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DOHA: Azerbaijanis worldwide marked the 100th anniversary of ‘genocide against Azerbaijanis.'
Genocide and purposeful deportation policy against Azerbaijanis conducted over 19th and 20th centuries was engraved in the Azerbaijani history as sorrowful pages, said a statement released by the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Qatar on the 100th anniversary of genocide against Azerbaijanis.
From the beginning of the 19th century, thousands of Armenian families were moved from Iran and Turkey onto historical territories of Azerbaijan such as Karabakh, Nakhchivan, Zengezur, also Iravan and other provinces.
The purpose of genocide, ethnic cleansing and deportation policy of the Armenian nationalists and their supporters against the Azerbaijanis, lasted over two centuries, was banishing them from their historical native lands and establishing 'Great Armenia state on those territories.
Azerbaijani population was repeatedly subjected to the gross human rights violations, ethnic cleansing and deportation accompanied by inhuman and degrading treatment by Armenian nationalists (in 1905-1907, 1918-1920, 1948-1953, 1988-1993). The most horrible one of such tragedies against the Azerbaijanis is the genocide committed 100 years ago, on March 31, 1918, and it differs for its severe atrocities.
Since March of 1918, thousands of the Azerbaijani civilians have been killed on the ground of their nationality; people were burned alive; rare historical monuments, schools, hospitals, mosques were ruined.
The massacres committed in Baku gained mass scale on March 31 and on April 1-2, 1918, and innocent civilians were killed mercilessly. During that genocide, 30, 000 persons in Baku and in surrounding villages have been brutally murdered on the ground of nationality. At the international level this genocide has not been yet given legal assessment.
'We call international organisations to support the just position of Azerbaijan without double standards and we believe that justice will be restored soon, this violent crime committed against the humanity will be given international legal assessment as an act of genocide, perpetrators will be punished, the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and severely violated rights of one million refugees and IDPs will be restored and captives and hostages will be released, the statement added.