Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis in Azerbaijan Date in the current year: March 31, 2016

Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis in Azerbaijan March 31 is Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis. This memorial date was established by Presidential Decree in 1998 to commemorate the events of 1918.

Azerbaijan officially declares that the March events of 1918 were the genocide against Azerbaijanis. Non-Azerbaijani sources refer to the events as to civil war unrest. However, the New York State Senate adopted the legislative resolution in 2012, describing March days of 1918 as the genocide.

Massive massacres of the Azerbaijanis took place between March 30 and April 2, 1918 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Between 3,000 to 12,000 Azerbaijanis and other Muslims were killed. Bolsheviks and Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutiun) suppressed Muslim revolt and established a short-lived Baku Commune in April 1918.

Genocide of Azerbaijanis was officially recognized only in Azerbaijan. However, Day of Genocide if observed in other countries, for instance, in the USA, Georgia, the Netherlands. Memorial ceremonies are usually held on this day to honor the victims of the genocide.

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