Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) has hosted an event to commemorate the 28th anniversary of January 20 tragedy.
The event participants observed a minute of silence in tribute to the memory of victims of the tragedy.
Speaking at the meeting, Vice-Rector for Education, Science and International Relations of BHOS Ramiz Humbatov noted that the events dedicated to the 28th anniversary of Black January are held not only in Azerbaijan but also in other countries. He emphasized that the names of the heroes who gave their lives for their homeland's freedom will remain forever in the history and the memory of the Azerbaijani people.
Ramiz Humbatov noted that national leader Heydar Aliyev was the first to give a political and legal assessment to those events. He reminded that Heydar Aliyev holds a press conference at the Azerbaijani diplomatic mission in Moscow immediately after the tragedy and condemned the entry of the Soviet troops in the territory of the republic. The Vice-Rector called on all staff members of the Higher School to take part in raising the international community's awareness of Black January in Baku and disseminating truth about the tragedy.
The third-year Petroleum Engineering students Fardin Vatani and Murad Suleymanli made a presentation highlighting the events, which happened in Baku 28 years ago, and actions of the former Soviet Union leaders who were concealing the truth about the tragedy. They said it should be considered one of the most serious crimes against the humanity.
Associate Professor of BHOS Centre of English Language and Humanitarian Disciplines, PhD in History Alemdar Shahverdiyev made a report covering the historical and political context and the importance of the Black January events.
In accordance with the decree of the Higher School Rector Elmar Gasimov, a plan of actions to commemorate the 28th anniversary of 20 January was developed. Within this plan, roundtables were held and thematic lectures were given to the students. On the eve of the tragic anniversary, staff members and students of the Higher School visited Şəhidlər Xiyabanı (the Alley of Martyrs) and laid flowers at the memorial to pay tribute to the memory of the victims of Black January events.