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Posted 17 August 2021 - 08:48 AM

Indeed, a very brave man! Turkey needs more people like you.

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Aug 17 2021
 
 
NBA’s Turkish player: I share the pain of millions of Armenians
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Enes Kanter, the Turkish player of the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA), has gone on Instagram and called to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

“As part of my wish to stand up for human rights for all people, over the last few weeks I had a chance to meet several well-respected historians and scholars and it was eye opening to learn more about the Armenian Genocide and face my ignorance,” Kanter wrote.

“The education System in Turkey is nationalist, biased and ignored millions of people’s sufferings. At the point where I am today, I share the pain of millions of Armenians. I believe Turkey must face its past and present crimes. I also strongly believe that democracy will eventually come to Turkey one day and it will then bind up the wound of millions of people, including Armenians and other minorities,” the NBA star continued.

He added that ”dictator Erdogan is a threat to regional peace and like of other tyrants he will lose power and face justice”.” “He is destroying democracy and freedoms for all the people,” Kanter added.

The player revealed plans to hold a basketball camp in Los Angeles “for Armenian brothers and sisters” next week.

“This is the first step for building peace and bridges of love between two beautiful countries. It’s time to destroy all the walls and open hearts to each other,” he concluded.

In 2018, Enes Kanter's father was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Turkey. He links his father's imprisonment with his harsh criticism of Turkey and Erdogan. Kanter has been deprived of Turkish citizenship.

 

 
 


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Posted 23 August 2021 - 08:22 AM

The Jewish Voice
Aug 22 2021
 
 
 
Turkey Paid McAuliffe’s Firm To Lobby US Against Recognition of Armenian Genocide
 
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MCLEAN, VA - JUNE 8: Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe greets supporters at an election-night event after winning the Democratic primary on June 8, 2021 in McLean, Virginia. McAuliffe will face Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin in the state's general election this fall. McAuliffe previously served as Virginia governor from 2014-2018.

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A consulting firm cofounded by Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lobbied on behalf of the Turkish government to prevent the United States from official recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Turkey paid McAuliffe’s firm, McAuliffe, Kelly, & Raffaelli, nearly $1.3 million from 1990 to 1994 for a variety of lobbying and public relations services, according to disclosures under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. At the time, the Turkish government faced scrutiny from the State Department and human rights groups over the alleged use of torture against members of Kurdish opposition groups.

McAuliffe’s tenure at his consulting firm is a largely forgotten entry on his political résumé, which includes a stint as chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a longtime friendship with the Clintons. McAuliffe has said he did not engage in the day-to-day lobbying activities at McAuliffe, Kelly, & Raffaelli, but his former partners have credited him as the glue that held the firm together. The firm at one point sported a roster of 60 clients, several of them controversial, Politico reported in 2013. In addition to Turkey, McAuliffe’s firm represented the Lead Industry Association and cigarette maker Philip Morris.

McAuliffe, who is running for a nonconsecutive second term as Virginia governor, is narrowly leading Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin in polls.

According to its foreign agent disclosures, McAuliffe’s firm received $1,287,500 from the Turkish government to arrange meetings with American policymakers for Turkey’s ambassador and diplomats. Turkey’s contract called on the firm to lobby Congress on bilateral trade and to “counter any efforts detrimental to the Turkish-U.S. relationship.” One issue that has long strained U.S.-Turkey relations is the Ottoman Empire’s murder of more than one million Armenians from 1915 to 1917.

McAuliffe’s campaign said during a failed 2009 gubernatorial bid that McAuliffe, Kelly, & Raffaelli worked for Turkey on the genocide issue, the Washington Post reported at the time.

 

The Turkish government has doled out tens of millions of dollars to lobbying firms to prevent the U.S. government from labeling the mass murder a genocide. The pressure campaign succeeded until 2019, when the Senate passed a resolution that recognizes the genocide. The Biden administration in April recognized the atrocities as genocide.

McAuliffe, Kelly, & Rafaelli’s work for Turkey was detailed in “The Torturers’ Lobby,” a 1992 report by the Center for Public Integrity. A 1991 State Department report said the Turkish government was at the time routinely torturing Kurds, often through the use of electric shocks, “beating of the genitalia,” and rape.

McAuliffe’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment about his firm’s contract with Turkey or his position on the 2019 recognition of the Armenian genocide.

McAuliffe was implicated in the 1996 Democratic National Committee campaign finance scandal, in which he arranged overnight stays at the White House for Democratic party donors. Before his first stint as governor of Virginia, McAuliffe directly lobbied the Obama administration to help his electric car company, GreenTech Automotive, gain access to a federal visa program for potential Chinese investors. The Justice Department also investigated whether McAuliffe took illegal donations from a Chinese billionaire during his 2013 gubernatorial campaign.



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Posted 17 September 2021 - 08:52 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
Sept 16 2021
 
 
 
Cross-stone dedicated to victims of Armenian Genocide unveiled in Czech city of Kralupy nad Vltavou
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A new memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian genocide was unveiled in Kralupy nad Vltavou, Czech Republic, on Wednesday, Orer.eu reports.

It was made by an Armenian native Telman Nersisjan, who lives in Kralupy. According to the author, the khachkar (cross-stone) will also stand as a symbol of solidarity and cooperation between peoples.

The official unveiling was also attended by Armenian Ambassador Ashot Hovakimijan and Cardinal Dominik Duka, who blessed the monument.

 

The deputy mayor of Kralupy Libor Lesák noted that Armenians settled in their city in the 1990s, showed their best, received higher education here and provided worthy services to the city. According to him, Armenians deserve to have their monument in this city.

Armenian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Ashot Hovakimyan noted that this year Armenians around the world marked the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and in fact the 6 million Armenian Diaspora are the descendants of Armenians scattered around the world as a result of that genocide.

The Ambassador stressed that Armenians all over the world are fighting against the denial of the Armenian Genocide, which Turkey continues to deny, and thanked the countries that support the Armenian people in their struggle. In particular, Ambassador Hovakimyan expressed his gratitude to the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament for adopting a resolution on the Armenian Genocide in 2017, and to the Czech Senate, which adopted a similar resolution in 2020.

The opening ceremony was aired live on Czech TV.

 

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 08:54 AM

News.am, Armenia
Sept 16 2021
 
 
Archbishop of Prague: Armenia is surrounded by enemies, question of its existence is raised even now
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The recently installed Armenian cross-stone was unveiled Wednesday at the central park of Kralupy nad Vltavou, Czech Republic, orer.eu reported.

The person behind the installation of this cross-stone is Telman Nersisjan who, in his remarks at the event, emphasized that this cross-stone is dedicated to the memory of 1.5 million victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

The spiritual leader of the Czech Catholic Church and the Archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Dominik Duka, said his word of blessing. He reflected not only on the deprivations suffered by the Armenian people and the memory of millions of victims during the aforesaid genocide, but also the plight of the Armenians living in Armenia today, noting that Armenia is surrounded by enemies and the question of its existence is raised even now.

 
 
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Posted 08 October 2021 - 08:26 AM

The Article, Canada
Oct 7 2021
 
 
Remember us: recognising and rediscovering the Armenian Genocide
 

On 24 April 2021, the American President Joe Biden formally recognised the Armenian Genocide. It had only taken 106 years to the day. April really is the cruellest month, as TS Eliot wrote in The Waste Land. The Armenian Genocide is crucial in understanding other genocides that followed. Until the Nazis, it was the high watermark of mass murder in the 20th century.

The world watched the genocide of 1915 unfold almost in real-time in what was then the Ottoman Empire, as the Turkish authorities systematically deported and killed most of the empire’s Armenian population. Over nearly two years of death marches, massacres and forced conversions, the New York Times published more than 140 articles on the subject. Here are some of the terms used to describe the “unparalleled savagery” and “acts of horror”: “young women and girls appropriated by the Turks, thrown into harems, attacked or else sold to the highest bidder”, “endure terrible tortures”, “revolting tortures”, “their breasts cut off, their nails pulled out, their feet cut off”, “burned to death”, “helpless women and children were roasted to death”, “1,500,000 Armenians starve”, “dying in prison camps”, “massacre was planned”, “most thoroughly organised and effective massacres this country has ever known”.

Three years later, at the end of World War One, in 1918, the Hearst newspapers serialised the biographical account of a young orphaned girl: Arshaluys Mardiganian. She had witnessed the murder of her entire family. In 1919, Hollywood made a silent movie, Ravished Armenia/Auction of the Souls, where she played herself. She changed her name to Aurora Mardiganian. Like Anne Frank decades later, both young women crystallised the horrors of the war from their personal accounts.

 

Donald Bloxham, a professor of modern history, wrote, “The genocide carried out on the Armenians was not only the first of its type but also the most successful. [The 1904-1908 genocide of Namibia’s Nama and Herero people is now considered the first.] Having wiped out a population, the perpetrators then succeeded in virtually erasing any memory of its destruction.”

The Armenian Genocide may have been the “forgotten genocide” in the 1950s during the Cold War. Still, since the 1960s and especially from 2015 onwards, genocide studies, which grew out of Holocaust studies, expanded. The Holocaust is the most frequently described genocide, but the Armenian one is probably a distant second.

When Hitler was planning to invade Poland in 1939, he wanted to send Polish intellectuals and opposition figures to a concentration camp. When someone objected, referring to the Armenian slaughter, he was reputed to have replied, “Who remembers the Armenians?” This was the lesson the Nazis had learned. Nations could get away with mass murder.

There was a long and slow build-up to the 1915 genocide by the Muslim Ottomans against the Christian Armenians. After five centuries of dominance, the Ottoman Empire was in decline. The elites were desperate to save the empire and hold on to their power, status and privileges. The Armenian reformers and revolutionaries were looking for political and social justice and equality, and sovereignty, which they didn’t have under the Ottomans. Non-Muslims were second-class subjects in the Empire.

When the “Bloody Sultan” Abdul Hamid II came to power in 1876, it was at a time of rebellions. He believed that Turkification was the answer to Ottoman woes. He is best remembered for overseeing the decline of the Empire and the Armenian massacres of the 1890s. These “infidels” were labelled with the conventional tropes of alienation. Armenians were called disloyal, ungrateful and accused of profiteering from others, all of which began a justification for the violence.

The Turkish bourgeoisie grew as it acquired Armenian possessions, property and status during the 1908 Young Turk revolution and later in World War One. Local elites played a crucial role in creating the atmosphere. “They incited and provoked people and created this hateful, hostile atmosphere between Muslims and Christians,” says Dr Umit Kurt, an academic and author of The Armenians of Aintab. The Ottomans created false rumours. “They said that Armenians were attacking mosques and raping women. They handed out pamphlets about the threat of an independent Armenia.”

In 1913, the most militant faction, the Young Turks, who believed the Armenians were collaborating with foreign powers, took over the Ottoman Empire in a coup d’etat. Mehmet Talaat (pictured below) came to power, the de facto leader of the Government and one of the architects of modern Turkey — but also of the Armenian Genocide, which he ordered as Minister of the Interior.

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Talaat (1874 –-1921) (Alamy)

1915 was a catastrophic year for the Ottomans. Fighting on the side of the Central Powers (Germany, Austro-Hungary) and against the Entente (France, Britain, Russia), they suffered their worst defeat. In January, the Ottomans were defeated by the Russians at Sarikamish in the Caucasus Mountains. The Young Turk-led government blamed the Armenians and scapegoated them.

Most historians date the final decision to exterminate the Armenian population from March or early April 1915. Talaat began by arresting Armenian intellectuals on 24 April 1915. That was and is the first step to destroying a community and making it headless. The responsibility for the deaths of more than one million Armenians, probably closer to 1.5 million, out of an Ottoman population of three million, rests primarily with him. By May 1915, the Entente powers were noting that the Young Turks had committed “crimes against humanity” against the Armenians.

A month later, the Ottoman Young Turks issued a Law of Confiscation, which allowed them to confiscate and then liquidate Armenian assets and properties, just as the Nazis would later do. The Ottomans in Aintab, now Gaziantep, would lay out the plundered goods of the Armenians in the middle of the street, and everything would be sold at ludicrously low prices.

This massive transfer of economic wealth was like winning the lottery for the local Muslim population. The material gain was a great motivator in perpetuating the genocide. The Young Turks benefited when they killed their neighbours and found willing executioners, eager to slaughter their Armenian neighbours, friends and countrymen for gain as much as revenge.

Some Muslims may have tried to help the Armenians, but to do so was illegal. Families were threatened, and they chose not to see what was going on in front of them. They said nothing because of fear, greed or both. Most people were afraid, and there was substantial resentment of the Armenians and economic opportunity for the perpetrators and collaborators. Still, the sense of terror can’t be underestimated, especially when your family is at risk.

Like their Nazi counterparts, too, Ottoman doctors experimented on children. They murdered those with learning difficulties by injecting them with poison, and they carried out experiments on others using typhus injections. Turkish doctors killed infants at the Red Crescent Hospital in Trabzon, used morphine to murder others, and gassed children in school rooms. Local officials used Armenian women and girls as prostitutes.

According to Paul G Pierpaoli Jr in The Armenian Genocide Encyclopedia, Dr Mehemet Reshid, who hated all Christians without distinction, treated Armenian patients as inferior. The atrocities were so horrific you have to ask what is wrong with the human race. He “devised brutal ways in which to treat Armenians. These included nailing horseshoes to their feet and forcing them to walk through Ottoman streets. He nailed Armenians on crosses to mimic the fate of their pre-eminent religious symbol, Jesus Christ. Dr Reshid also engaged in bizarre human experimentation on Armenians, resulting in his victims’ deaths…Their eventual mass extermination eerily anticipated how Nazi doctors attempted to justify their brutal treatment and mass killing of European Jews during WWII.”

Mass deportations began in June 1915. By the time of the death marches, most of the men were dead, either shot or bayonetted. The youngest and most attractive women were raped and young children taken as sex or military slaves. Older women, men and children were sent in cattle cars or on marches in the desert in caravans of death. They went without provisions in the scorching heat while paramilitary killing units followed behind. Marauding gangs robbed and raped. And typhus, pneumonia and dysentery killed as efficiently as hunger, thirst and exposure.

Armenians deported to the deserts of Syria in June 1915 were forced to walk over the dead bodies of Armenians towards the concentration camps where they were expected to die. Instead, 400,000 deportees arrived in Aleppo, a surprise for Talaat. “It was from this moment that they began to establish the series of concentration camps, which were in effect death camps as they had no food or provisions for survival.” Although a few Turkish officials were taken to court after the war, most were acquitted or not put on trial.

While the Americans have finally acknowledged the Armenian Genocide, the Turkish government still denies it. The Armenian Genocide scholar Professor Alan Whitehorn, Professor emeritus at the Department of Political Science and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada, explains.

“There are often many reasons; one is psychological,” says Professor Whitehorn. “It’s tough for you to say: you know, my father, my grandfather or my uncle participated in mass murder. It’s even harder to acknowledge that your relative has done harm, to have been a murderer who’s killed or engaged in sexual abuse. Perhaps there’s embarrassment or family guilt. You don’t want to pass on the bad news about an elderly relative to your children.”

He adds: “The psychological is quite important. If you’re a product of ultra-nationalism and the Ottoman Empire was under the influence of the Young Turks, you don’t want to acknowledge mistakes. I mean, it’s the nature of nationalism to be proud of your country and critical of other countries. There’s a sense of self-superiority and subordination of the others. This is doubly so when you’ve had a history of an empire, where the subject peoples are considered inferior and need to show deference and subservience. So I think that historic nationalist sense of ‘we’re superior and we don’t acknowledge our mistakes to supposed inferiors’ is germane.”

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Also, as soon as you acknowledge your collaboration, there could be penalties and demands for compensation — reparation is the obvious one, as is the restitution of land and buildings. 

“The politics of genocide is not without long-term financial cost to the perpetrator state,” says Professor Whitehorn. Apart from making postwar Turkey a less ethnically diverse nation, “in slaughtering the Armenians, a key segment of its merchant class was wiped out.”

The Austrian-born Jewish author Franz Werfel wrote about the Armenian Genocide in 1933. His fact-based novel, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh, was an international success. It also became a cause célèbre in Hollywood, when the Turkish Ambassador to the US before World War Two prevented its filming. The State Department supported the decision to keep good relations with the Turks.

The story is a fictionalised account about a cluster of Armenian villages that held out against Ottoman troops in 1915 for 40 days. The survivors escaped to French naval ships that took them to safety in Egypt.

Werfel wrote: “The book was conceived in March 1929, during a stay in Damascus. The miserable sight of some maimed and famished-looking refugee children working in a carpet factory gave me the final impulse to snatch time from the Hades of all that was, this incomprehensible destiny of the Armenian nation. The writing of the book followed between July 1932 and March 1933.”

The Jews in the Warsaw ghetto and in other Jewish ghettos read and re-read Werfel’s novel. In the Holocaust, they were looking for inspiration to fight against the Nazis. It was an inspirational and almost unique case of resistance and survival.

Professor Whitehorn’s metzmama, his Armenian grandmother, survived the Young Turks’ genocide. She was one of 100,000 orphans who did. She spent ten years in refugee camps and orphanages, including ones in Corfu and Greece, until an Egyptian Armenian family adopted her. In his work, Whitehorn has often wondered where she found the will to survive. Her first husband, whom she met in Egypt, had survived the genocide but couldn’t cope, and killed himself while she was pregnant.

Professor Whitehorn’s work on genocide and human rights is a way of saying thank you to his metzmama and those who need help today. He works at night when all is quiet — “except for the voices of the past who whisper their haunting words. Remember us . . . Please remember us.”

 


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Posted 11 October 2021 - 07:53 AM

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Oct 10 2021
 
 
Visiting the Armenian Orphans Genocide Museum in Byblos, Lebanon
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The Armenian Orphans Genocide Aram Bezikian Museum in Byblos, Lebanon. Photo: Facebook

10/10/2021
 By Julian McBride     

Growing up, I have always been an avid visitor of museums, especially internationally ones. From archaeological and historical museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Modern Museum of Art, and fun and engaging museum such as SpySpace, the type of institutions gives excellent educational references and guidance. When I conducted field work in Lebanon, there was one that caught my eye. This one was Armenian Genocide Orphans Museum in Byblos, Lebanon, which surprisingly, it is not well known outside of the Armenian community.

On August 20th, 2021, I had the honor of visiting the Armenian Genocide Orphans Museum in Byblos. Before visiting, I had knowledge of the Armenian Genocide and how Lebanon took in many Armenian refugees, but not at the magnitude that I was taught at the museum. The Orphanage has the nickname ‘Bird’s Nest,’ and it sits the archaeological site of the ancient Phoenician Byblos Castle. Named after Aram Bezikian, the museum tells the stories and plights of hundreds of thousands of Armenian Genocide survivors and their history in Lebanon after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. My guide for the tour is Krikor Alozian, who is a plethora of knowledge. In the beginning of the tour, there was information of the earliest stages of the pogroms and persecutions of the Armenians before the genocide, such as the Hamidian Massacres. These massacres were a series of pogroms meant to take out anger against Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians for the military setbacks of the Ottoman Empire by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and Kurdish collaborating chieftains. The massacres took place in the late 1890s, a period when many Armenians already enduring over eight hundred years of Turkish rule and persecution yet continued to thrive under them.

Later in the gallery, I was showed Sultan Abdul Hamid was later overthrown by the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP), also infamously known as the Young Turks. At first they made promises of reform and new constitutional changes that would help ease tensions for the empire’s second-class citizens, such as the Armenians, Greeks, Maronites, and Assyrians; but there was also a darker side to them. Pre-Great War, there was a growing sense of nationalism around the world, and a hardline one took place in Asia Minor. Though Armenians and other Christians were relegated to second class citizens, they were the backbone of the Ottoman Empire. While most Turkish citizens served in the military and high administration, Armenians were the more educated and higher paid doctors, bankers, historians, archaeologists, and merchant traders. Many European aristocrats and nations did business and trading directly with the Armenians and Greeks of the empire, instead of the Turkish administration. This would later become a disdain for them, even though they lived side by side with Turks for hundreds of years. The second cause for disdain was the ever-increasing Russian presence on the Ottoman borders, with many Armenians being incorporated into the Russian Empire and later fighting alongside them. This along with a mass influx of Turkish, Carcassian, and Kurdish refugees from military setbacks gave the Young Turks the pretext they were looking for to enact their ultimate plan: a genocide.

The genocide took place in 1915, with the arrests and execution of many Armenian intellectuals on April 24th. Though it is widely known as the Armenian Genocide, it also coincided with the genocide of Greeks, Assyrians, and many Lebanese, particularly Maronites of Mount Lebanon, making it a Christian Genocide as a whole. Armenians were death marched to the brutal deserts of Syria, starved, bayoneted, and burn alive in their own churches. There were hundreds of thousands of orphans from the genocide, as the parents were primarily killed with the children left to fend for themselves. The next exhibit showed the network of those orphans and surviving adults, from Cilicia, Aleppo, and Beirut. Beirut would become a home to hundreds of thousands of Armenian orphans. In dire need of food, shelter, clothing and warmth, the people of the modern state of Lebanon opened their arms and incorporated these Armenians into their society. Many of these Armenians would help govern key cities such as Anjar and Bourj Hammoud.

The last part of the exhibit showed the grown of Armenians of Lebanon, the foundations of the orphanages and various aid groups which helped them, such as the Near East Relief. The last part of my tour was when Krikor allowed me to write a message for any future visitor and a massage of faith and hope for Armenians and descendants in a sacred book at the museum. I have been to various museums around the world, such as the Met Museum in NY and other historical museums in Japan and Greece, but nothing has moved me more than the Armenian Genocide Orphans Aram Bezikian Museum and Bird’s Nest Orphanage. This is a museum I would recommend to anyone who wants to be informed in one of the world’s most brutal genocides and the heartbreaking plight of the survivors, who to this day has not received just, acknowledgement, or reparations from the Turkish Republic. In an era of economic hardships and difficulties, the museum could use the visitors or donations to help continue ruining it thoroughly and to support orphans, who to this day, are being helped at the Bird’s Nest Orphanage. I consider August 20th, 2021, one of the most memorable days of my life, and this event was a major reason.

Julian McBride is a forensic anthropologist and independent journalist.

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 06:59 AM

News On Air, India
Oct 13 2021
 
 
EAM Jaishankar pays homage at Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex in Armenia
 
October 13, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar who is in Yerevan, Armenia on the third and last leg of visit to central Asia on Wednesday paid homage at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex. He had a warm and productive meeting with Foreign Minister of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan. They discussed a roadmap to take the bilateral cooperation forward. Both agreed on enhancing the trade, education and cultural exchanges.

The Ministers recognised the shared interests in strengthening connectivity, including the International North South Transport corridor. They briefed each other on the respective regional developments. Dr. Jaishankar said, India supports the OSCE Minsk process. He assured to cooperate closely in international organisations and multilateral forums.

The External Affairs Minister met President of the National Assembly of Armenia Alen Simonyan. They discussed the importance of nurturing the bonds between the two Parliamentary democracies. They spoke about bringing the people closer together through greater cooperation in different domains. Dr. Jaishankar appreciated the National Assembly President’s perspective on regional and international issues of shared interest.

Dr. Jaishankar paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his statue in Yerevan. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan also paid tributes. Together, they planted a tree of friendship. He met Indian students and Armenian friends of India in Yerevan. He appreciated the efforts made by the Government of Armenia for the welfare of Indian students.

The External Affairs Minister called on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. He conveyed greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting brought out the many convergences and shared outlook of the two countries. Both sides agreed to develop a broad agenda of practical cooperation that is to the mutual benefit.

Dr. Jaishankar visited the Matenadaran library in Yerevan. In a tweet, he said, the Armenia-India connect is visible in the library. A copy of the Mahabharata in Sanskrit and first Armenian newspaper and Constitution that were published in Madras is in the library. Paintings of the Ajanta caves by noted Armenian Artist Sarkis Khachaturian is at the National Gallery of Armenia in Yerevan.



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Posted 26 October 2021 - 08:12 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
Oct 25 2021
 
 
Intent to Destroy: Armenian Genocide documentary wins award at RUSDOCFILMFEST in New York
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Armenian Genocide documentary “Intent to Destroy” directed by Joe Berlinger has received the “Humanism in the Modern World” award at the 14th Independent American-Russian Documentary Film Festival (RUSDOCFILMFEST) in New York.

Over 30 films were screened as part of the Free World, Eternal Values, and Fresh Look programs. The films were made with support from independent studios and producers from eight countries.

In the FREE WORLD program the award were given to:

– In the category Free Word – “Bless You”, director Tatiana Chistova, producer Maciek Hamela (Russia / Poland)
– In the category Humanism in the Modern World — “Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial and Depiction”, director Joe Berlinger (USA)
– In the category Humanism in the Modern World — “Remembrance: Following the Trail of the Holocaust”, director Eugenii Bezborodov (Russia / Moldova)
– In the category Genius Loci — “Dossier of Laughter”, director Oleg Kovachev (Bulgaria)

“Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial and Depiction” – the film-in-film produced by Berlinger, Chip Rosenbloom and Eric Esrailian depicts the century of sophisticated denial campaigns by the Turkish government that perpetrated the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey, and features Atom Egoyan, Christian Bale, Mike Medavoy, Eric Bogosian, Serj Tankian, Angela Sarafian, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and the former US Ambassador to Armenia John Marshall Evans.

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Posted 03 November 2021 - 07:51 AM

News.am, Armenia
Nov 2 2021
 
 
Turkish intellectual who fought for Armenian Genocide recognition, condemnation dies in Germany
14:09, 02.11.2021
 
 
 

Turkish intellectual Dogan Akhanli, who fought for the condemnation of the Armenian Genocide, has died in the German capital Berlin at the age of 64, Akunq.net reported.

Akhanli had been suffering from cancer for a long time.

This Turkish intellectual, who lived in Cologne, Germany, for many years, was living in Berlin for the last few years.

Akhanli was known for his works on human rights, history, and the culture of recollection.

According to Deutsche Welle, the Turkey-Germany Cultural Forum also extended condolences over Akhanli’s death, emphasizing on Twitter the fact that this Turkish intellectual had fought for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

In 2005, Akhanli had visited Armenia and participated in an international conference on the Armenian Genocide.

And in 2018, the Armenian translation of Dogan Akhanli's book, entitled "Judges of Last Judgment," was published in Yerevan.

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Posted 05 November 2021 - 08:38 AM

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Nov 3 2021
 
 
Armenian Genocide recognition bill to be debated in UK Parliament on November 9
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The Armenian Genocide Recognition Bill will be debated in the UK Parliament, reports the Armenian National Committee of UK.

The first reading of the Armenian Genocide bill will take place in the House of Commons on November 9.

This Private Members Bill will be presented as a Ten-Minute Rule Motion by Conservative MP Tim Loughton.

If the bill passes this stage, the UK would be a step closer to formally recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

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Posted 06 November 2021 - 08:27 AM

Ha'aretz, Israel
Nov 4 2021
 
 
 
Then Came the Chance the Turks Have Been Waiting For: To Get Rid of Christians Once and for All
 
In the late 1800s, Christians made up 20 percent of Turkey’s population. By the late 1920s, they were down to just 2 percent. New research reveals the scope of the genocide committed by three successive regimes.
 
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In May 1919, six months after the end of World War I, a Greek Navy fleet made its way to the city of Izmir in western Anatolia, escorted by British warships. The preceding October, the Ottoman rulers had signed an armistice agreement in Moudros harbor on the Aegean island of Lemnos, an accord that clearly reflected the Allied victory. By its terms, the Ottomans ceded control over large chunks of their empire to Britain, France and Italy, which in turn gave the Greeks the go-ahead to take control of the western coast of Anatolia, an area that prior to the war was populated mainly by Greek Christians. After landing in Izmir, the Greek forces made their way into the country’s interior. At the height of their expansion, in August 1921, they reached the outskirts of Ankara, the capital city of General Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, leader of the Turkish national movement. From that point on, the forces under Atatürk’s command began to push the invaders back in the direction of the Aegean Sea, and on September 9, 1922, their victory was completed. The invading Greek army retreated to its ships and sailed back to Greece; Atatürk’s First Cavalry Division entered Izmir (Smyrna, to the Greeks) at a light canter, with swords drawn.
 
What happened in Izmir in the early days of the Turkish occupation boggles the imagination. The first day was characterized by mass plunder and rape, which only intensified when another Turkish division entered the city. An American naval officer, Lt. Commander H.E. Knauss, whose ship was anchored in the port at that time, recounted: “En route we passed many dead on streets.… The smaller shops were being looted. Invariably, the owner was lying dead.” In another place, he saw four people murdered in cold blood. Another eyewitness told about seeing many Christian men being executed. Others died when their houses were set on fire. One of the people killed was the Greek Bishop Chrysostomos. When the bishop came to shake the hand of the commander of the First Army, Nureddin Pasha, the latter spit on his outstretched hand and handed the bishop over to the mob. They chopped off his beard, gouged his eyes out and cut off his ears, nose and hands before they killed him. Afterward, his body was dragged through the streets.
 
But that was just the start of the nightmare for the two-thirds of Izmir residents who were Christians – a majority of them Greek and a minority Armenians. (Muslims made up the other third, with 30,000 Jews.) On September 10, Atatürk came to the city and evidently ordered Commander Nureddin to expel all the Christians from the city. The next day, Turkish soldiers surrounded the Armenian Quarter and launched a hunt for Christians. They pulled people out of their homes, looted their properties and raped the women. Many Armenian men were arrested, hauled away and shot.
 
 
Two days later, the city was set ablaze in a massive fire. Initially, several buildings in the Armenian Quarter were observed to be on fire, and crowds of refugees, mostly women and children, fled in a panic toward the seashore. By evening, “The entire waterfront seemed one solid mass of humanity and baggage of every description,” wrote Arthur Japy Hepburn, the local U.S. Navy squadron’s chief of staff, who was on a ship near the port at the time. An estimated 150,000 people crowded onto the quay as the mass of flames moved directly toward the waterline. Escape routes out of the area were blocked by the Turks, and the fire was advancing rapidly. Within minutes, it had reached the piers and they began to burn. Sailors from Allied ships that were anchored in the port succeeded in rescuing thousands of people who leapt into the sea or fled the shore in small boats. But thousands more Greeks and Armenians were either slaughtered by the Turks or perished in the great fire.
 
Ethno-religious massacres
 
This was the beginning of the end of one of the worst and longest genocides in modern history. It is common to speak about the massacre of Armenians in 1915-1916, during World War I, as President Biden did in his statement on April 24, 2021, in which he announced U.S. recognition of the Armenian genocide. But the story of what happened in Turkey is much broader and deeper.
 
 
It goes deeper, because it covers not just what occurred during World War I, but a series of giant ethno-religious massacres that lasted from the 1890s through the 1920s and beyond. It is broader, because it was not only Armenians who were persecuted and killed. Along with hundreds of thousands of Armenians – the Armenians cite a figure of more than 1.5 million killed over the entire period – a similar number of Greeks and Assyrians (or adherents of the Assyrian or Syriac churches) were slaughtered. (Greek historians speak of more than a million Greeks who were murdered.)
 
By our estimate, over the course of the 30-year period, between 1.5 and 2.5 million Christians from the three religious groups were either murdered or intentionally starved to death, or allowed to die of disease, and millions more were expelled from Turkey and lost everything.
 
In addition, tens of thousands of Christians were forced to convert to Islam, and many thousands of Christian women and girls were raped, either by their Muslim neighbors or by members of the security forces. The Turks even opened markets where Christian girls were sold as sex slaves.
 
One of the people killed was a Greek bishop. The commander of the First Army handed him over to the mob. They chopped off his beard, gouged his eyes out and cut off his ears, nose and hands before they killed him.
 
These atrocities were committed by three very different, successive regimes: Sultan Abdülhamid II’s authoritarian-Islamist regime; the government of the Committee of Union and Progress (the Young Turks) during World War I, under the leadership of Talaat Pasha and Enver Pasha; and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s post-war secular nationalist regime.
 
The three regimes worked to eliminate the Christian minorities in Anatolia for similar reasons, including suspicion of their ties with external Christian enemies of the state, anger at the extra privileges granted to Christians in previous years, revenge for real or imagined massacres and expulsions of Muslims by Christians in the Balkans, as well as out of jealousy of the Christian minorities’ wealth and success. But the main reason was a lethal combination of religion and nationalism. Sultan Abdülhamid II may have had an imperialist worldview, but during his time, the budding Turkish national identity was already evident, hand in hand with a pan-Islamist outlook. In his attempt to undo the reforms of his predecessors, which aimed to accord full rights of citizenship and a degree of equality to religious minorities, Abdülhamid strove for the political unification of the Muslim peoples and worked to suppress the national aspirations and civil rights of the Christian minorities in his country. Since the Greeks already had a homeland – Greece obtained independence in 1830 – and the Assyrians had no real national movement to speak of, the sultan identified the Armenians as posing the greatest danger to the empire’s territorial integrity.
 
Indeed, in that period, an Armenian national movement arose that occasionally attacked soldiers, policemen, officials and collaborators. Between 1894 and 1896, approximately 200,000 Armenians and possibly more were massacred or persecuted to death by Abdülhamid’s regime. He believed that, as a result, the Armenians would not thereafter dare to “raise their heads” and threaten his regime and empire.
 
 
When the members of the Committee of Union and Progress seized power in the 1908 revolution, however, they discovered that Abdülhamid had failed in his mission, and that the Armenian national movement had survived. A Greek cultural revival was also identified. By Greeks we mean those who belonged to the Greek Orthodox church and identified themselves as being of Greek origin (mostly living in the Pontus and along Turkey’s Aegean coastline). Many of the ethnic Greeks also spoke Turkish as a first language and lacked strong ties to Greece. But the fear of an uprising by the large Greek communities came to the fore during the Balkan Wars that immediately preceded World War I. During and right after the war, the Young Turks’ governments brutally expelled tens of thousands of Greeks from the border region and from the Aegean coast. In addition, in a local conflagration in 1909, between 20,000 and 30,000 Armenians were slaughtered in the Adana region in southeastern Anatolia. The horrible massacre in Adana may not have been planned by the government, but the indifference it was met with around the world made it all the more clear to the leaders of the Committee of Union and Progress that the major powers would not lift a finger to save the Christian subjects of the Ottoman Empire.
 
A holy mission
 
When the world war broke out, in August 1914, the committee’s leaders realized this was the chance they’d been waiting for to get rid of the country’s Christians. Under their rule, a further shift had occurred among Turkey’s majority population, from a religious Islamic identity toward the Turkish national identity, and an attempt was made at “Turkifying” the Arabs and other non-Turkish Muslims (such as the Kurds and Circassians). However, religion was still perceived as a central component of Turkish identity. For example, there are many testimonies to the fact that Talaat Pasha, the main architect and overseer of the World War I genocide, was a devout Muslim who viewed the elimination of the Christians who rebelled against the rule of Islam as a holy mission, and many perpetrators of the massacres said they were motivated by the imperatives of Islam, as they saw it.
 
 
Over the course of 30 years, 1.5-2.5 million Christians from were killed, and millions more were expelled from Turkey and lost everything. Tens of thousands were forced to convert to Islam, and many thousands of Christian women and girls were raped.
 
 
The Ottoman Empire’s decision to enter the war on the side of Germany and Austria, despite having no clear interest at stake, arose in part from a desire to take advantage of the expulsion of Britain and France from the region to achieve a number of “improvements,” including wiping out what was perceived as a Christian threat to the empire’s integrity. Between the spring of 1915 and the summer of 1916, in an effort coordinated from Istanbul (Constantinople), most of Anatolia’s Armenians were banished to the Syrian-Iraqi desert. After most of the able-bodied males (17- to 50-year-olds) were systematically slaughtered, the convoys of women, children and the old were driven southeastward. Many Armenian young men were drafted into the army and sent to labor battalions where they were disarmed, and shot or worked to death. Many if not most of the women, children and elderly died in the death marches to the Syrian desert; many of those who did make it to the desert died there of starvation and thirst, or were killed by murderous gangs acting in the service of the government.
 
 
When the war ended, the few refugees who survived thought they would be able to return to their homes, under the victorious Allies’ patronage, but their hopes were disappointed. In 1919, General Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, an Ottoman war hero, had begun to organize the forces of the Ottoman Army that had crumbled, and to fight back against the foreigners that had occupied his land, primarily against the French who took over southeastern Anatolia and the Greeks who invaded the Aegean coastal region. It is true that Atatürk’s worldview was Turkish nationalist and secular (in the French sense of the word, in which the state does not take any position on questions of religion). But, for him, too, religion – as a component of culture and history – was an integral part of Turkish identity. And like many military officers of that period, he also believed that the Christians were a fifth column in the country that was serving, or could potentially serve, the enemy, and had to be gotten rid of at all costs. He explicitly said as much to Western officials whom he met with in Izmir days after its conquest.
 
Thus, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk deliberately continued the policy of his predecessors. The Armenian refugees who returned after the war to the area now under French control (the Cilicia region, in southern Anatolia) were expelled again, and many of them were killed in order to encourage others to flee. But now it was mainly the Greeks’ turn to suffer massacre and expulsion. From 1920 to 1922, the Turks resumed the death marches, this time from the large Greek communities along the Black Sea (the Pontus), which had hardly any connection to the Greek invasion in the Aegean Sea.
 
 
Since Syria was now ruled by the French, and the Greeks could not be deported to the Syrian desert, as was done with the Armenians during the war, the expulsions were carried out to arid, mountainous regions in Turkey’s interior, with the Greeks often made to march endlessly in circles until many died. Others, mainly in the western region, were expelled to Greece, with many of those who remained ultimately perishing in the great fire in Izmir. With the signing of a population-exchange agreement, by which the remaining 189,000 Greek Orthodox were resettled in Greece, and 355,000 Muslims were transferred from Greek territory to Turkey, this period of mass expulsions came to an end.
 
According to most estimates, during the final quarter of the 19th century, Greeks comprised 20 percent of the population within the borders of present-day Turkey. By the end of the 1920s, they comprised just 2 percent of the population. Many of those who remained in Turkey were residents of Istanbul who were not massacred or expelled due to the large presence there of journalists and international observers. Our research concludes with the period right after the founding of the Turkish Republic, in 1923, but the acts of ethnic cleansing and expulsion of Christians continued beyond that time, particularly during two rounds of anti-Greek pogroms in Istanbul, in 1955 and 1966.
 
Intimate and personal
 
A comparison between some aspects of the genocide of Christians in Turkey and the Jewish Holocaust is unavoidable. The Holocaust of the Jews was unprecedented – the vast numbers of people murdered in a short time, the mechanical, industrialized way in which this was accomplished. But in other ways, the slaughter of the Christians in Turkey, that night without end, even surpasses the Shoah. First, because despite its appalling scope, the Holocaust lasted five years (or seven, if you start counting from Kristallnacht, in November 1938), and was carried out by a single regime. The killing of the Christians in Turkey continued, off and on, for 30 years, and was carried out by three entirely different regimes. Second, despite some exceptions, the Holocaust involved murder that was mechanical and devoid of feeling. Instances of sadism were relatively rare, and in most cases, the victims were murdered like bugs that had to be squashed. The murder of the Christians in Turkey, however, was intimate and personal. The killers frequently knew their victims, as they often came from the same villages and towns or adjacent clans.
 
One key difference between the two genocides was the participation in the murder, rape and looting of masses of Turkish citizens, while the Holocaust was carried out mainly by the German security forces and appended forces from the occupied countries. (Most Germans did not participate at all in the acts of killing, and some claimed they were unaware of what exactly was happening.) In the Turkish case, while there were some Muslims, and even some military officers and governors, who courageously took action to save Christians and hide them, for the most part, the population took an active part in the violence, sometimes murdering Christians with knives, axes, rocks and metal bars, and often accompanying the killing with sadistic torture. Untold numbers took part in the looting.
 
Many aspects of the Turkish Christian tragedy have yet to be studied in depth. We hope that our research has contributed something to an understanding of its scope.
 
“The Thirty-Year Genocide,” by Dror Ze’evi and Benny Morris, was published in English by Harvard University Press in 2019. A Hebrew edition was published last month by Am Oved/Sifriyat Ofakim.
 
 
 
 


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Posted 10 November 2021 - 08:48 AM

Evening Standard, UK
Nov 9 2021
 
 
 
UK Must recognise ‘appalling historical injustice’ of Armenian genocide, says MP
Despite no fewer than 31 countries now officially recognise the Armenian genocide, the UK has still failed to follow suit, Tim Loughton has said.
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The UK can help right an “appalling historical injustice” by recognising the Armenian genocide, a Conservative former minister has said.

Tim Loughton the MP for East Worthing and Shoreham put forward in the House of Commons a bill that would require the UK Government to formally recognise the genocide of the Armenians in the period 1915 to 1923 and to establish an annual commemoration to the victims of the Armenian genocide.

Mr Loughton, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Armenia, claimed that despite the fact that no fewer than 31 countries now officially recognise the Armenian genocide, the UK has still “failed to follow suit”.

He insisted a memorandum from the Foreign Office back in 1999 “let the cat out of the bag” when it said: “Given the importance of our relationship, political, strategic and commercial with Turkey, recognising the genocide would provide no practical benefit to the UK.”

"Refusing to recognise the Armenian Genocide risk conveying a dangerous message of impunity that a crime unpunished is a crime encouraged or downplayed"

 

Mr Loughton insisted “glossing over the uncomfortable inconveniences of past history is not the basis for strong and constructive relationships.”

He told MPs: “We cannot legitimately call out and stand up to genocide still going on in the 21st century by sidelining and neglecting the genocides of the 20th century.

“Refusing to recognise the Armenian Genocide risk conveying a dangerous message of impunity that a crime unpunished is a crime encouraged or downplayed.”

He noted the Bill is strongly supported by members from at least five parties across the House, before adding: “We have the opportunity to do our best to help right an appalling historical injustice and as a leading advocate of human rights on the international stage, send out a clear message that we recognise genocide wherever and whenever it has been committed, as the worst crime against humanity and we will call it helped defend the victims and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

In April, US president Joe Biden formally recognised the systematic killings and deportations of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by Ottoman Empire forces in the early 20th century as “genocide”.

Mr Biden used a term for the atrocities that his White House predecessors had avoided for decades amid concerns over alienating Turkey.

The Turkish foreign ministry said in response at the time: “We reject and denounce in the strongest terms the statement of the President of the US regarding the events of 1915 made under the pressure of radical Armenian circles and anti-Turkey groups.”

Mr Loughton’s Armenian Genocide Recognition Bill was listed for a second reading on March 18 2022, but is unlikely to become law due to a lack of parliamentary time.

 

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Posted 11 November 2021 - 10:19 AM

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Armenian Genocide recognition bill passes first reading at UK House of Commons without objections

 
 
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LONDON, NOVEMBER 10, ARMENPRESS. The Armenian Genocide recognition bill passed the House of Commons of the British Parliament without objections at first reading, the Armenian National Committee of United Kingdom reported.

“Today is a historic day for the Armenian Cause. The first reading of the Armenian Genocide Bill went through without objections. The next reading will take place on March 18 2022. We thank Tim Loughton and all the co sponsors for this success,” the Armenian National Committee of the UK said in a statement.

 
 

 

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Posted 20 November 2021 - 10:14 AM

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Nov 19 2021
 
 
Israel, UK lawmakers consider recognizing Armenian genocide
 
 

Bills introduced in Israel and the United Kingdom may recognize the Armenian genocide that exterminated about 3.75 million Christians in the 19th and 20th centuries, according to reports from the relief organization Barnabas Fund.

A bill to recognize the genocide was introduced Nov. 9 in Israel’s Knesset (parliament). Barnabas Fund notes that the measure seeks to establish an annual memorial day on April 24, which several countries observe as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

Also on Nov. 9, a bill to establish an annual remembrance and incorporate instruction on the genocide into the national curriculum received its first reading in the United Kingdom House of Commons, states Barnabas Fund.

The United States and 30 other countries have recognized the genocide, the reports say.

In presenting the UK bill, Tim Loughton MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Armenia, said the threat to Armenians continues. “The recent invasion of Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan, forcing 90,000 Armenians to flee their homes due to the threat of ethnic cleansing, serves as a warning that Armenians remain vulnerable today,” he said, according to the report.

Between 1893 and 1923, about 1.5 million Armenians were killed in the Ottoman Empire in an attempt to annihilate Christian minorities, the reports say. An additional 2.25 million Assyrian, Greek and Syriac Christians were killed in the territories between 1914 and 1923.

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 08:50 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
Nov 29 2021
 
 
Australian Parliament debating Armenian Genocide recognition
November 29, 2021, 11:19
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Australian Federal Parliament’s House of Representatives is holding a debate on a Motion calling on the Australian Government to recognize the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Genocides.

For the first time ever, a Motion has made the Australian parliamentary agenda that outright calls on the Federal Government to recognize the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides.

If the majority of speakers debate in favour of the motion, Australia’s most representative parliamentary chamber would be calling on the Federal government to fulfil the nation’s will and recognize the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides.

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 11:39 AM

Australian parliament passes Armenian Genocide-related resolution

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the Federal Parliament’s House of Representatives unanimously debated in favour of a motion calling on the Australian Government to recognise the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Genocides, reported the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU). The motion paid respect to the upcoming International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime and urged Australia’s Government to uphold its obligations as a signatory to the UN Genocide Convention by recognising “the genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923 of Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks and other Christian minorities”. Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman MP moved the motion in the Australian Parliament’s Federation Chamber, and it was seconded by his co-convenor of the Australia-Armenia Interparliamentary Union and former Defence Minister of Australia, Joel Fitzgibbon MP (Member for Hunter). They were joined as speakers on the motion by John Alexander MP (Member for Bennelong), Josh Burns MP (Member for Macnamara), Julian Leeser MP (Member for Berowra) and Steve Georganas MP (Member for Adelaide). “The House of Representatives has spoken. The Australian Government has just received a bipartisan and unanimous call to recognise the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides, from their Parliament’s largest and most representative legislative chamber,” said Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU), Haig Kayserian on behalf of the Joint Justice Initiative. The Joint Justice Initiative was formed by the public affairs representative organisations of the Armenian-Australian, Assyrian-Australian and Greek-Australian communities to advocate for national recognition of the genocides suffered by their ancestors. “This historic outcome is the first legislative success of the Joint Justice Initiative, and it means our elected parliamentarians reject a foreign dictatorship’s hold on this line in Australia’s foreign policy, and they join our communities’ call on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Government to do the same, and call genocides by name,” Kayserian added. Zimmerman was unequivocal in his call for the importance of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocide recognition during his speech.

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 10:18 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
Nov 30 2021
 
 
UK Parliament scheduled to debate Armenian Genocide bill at second reading on December 10
November 30, 2021, 22:57
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Following the Early Day Motion calling on the UK government to recognize the Armenian Genocide in May and the subsequent introduction of John Spellar’s Genocide Recognition bill, the second reading at the UK House of Commons is provisionally scheduled for Friday 10th December, the Armenian National Committee of UK informs.

“This is the stage at which MPs are able to debate the principles of the bill. Whether or not the debate takes place depends on the parliamentary agenda of this day,” ANC- UK said.

The bill was introduced by MP John Spellar (Labor – Warley) in July 2021. Twenty-six British MPs have cosigned the bill calling on the UK to recognize the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian National Committee of UK informs.

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 11:21 AM

News.am, Armenia
Dec 3 2021
 
 
Union Against Genocide founder, chairman Ali Ertem dies in Germany
16:54, 03.12.2021
 
 
 

Turkish intellectual Ali Ertem, who fought for nearly two decades for the recognition and condemnation of the Armenian, Greek, and Assyrian genocides and was the founder and chairman of the Union Against Genocide that was established to that end, has died in Frankfurt, Germany, Akunq.net reported

Ertem founded the aforesaid organization in 1998 and visited Armenia for the first time that year to pay tribute to the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Every year since its founding, the Union Against Genocide sends a representative to Yerevan on April 24 to lay a wreath at the Armenian Genocide Memorial on behalf of the union members.

Also, the members of this union were raising symbolic money and donating it to the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in order to transfer it to the Armenian Genocide survivors, or to cover other expenses.

Ali Ertem had last visited Armenia in the spring of 2019.

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