RECOGNIZING THE 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF MASSACRES AGAINST ARMENIANS IN SUMGAIT; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 41
(Extensions of Remarks - March 07, 2019)

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  RECOGNIZING THE 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF MASSACRES AGAINST ARMENIANS IN 
                                SUMGAIT

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                             HON. JIM COSTA

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, March 7, 2019

  Mr. COSTA. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the thirty-first 
anniversary of the pogroms against people of Armenian descent in 
Sumgait, Azerbaijan.
  In late February of 1988 the Armenian people of Nagomo Karabakh, more 
commonly known by its people and descendants as Artsakh, rose up in 
peaceful protest to demand their right to self-determination. This 
courageous call for equality and human dignity was met with murderous 
riots beginning on February 27, 1988, which lasted for three days. 
Scores of Armenians were killed, hundreds were wounded, and thousands 
were forced to leave their homes and livelihoods behind.
  Undeterred by this oppression, the Armenian community and its 
dedication to democratic self-determination sparked a movement that 
finally helped bring an end to the dictatorship of the Soviet Union. 
The courage demonstrated by the people of Artsakh in demanding their 
rights even after all their adversity is admirable and should never be 
forgotten. The people of Artsakh continue to exhibit this strength and 
courage in the twenty-first century as they stride towards creating a 
better tomorrow.
  On behalf of the thousands of Armenian Americans living in my 
congressional district, I ask my colleagues to stand with the people of 
Artsakh in remembering the lives lost during this tragic conflict. May 
their memory serve as a reminder for each and every one of us to 
continue advocating for human rights and democratic freedoms around the 
world.

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