On March 26, 1998, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev issued a Decree, according to which a memorable date was established on March 31 - the Day of the Genocide of Azerbaijanis (Azerbaijan Azərbaycanlıların Soyqırımı Günü).
The events to which today's date is dedicated took place in March 1918 in Baku and the Baku province. Then, during the establishment of Soviet power in the republic, mass inter-ethnic clashes took place, which led to thousands of victims, mainly among local Muslims. In the modern history of Azerbaijan, these events are regarded as the genocide of the Azerbaijani people by the Armenians with the support of the Bolsheviks.
Today in Azerbaijan and in many countries of the world, events are held dedicated to the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the massacres of Azerbaijanis in Baku, Shamakhi and other cities that took place in March 1918.