Ahmad Shahidov, head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, and Farid Shahbazli, chairman of Reformist Youth Public Union, who are on a working visit in Turkey, attended “The Khojaly genocide and Karabakh issue” conference held at Pamukkale University in Denizli on February 27. At the conference organized by the Pamukkale University and Denizli Branch of the “Turk Ojaklari”, the national anthems of both countries were performed.
The conference was attended by Rafet Kilincharslan, Professor Ertughrul Ishler – Dean of the Faculty of Literature, Professor Ali Aydin – Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Professor Yahya Tulek – Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Ibrahim Organ – Dean of the Faculty of Law, Responsible Secretary of Pamukkale University Mehmet Ali Sari, Chairman of Denizli Branch of the “Turk Ojaklari” Unal Bahadir Baylan, Chairman of Denizli Branch of the “Ulku Ojaklari” Yashar Hisarlioghlu, Head of Denizli Branch of the Turkish Education Emre Erdoghan, Chairman of Pamukkale University Branch of the Turkish Education Ferhat Aghirman, Chairman of Turkish Health Denizli Province Raif Kurshunoghlu, TURKAV Denizli Branch Chairman Ahmet Aykol, Head of the Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Culture, Tourism and Promotion District Hudaverdi Otakli.
Farid Shahbazli, the chairman of the Reformist Youth Public Union, made the first speech of the conference. He touched upon the causes of the Karabakh problem and spoke about the events that led to Khojaly tragedy.
Ahmad Shahidov, the head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, said the Khojaly genocide committed in 1992 was a crime against humanity and that 613 people were killed in one night. Referring to the existing double standards in the Western world and Europe, the human rights defender said that the Khojaly genocide was not given international legal and political assessment, and claimed that the strongest in the world is considered justified and it is a painful reality. The Azerbaijani and Turkish youth should work together, Ahmad Shahidov has stated working together on all international platforms for the sake of our common interests and working for the unity of the Turkish world as a key target.
Addressing the Turkish youth, Ahmad Shahidov said that the Turks are God’s grace and sang his poem “I am Turk” and accompanied with enthusiastic applause from nationalist youth in the hall.