17 May 2015

In the course of the ‪#‎RememberKhojaly campaign on Saturday, 16 May, the Azerbaijan Student Network (ASN) organized a tour to Buchenwald Memorial – infamous Nazi concentration camp known as Buchenwald, which existed between 1937 and 1945 in Ettersberg, Germany. 

The tour served to the goal to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of racist and expansionist government policies. Unfortunately, despite the lessons that must have been learned from the tragedies that humanity experienced during the two world wars, some states have not ceased to invade in foreign countries and kill people for more power and territory. The Azerbaijan Student Network, a student representative organization of a country, which fell victim to genocide (Khojaly Genocide 1992) and ongoing aggression by its neighboring country Armenia firmly stands for peaceful and friendly relations among nations and strives to promote these values.

17 students from different countries - Spain, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, France, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Slovakia and Azerbaijan – joined the tour. The students were informed about the ruthless crimes committed by the Nazis in the first half of the 20th century.

During the discussions organized after the excursion Ulkar Valizada, an active member of the ASN, talked about the legal and political grounds of the term “genocide and stated that during the 20th century the Azerbaijani people also experienced one of the most tragic genocides in the human history in Khojaly, a small Azerbaijani town in Nagorno-Karabakh. She lamented that the criminals of Khojaly genocide are still at large.

The French student Alix de Narbonne and the Slovakian student Matus Sivachek promised to help the ASN in the future in its struggle to raise awareness of the Khojaly genocide in their respective countries. Afterwards the participants were presented books, booklets and visual materials about Khojaly and the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

Source: Azerbaijan Student Network