As a result of the efforts by the members of Azerbaijan Society of America (ASA) and Azerbaijani-American Council (AAC), the New York State Senate adopted the first-ever legislative resolution formally recognizing the Azerbaijani Genocide and designating March 31st as the Azerbaijani Remembrance Day.The resolution J3784-2011 details the facts and figures of the March 1918 mass killings of Azerbaijani civilians carried out by the armed groups of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutiun) and Bolsheviks led by Stepan Shaumyan, and describes the massacres as an act of genocide. The resolution was introduced by the State Senator James S. Alesi of the New York’s 55th district (Rochester, NY) and adopted by the members of Senate.
This is a 9th state-level recognition since the beginning of this year obtained through the joint efforts of ASA, AAC and the Pax Turcica Institute. Earlier this year, in February 2012, the U.S. State of Georgia General Assembly adopted a full House Resolution 1594, recognizing the 20th anniversary of Khojaly Massacre and explicitly citing Armenia’s leadership as a responsible party.
The full text of legislative resolution J3784-2011 is available below from the website of New York State Senate.
- Mar 27, 2012: ADOPTED
- Mar 27, 2012: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
- Mar 23, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim Saturday, March 31, 2012 as Azerbaijani Remembrance Day in the State of New York
WHEREAS, Every year since 1918, Azerbaijanis and many people around the globe observe March 31 as a Day of Remembrance, to honor the victims resulting from the fighting that began in March of 1918; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim Saturday, March 31, 2012 as Azerbaijani Remembrance Day in the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, 93 years have passed since the genocide committed by the members of Armenian Dashnak party in concert with Bolsheviks against Azerbaijanis; and WHEREAS, The massacre of about 20,000 innocent people – elderly, women and children started at the night of March 30, 1918; and
WHEREAS, Armenian Bolshevik troops led by Stepan Shaumyan massacred thousands of people, burnt Muslim shrines and confiscated the 400-million-manat estate of Baku residents; and
WHEREAS, Tezepir Mosque was bombed, and one of the magnificent architectural buildings, Ismailiyye, was burnt; and
WHEREAS, The genocide policy against Azerbaijanis was not limited to only Baku; Armenian dashnaks killed 8,027 Azerbaijanis, including 2,560 women and 1,277 children in 53 villages of Shamakhy on March 31; and
WHEREAS, 16,000 Azerbaijanis were murdered in 162 villages of Guba; Armenian Dashnaks burnt thousands of villages in Lenkeran, Mughan and Nagorno Karabakh and killed thousands of people; and
WHEREAS, Special Investigation Commission set up by Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on July 15, 1918, gathered a great deal of documents and submitted them to the government; and
WHEREAS, Azerbaijani parliament made a decision on marking March 31 as the day of Azerbaijani genocide in 1919; and
WHEREAS, Though this date was forgotten during the Soviet period, a lot of investigations on the tragedies committed on March 31, 1918, were carried out and books were published after Azerbaijan gained its independence; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim Saturday, March 31 as Azerbaijani Remembrance Day in the State of New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York.