Justice for Khojaly

On February 27 in Houston, Texas the Azerbaijan Center held an event dedicated to the 24th anniversary of the Khojaly massacre “Justice for Khojaly”.

The event was opened by Farid Mammadov, an Executive board member of the Azerbaijan Center, who gave a brief introduction about the commemoration and welcomed Irada Akhoundova, the Director of the Center to proceed with the opening remarks.

The Director of the Center Irada Akhoundova, welcomed the audience and talked about the saddest day in the history of Azerbaijan, February 26, 1992. She expressed hope and belief that there will be justice for the victims of the tragedy of the Azerbaijani people and thanked everyone for their support of the Azerbaijan Center in its efforts in this direction. I. Akhoundova pointed out that such commemoration events have been held in Houston for six years already. It was noted that during this period a number of local legislative bodies, as well as the US Congress representing Texas state attended and supported the fair position of Azerbaijan.

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The Director’s speech was followed with a Minute of Silence in the memory of victims of the tragedy.

After that two Azerbaijani Students (ADA University) who are currently studying in the University of Houston as part of the student exchange program, took the initiative and continued speaking about terrible events of 1992 in Khojaly.

Mammad Talibov , the Counselor of the Azerbaijani Embassy in the US took his turn to speak of the Khojaly massacre occurred during Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He once again pointed out the importance of rapid resolution of the 24 years old conflict to establish peace and stability in the region, so that refugees could return to their land.

Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Houston, Ferhat Alkan, also admitted that Khojaly tragedy can be considered  among the worst crimes in human history, he pointed out that Turkish government and the Turkish people shared the pain of the Azerbaijani nation and assured that the innocent victims of Khojaly would never be forgotten.

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 Sam Merchant, speaking on behalf of US Congressman Al Green, recalled that Congressman Al Green was one of the first to recognize Khojaly massacre. He then presented Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. Later, James Winston, Senator Ellis’s Legislative Aide, also shared the grief of the people of Azerbaijan. In conclusion Mr. Winston presented the Certificate of Friendship Appreciation between Azerbaijani and Americans.

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After that, Sona Mammadova, one of the members of the Azerbaijani community in Houston shared her feelings about the Khojaly massacre, read a poem written by her under the influence of those events.

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Amateur Chess Tournament – Houston

Dear Friends, last Sunday February 21 both adults and kids took part in the Amateur Chess Tournament, organized in cooperation between Azerbaijan Center, Houston-Baku Sister City association and Houston Azerbaijanis. This was the 3d annual tournament and we were happy to see there were a lot of participants this year also.

Our congratulations to the winners of the 1st and 2nd prizes:

1st place – Mr. Khoa M Bui – (5.0/1883) – $100.00
2nd place – Mr. Shelev Oberoi – (4.0/1924) – $25.00
2nd place – Mr. Ernesto Lizarondo – (4.0/1865) – $25.00

We encourage everyone who did not win a prize or did not go at all participate the next year!

Special thanks to Ilgar Azizov, Eldar Guliyev (Houston Azerbaijanis) and Farid Mammadov (Azerbaijan Center).

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International Media

Khojaly Commemoration

On the 27th of February the Azerbaijani community in Houston is going to commemorate Khojaly massacre. Special guests and speakers from the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and other Honorary guests are expected. We encourage all of the Azerbaijani Community and friends of Azerbaijan to join us. RSVP here.

Khojaly Massacre

Khojaly was a town Azerbaijan. On Feb. 25-26, 1992 the town was attacked, and its population was subjected to a massacre as they tried to evacuate the town. Over 600 people, including up to 300 children, women and elderly were murdered in a bloodshed, which the Human Rights Watch would later call the “largest massacre in the conflict.”

The Amateur Rapid Chess Tournament

The Azerbaijani Community have the honor of inviting all Chess players/ enthusiasts to participate in the Amateur Rapid Chess Tournament.  

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BY FEBRUARY 18, 2016


Vugar Gashimov’ s Biography.
Vugar Gashimov was born on July 24, 1986, in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan,and learned to play chess when he was 6 from his father, an army colonel.
Mr. Gashimov quickly showed promise. He won the silver medal in the under-10-years-old division at the World Youth Championships in Minorca, Spain, in 1996, became an international master in 1999 and earned the top title of grand-master in 2002.
Together with Mr. Radjabov, 26, and Mr. Mamedyarov, 28, Mr. Gashimov formed the nucleus of a formidable team, and Azerbaijan became a perennial challenger for the gold medal at international team championships, including the biennial Chess Olympiads in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
Mr. Gashimov also had some individual successes, winning the Cappelle la Grande tournament in France in 2008, tying for first in the first Grand Prix tournament in Azerbaijan, in 2008, and winning the Reggio Emilia tournament in Italy in 2010-11. His world ranking peaked at No. 6 in November 2009, and he was ranked No. 10 as recently as January 2012, before health problems caused him to stop playing.
News of his death brought a flood of condolences and comments on Twitter. Hikaru Nakamura, an American who is currently No. 6 in the world and is competing in the Tata Steel tournament in the Netherlands – the same tournament that was Mr. Gashimov’s last, in 2012 – wrote: “A very creative and exciting player whose games (especially in theBenoni) will not be forgotten.”

Vugar Gashimov, a chess grand-master from Azerbaijan, who was one of the world’s top players for a decade and who helped lead his team to the gold medal in the European Team Chess Championship in 2009, died on Friday, January 10th, 2014 in Germany, where he had reportedly been receiving treatment for a brain tumor. He was 27.