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Petitioning California State Legislature

Reject the racist resolution against Azerbaijanis

On Jan. 30, 2012, some members of the California State Assembly introduced a draft resolution (ACR 96) that will proclaim February 27, 2012, as a “California Day of Remembrance for the massacres of Armenians in Sumgait, Kirovabad and Baku.”

This draft resolution largely distorts historical facts, presents a one-sided view of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict and seeks to force the lawmakers into assuming an unjust and biased position in the conflict. The resolution also deliberately disregards a true tragic massacre that occurred in the course of the conflict, namely the Khojaly Massacre of innocent Azerbaijanis, the 20th anniversary of which will be marked on February 26, 2012. “Human Rights Watch” called this 1992 massacre carried out by Armenian military forces against 613 Azerbaijani civilians, including 106 women and 63 children, as "the largest massacre to date in the conflict." Major U.S. media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times and the others reported about the massacre with horror. The executors of 1992 Khojaly Massacre were never brought to justice.

Therefore, sign the petition to urge the California State Assembly members to unanimously reject this flawed, biased, and unjust resolution ACR 96, which encourages racial animosity and hatred.

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California State Legislature
I just signed the following petition addressed to: California State Legislature.

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To reject the California State Assembly Concurrent Resolution 96

On Jan. 30, 2012, members of the California State Assembly - Felipe Fuentes (D-CA), Katcho Achadjian (R-CA) and Mike Gatto (D-CA) introduced a draft resolution (ACR 96) that will proclaim February 27, 2012, as a “California Day of Remembrance for the massacres of Armenians in Sumgait, Kirovabad and Baku.”

This draft resolution largely distorts historical facts, presents a one-sided view of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict and seeks to force the lawmakers into assuming an unjust and biased position in the conflict.

The draft resolution highlights the events in the Soviet Azerbaijan in 1988 that tragically resulted in loss of life calling them “anti-Armenian massacres,” without mentioning that this was a dissolute plan carefully orchestrated by the Soviet KGB in the waning days of the Soviet Union to sow ethnic discord and maintain Moscow’s iron grip on both Azerbaijan and Armenia. The unscrupulous masterminds of the plan used a bunch of criminals for this purpose. But, Azerbaijanis recognized a true motive behind it and resisted the implementation of this evil scheme by hiding their Armenian neighbors and friends in their homes or other safe places at the risk of their own lives. These facts were accurately depicted in the book “Black Garden” (NYU Press, 2003, p. 32) by the prominent Caucasus expert Tom de Waal who also notes that out of 32 killed in Sumgait, 6 were ethnic Azerbaijanis.

The resolution is also flawed, because it deliberately disregards a true tragic massacre that occurred in the course of the conflict, namely the Khojaly Massacre of innocent Azerbaijanis, the 20th anniversary of which will be marked on February 26, 2012. “Human Rights Watch” called this 1992 massacre carried out by Armenian military forces against 613 Azerbaijani civilians, including 106 women and 63 children, as "the largest massacre to date in the conflict." Major U.S. and international media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Independent and others reported about the massacre with horror. While all perpetrators of the tragic events mentioned by ACR 96 were caught, tried and sentenced by the court of law, the executors of 1992 Khojaly Massacre, to this day, have never been brought to justice.

Therefore, I call on the California State Assembly members to unanimously reject this flawed, biased, and unjust resolution ACR 96, which encourages racial animosity and hatred.

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Sincerely,