The European Court of Human Rights has questioned Azerbaijan’s version of the events of Khojaly. This is what journalist, expert on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict Marina Grigoryan said during discussions on the 28th anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre today.
She recalled the decision of the ECHR on the case of Azerbaijani journalist Eynula Fatulayev, who had visited Karabakh and written an article on what she had seen there. In particular, the journalist had written that the Armenian side had ensured a humanitarian corridor for the residents of Khojaly. “She was detained, but we’re not talking about her. The decision of the ECHR states that there hasn’t been an inquiry into the events and that there is some uncertainty. The ECHR de facto states that not everything is unequivocal and it isn’t safe to throw the blame on the Armenian side,” Marina Grigoryan said.
The expert stressed that there aren’t many discussions on the reasons behind the Khojaly operation. “Stepanakert was in a horrible and devastating situation. The capital of Artsakh was on the brink of physical annihilation. The operation to seize Khojaly was perpetrated to prevent this. The only airport of Karabakh was located there. The Armenian side didn’t allow the physical annihilation of Stepanakert,” Marina Grigoryan said.
She also informed that more than ten documentary films have been produced within the scope of the Ordinary Genocide project, including two films about the Sumgait pogroms.