate the realities and avoid responsibility.

Paying homage to the memory of innocent Armenians who fell victims of the Baku massacre and forced deportation, the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations of the National Assembly:

  • condems any manifestation of xenophobia, extremism and terrorism,
  • insists that the violence organized against Armenians of Baku, the whole Eastern Transcaucasia, as well as the Northern Artsakh and Nakhijevan fully corresponds to the legal definition of the crime of genocide defined in the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide;
  • calls upon the international community, human rights organizations and parliamentary institutions to provide legal assessment to the massacre of the Armenian population in Baku and take steps against the ongoing anti-Armenian propaganda in Azerbaijan,
  • reiterates that the massacre in Baku does not have a historical limitation  Republic of Artsakh will remain consistent in bringing to justice the organizers and implementers of the  genocide of Armenians of Azerbaijan.


18 January, 2019