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Consistent denial of Baku massacres and hate speech against Armenians remain Azerbaijan`s state policy -  Armenian foreign office

Consistent denial of Baku massacres and hate speech against Armenians remain Azerbaijan`s state policy -  Armenian foreign office

ArmInfo. 32 years ago during these days mass pogroms against Armenians began in Baku, which became the culmination of the policy of annihilation and forcible  displacement of the Armenian population living in Azerbaijani SSR,  reds a statement by Armenia's foreign office. 

"Hundreds of people were murdered, mutilated and disappeared among  the Armenian population as a result of week-long bloody mass  atrocities. These massacres, as a result of which half a million  Armenians became refugees, completed the process of annihilation of  Armenians from Azerbaijan.

"The consistent denial of the Baku massacres and other crimes against  Armenians, the glorification of their masterminds, the continuous  insinuation of hatred against Armenians are still state policy in  Azerbaijan. It is manifested in hate speech and aggressive policy  towards Armenia and Artsakh, which is a threat to peace and stability  in our region.

"Today we pay tribute to the memory of the innocent victims of the  anti-Armenian massacres in Baku, and reaffirm the united commitment  of Armenia, Artsakh and the Armenians all over the world to ensure  the right of all Armenians to free, safe and dignified life in their  homeland," the statement reads. 

Larisa Alaverdyan, Armenia's first human rights defender, told  reporters on Thursday that 25,000 to 30,000 Armenians were still  living in Baku when the Armenian pogroms began there on January 13,  1990. 

"About 250,000 Armenians had earlier fled the city. And about 350,000  Armenians had fled Azerbaijan," she said.

"That was a second Armenian genocide in the 20th century committed by  Azerbaijani Nazis," Ms Alaverdyan said.

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