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AGMI Announces 2018 Lemkin Scholarship for Foreign Students

YEREVAN — The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute announces 2018 LEMKIN SCHOLARSHIP program for foreign students and PhD candidates. Raphael Lemkin scholarship is intended to enable foreign students and young scientists, who specialize in genocide studies, especially in the Armenian Genocide, to visit Armenia for a month to conduct research in local scientific institutions and libraries.

The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute will provide researchers possibility to carry out their research in AGMI, including necessary research materials and consultation.

The deadline for application is on 15 December, 2017. The winner will be selected by the Scientific Council of the AGMI on 25 December, 2017.

The beginning of the scholarship program is on 1 January, 2018. Winners are free to select a month within 2018 except January, February and December.

The duration of the scholarship is one month.
More info: genocide-museum.am

Article source: https://massispost.com/2017/11/agmi-announces-2018-lemkin-scholarship-foreign-students/

Screening in London of “The Other Side of Home”

LONDON — Organized by the Armenian Community Council of the United Kingdom and Nor Serount Cultural Association London, on November 1, 2017, the glorious and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall was packed to capacity with almost 400 members of the community, together with some Turkish friends, representatives from the U.K. Houses of Parliament All Party Parliamentary Group for Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Armenian Embassy, His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manoukian, Primate of the Armenian Church Diocese of the United Kingdom and Ireland, numerous other invited dignitaries and Mr. Zorik Gasparian, Vice-Chairman of the Armenian Community Council of the United Kingdom.

Also present were the Director of the film Nare Mkrtchyan, and the star of the documentary Maya who were in the United Kingdom to attend the screening of The Other Side of Home at the Screening Rights Film Festival in Birmingham from 27 October to 4 November 2017.

In the film, the year is 2015. Maya a Turkish lady, who is aware of her legacy as a great-grandchild of an Armenian woman, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, realizes that she carries a conflict within her. On one side, how the young Armenian woman (her great-grandmother) was saved by a brave Turkish soldier, how he converts her to Islam and later gets to marry her; and the way in which she raises her children, living a sad life without a smile; and on the other side, the quiet moments when she whispers Armenian songs while hanging the washing in the garden and the constant knowledge of the fact that her great-grandmother at a fragile age of 13, had witnessed the destruction of her family and the entire ethnic Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire.

This complex emotional state created the urge in Maya, to travel across the border to Armenia to participate in the Armenian Genocide Centenary commemorations which took place in Armenia as well as by all ethnic Armenian communities throughout the world.

This is where Nare the director of the documentary comes into the story. Nare, a young lady, born in Armenia and educated in the USA decides to travel to Turkey where she meets Maya, and the idea of making a film materializes. They travel to Istanbul to find the house where Maya used to live and the Armenian man named Alex who gave shelter to Maya’s family when they were homeless. They then travel to Armenia and take part in the commemorative events on 24 April 2015, placing flowers along with over a Million Armenians, at the Tzidzernagaberd Monument built in memory of the Armenian Genocide. The emotional state and the complex feelings that Maya experiences are the key features of the documentary.

Following the film show there was an opportunity for the audience to ask various questions. Maya and Nare responded to very interesting questions addressing the emotional state of Maya during the journey, the changes in her feelings after having visited Armenia, and the experience that she had gone through.

Article source: https://massispost.com/2017/11/screening-london-side-home/

FM Nalbandian – Armenia Expects Israel Will Recognize the Armenian Genocide

JERUSALEM (Armradio.am) — Armenia expects Israel to recognize the Armenian Genocide, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandina said in an interview with the Public Broadcasting Corporation.

“The two nations have passed through the horrors of genocide. Many scholars, many politicians consider that in case of adequate condemnation of the Armenian Genocide it could be possible to prevent Shoah and other genocides. That is why of course, we are expecting that Israel will officially recognize the Armenian Genocide,” Minister Nalbandian said.

“We feel that more and more people in Israel favor the recognition, including in the Parliament. I had a meeting with the Chairman of the Knesset. He again expressed his very clear position of the importance of the recognition by Knesset of the Armenian Genocide,” the Foreign Minister said.

Speaking of Armenia’s cooperation with Iran and the latter’s role in the region, Armenia”s top diplomat said: “We have good relations with neighboring Iran, we cooperate in different fields. Taking into consideration that we have closed borders with other two neighbors, with Turkey and Azerbaijan, you have to understand that Iran and Georgia are the two neighbors with whom we have not just normal relations, but good cooperation. And we are deploying efforts with the aim to develop our bilateral cooperation and partnership.”

Edward Nalbandian said “it’s not an obstacle to Armenia’s bilateral relations with Israel, just like the Israel’s relations with any neighboring country of Armenia are not an obstacle to our relations.

Armenia and Israel have not yet exchanged Ambassadors. “Our position was very clear: as soon as Israel will open an embassy in Armenia, we will reciprocate and open an Embassy in Israel,” Edward Nalbandian said.

On Nagorno Karabakh, the Foreign Minister said: “We are never asking our friendly, partner countries to support Armenia against anybody, including Azerbaijan. On Nagorno-Karabakh issue our expectation is to support and to be in line with the position of the international community. The international community gave a mandate to the three co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group- the United States, Russia and France – to mediate the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. This is the unique situation that the United States, Russia and France, on the level of the Presidents of those countries, adopted five statement on how the conflict could be resolved in a very detailed way with concrete principles and concrete elements elaborated as an integrated whole. And Armenia’s position is in line with the position of the Co-Chair countries, so with the position of the international community.”

The Armenian Foreign Minister stated that “the final status of Nagorno-Karabakh has to be decided by the free expression of will of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, which will have an internationally legally binding force, including for Azerbaijan. This is the position of the international community and we are expressing our support to this position, but Azerbaijan doesn’t.”

“Concerning the ceasefire violations, and by the way this is also the position of the three Co-Chair countries, so of the international community, including Armenia, that we have to respect the trilateral ceasefire agreements reached between Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan and Armenia in 1994-1995 without time limitations, three agreements about the ceasefire and about the consolidation of the ceasefire. Azerbaijan is always trying not to respect ceasefire agreements, and even to put under the question that those agreements are in force,” Edward Nalbandian stated.

“This is the difference between our position and the position of Azerbaijan. Even more, the international community through three co-chairs come up with the proposals to create investigation mechanism of violations of the ceasefire agreements. Armenia supports the proposal on the creation of mechanism of investigation of ceasefire violations which could serve as a mechanism of prevention. Azerbaijan is rejecting to creation of this mechanism, so the position of the three Co-Chair countries, of course they are mediators and could not always express their opinion about it openly and publicly. Nevertheless, they are always saying that the side, which is rejecting to create this mechanism of prevention takes the responsibility for all the violations of ceasefire,” the Armenian Foreign Minister added.

Asked about Armenia’s stance on Israel’s military exports, the Minister said: “The trade of arms is not a trade of vegetables and such kind of trade always has its black side, which could have some negative consequences. What’s important in Armenia’s relations with Israel is that we have no taboo for discussing all the questions, even sensitive questions we are discussing openly and we are trying to find ways out.”

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/11/fm-nalbandian-armenia-expects-israel-will-recognize-armenian-genocide/

FM Nalbandian – Armenia Expects Israel Will Recognize the Armenian Genocide

JERUSALEM (Armradio.am) — Armenia expects Israel to recognize the Armenian Genocide, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandina said in an interview with the Public Broadcasting Corporation.

“The two nations have passed through the horrors of genocide. Many scholars, many politicians consider that in case of adequate condemnation of the Armenian Genocide it could be possible to prevent Shoah and other genocides. That is why of course, we are expecting that Israel will officially recognize the Armenian Genocide,” Minister Nalbandian said.

“We feel that more and more people in Israel favor the recognition, including in the Parliament. I had a meeting with the Chairman of the Knesset. He again expressed his very clear position of the importance of the recognition by Knesset of the Armenian Genocide,” the Foreign Minister said.

Speaking of Armenia’s cooperation with Iran and the latter’s role in the region, Armenia”s top diplomat said: “We have good relations with neighboring Iran, we cooperate in different fields. Taking into consideration that we have closed borders with other two neighbors, with Turkey and Azerbaijan, you have to understand that Iran and Georgia are the two neighbors with whom we have not just normal relations, but good cooperation. And we are deploying efforts with the aim to develop our bilateral cooperation and partnership.”

Edward Nalbandian said “it’s not an obstacle to Armenia’s bilateral relations with Israel, just like the Israel’s relations with any neighboring country of Armenia are not an obstacle to our relations.

Armenia and Israel have not yet exchanged Ambassadors. “Our position was very clear: as soon as Israel will open an embassy in Armenia, we will reciprocate and open an Embassy in Israel,” Edward Nalbandian said.

On Nagorno Karabakh, the Foreign Minister said: “We are never asking our friendly, partner countries to support Armenia against anybody, including Azerbaijan. On Nagorno-Karabakh issue our expectation is to support and to be in line with the position of the international community. The international community gave a mandate to the three co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group- the United States, Russia and France – to mediate the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. This is the unique situation that the United States, Russia and France, on the level of the Presidents of those countries, adopted five statement on how the conflict could be resolved in a very detailed way with concrete principles and concrete elements elaborated as an integrated whole. And Armenia’s position is in line with the position of the Co-Chair countries, so with the position of the international community.”

The Armenian Foreign Minister stated that “the final status of Nagorno-Karabakh has to be decided by the free expression of will of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, which will have an internationally legally binding force, including for Azerbaijan. This is the position of the international community and we are expressing our support to this position, but Azerbaijan doesn’t.”

“Concerning the ceasefire violations, and by the way this is also the position of the three Co-Chair countries, so of the international community, including Armenia, that we have to respect the trilateral ceasefire agreements reached between Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan and Armenia in 1994-1995 without time limitations, three agreements about the ceasefire and about the consolidation of the ceasefire. Azerbaijan is always trying not to respect ceasefire agreements, and even to put under the question that those agreements are in force,” Edward Nalbandian stated.

“This is the difference between our position and the position of Azerbaijan. Even more, the international community through three co-chairs come up with the proposals to create investigation mechanism of violations of the ceasefire agreements. Armenia supports the proposal on the creation of mechanism of investigation of ceasefire violations which could serve as a mechanism of prevention. Azerbaijan is rejecting to creation of this mechanism, so the position of the three Co-Chair countries, of course they are mediators and could not always express their opinion about it openly and publicly. Nevertheless, they are always saying that the side, which is rejecting to create this mechanism of prevention takes the responsibility for all the violations of ceasefire,” the Armenian Foreign Minister added.

Asked about Armenia’s stance on Israel’s military exports, the Minister said: “The trade of arms is not a trade of vegetables and such kind of trade always has its black side, which could have some negative consequences. What’s important in Armenia’s relations with Israel is that we have no taboo for discussing all the questions, even sensitive questions we are discussing openly and we are trying to find ways out.”

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/11/fm-nalbandian-armenia-expects-israel-will-recognize-armenian-genocide/

FM Nalbandian – Armenia Expects Israel Will Recognize the Armenian Genocide

JERUSALEM (Armradio.am) — Armenia expects Israel to recognize the Armenian Genocide, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandina said in an interview with the Public Broadcasting Corporation.

“The two nations have passed through the horrors of genocide. Many scholars, many politicians consider that in case of adequate condemnation of the Armenian Genocide it could be possible to prevent Shoah and other genocides. That is why of course, we are expecting that Israel will officially recognize the Armenian Genocide,” Minister Nalbandian said.

“We feel that more and more people in Israel favor the recognition, including in the Parliament. I had a meeting with the Chairman of the Knesset. He again expressed his very clear position of the importance of the recognition by Knesset of the Armenian Genocide,” the Foreign Minister said.

Speaking of Armenia’s cooperation with Iran and the latter’s role in the region, Armenia”s top diplomat said: “We have good relations with neighboring Iran, we cooperate in different fields. Taking into consideration that we have closed borders with other two neighbors, with Turkey and Azerbaijan, you have to understand that Iran and Georgia are the two neighbors with whom we have not just normal relations, but good cooperation. And we are deploying efforts with the aim to develop our bilateral cooperation and partnership.”

Edward Nalbandian said “it’s not an obstacle to Armenia’s bilateral relations with Israel, just like the Israel’s relations with any neighboring country of Armenia are not an obstacle to our relations.

Armenia and Israel have not yet exchanged Ambassadors. “Our position was very clear: as soon as Israel will open an embassy in Armenia, we will reciprocate and open an Embassy in Israel,” Edward Nalbandian said.

On Nagorno Karabakh, the Foreign Minister said: “We are never asking our friendly, partner countries to support Armenia against anybody, including Azerbaijan. On Nagorno-Karabakh issue our expectation is to support and to be in line with the position of the international community. The international community gave a mandate to the three co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group- the United States, Russia and France – to mediate the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. This is the unique situation that the United States, Russia and France, on the level of the Presidents of those countries, adopted five statement on how the conflict could be resolved in a very detailed way with concrete principles and concrete elements elaborated as an integrated whole. And Armenia’s position is in line with the position of the Co-Chair countries, so with the position of the international community.”

The Armenian Foreign Minister stated that “the final status of Nagorno-Karabakh has to be decided by the free expression of will of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, which will have an internationally legally binding force, including for Azerbaijan. This is the position of the international community and we are expressing our support to this position, but Azerbaijan doesn’t.”

“Concerning the ceasefire violations, and by the way this is also the position of the three Co-Chair countries, so of the international community, including Armenia, that we have to respect the trilateral ceasefire agreements reached between Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan and Armenia in 1994-1995 without time limitations, three agreements about the ceasefire and about the consolidation of the ceasefire. Azerbaijan is always trying not to respect ceasefire agreements, and even to put under the question that those agreements are in force,” Edward Nalbandian stated.

“This is the difference between our position and the position of Azerbaijan. Even more, the international community through three co-chairs come up with the proposals to create investigation mechanism of violations of the ceasefire agreements. Armenia supports the proposal on the creation of mechanism of investigation of ceasefire violations which could serve as a mechanism of prevention. Azerbaijan is rejecting to creation of this mechanism, so the position of the three Co-Chair countries, of course they are mediators and could not always express their opinion about it openly and publicly. Nevertheless, they are always saying that the side, which is rejecting to create this mechanism of prevention takes the responsibility for all the violations of ceasefire,” the Armenian Foreign Minister added.

Asked about Armenia’s stance on Israel’s military exports, the Minister said: “The trade of arms is not a trade of vegetables and such kind of trade always has its black side, which could have some negative consequences. What’s important in Armenia’s relations with Israel is that we have no taboo for discussing all the questions, even sensitive questions we are discussing openly and we are trying to find ways out.”

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/11/fm-nalbandian-armenia-expects-israel-will-recognize-armenian-genocide/

Human Rights Watch Announces New ‘Promise Award’ Commemorating Chris Cornell

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch will present its inaugural Promise Award to the song The Promise on November 14, 2017, Human Rights Watch announced today.

Inspired by the film and song that powerfully depicted the atrocities committed against the Armenian people, the award recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way. Fittingly, the inaugural honor will be given to the late legendary singer and songwriter Chris Cornell in recognition of his song, The Promise. The award will be presented at The Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, at 6:30 p.m. on November 14.

The pioneering recording artist Chris Cornell, who sadly passed away in May, wrote the title song for the film, The Promise, the first major Hollywood film about the Armenian genocide. The song and its video fittingly weave the genocide with humanitarian crises of today. The song focuses on courage, perseverance, and hope – connecting with emotions that characterize and amplify the worldwide struggle for human rights. Cornell donated all proceeds from the song to benefit refugees and children, and his song continues to inspire millions as an anthem for the human rights movement.

“We are proud to name this award after The Promise, and present the inaugural award to Chris Cornell’s inspiring song,” said Justin Connolly, director of the Human Rights Watch Los Angeles Committee.

The Promise film has greatly raised awareness about the atrocities during the Armenian genocide in 1915 and recruited the general public and leaders from around the world to fight for human rights with its #KeepThePromise social media campaign. All proceeds from the film are being donated to non-profit organizations and humanitarian causes – including the establishment of The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA.

The renowned singer, songwriter, film composer, and human rights activist Serj Tankian – also known for leading the Grammy-winning band, System Of A Down – will present the award. Tankian also served as the executive music consultant for The Promise and also contributed a song for the film’s soundtrack.

The Los Angeles Committee supports Human Rights Watch through outreach, advocacy and fundraising. It is part of a network of committees across 22 cities in East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. For more than 25 years, the committee has dedicated itself to broadening awareness of human rights issues throughout Southern California.

Featured photo by Jeff Lipsky

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/11/human-rights-watch-announces-new-promise-award-commemorating-chris-cornell/

Columbia University to Host Conversation with IAGS President Henry Theriault

NEW YORK—Join a conversation with Dr. Henry Theriault, recently elected as President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), on human rights violations around the world, the state of genocide studies today, genocide prevention, reparations, denial, and more. The event, titled “’Impossible Harms’: A Conversation with Prof. Henry Theriault,” will take place on Thursday, November 30, at 7:00 p.m., at 301 Pupin Hall, 538 West 120th Street (at Broadway), Columbia University.

The program is co-sponsored by the Armenian Center at Columbia University, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, NAASR / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues, and the Research Institute on Turkey.

Dr. Theriault has served as founding co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Genocide Studies International, chaired the Armenian Genocide Reparations Study Group and was lead author of its 2015 final report, and his autobiographical narrative, “Out of the Shadow of War and Genocide,” was included in Advancing Genocide Studies: Personal Accounts and Insights from Scholars in the Field (2015), edited by Samuel Totten. After 19 years on the faculty in the Philosophy Department at Worcester State, in 2017 he became Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

As a scholar who has been a leading voice among of genocide studies over the past decade and more, and now as President of the IAGS, a position to which he was elected in June 2017, Theriault is among those setting the agenda for genocide studies. In his inaugural address, he stated that “genocide studies has been at the forefront of recent human rights advances. … Demagogues attack the sensibilities genocide studies engenders. Our work is a crucial challenge to their propaganda.”

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/11/columbia-university-host-conversation-iags-president-henry-theriault/

FM Edward Nalbandian Visits Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

JERUSALEM — On November 6, while on an official visit to Israel, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian visited Yad Vashem and laid a wreath at the Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

After the tour at the Holocaust Museum, the Foreign Minister of Armenia left a note in Yad Vashem’s Honorable Guests’ Book, which reads: “The most important lesson we learn when visiting Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan is that new genocides and crimes against humanity can be prevented only by the joint efforts of the international community. The moral duty of the Armenian and Jewish peoples who have passed through the horrors of the Genocide is to stand at the forefront of these efforts.”

Foreign Minister Nalbandian also had a meeting with Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein. The interlocutors hailed the effective cooperation between the two parliaments and the activity of friendship groups.

Nalbandian and Edelstein discussed a wide range of issues related to the deepening and expansion of inter-parliamentary ties, as well as cooperation within international organizations. They also referred to urgent regional issues.

As for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the Knesset Speaker said his stance on the importance of acknowledgement is well known and he has expressed it on many occasions.

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/11/fm-edward-nalbandian-visits-yad-vashem-holocaust-memorial/

Armenian Genocide Monument Desecrated in France

PARIS — The Armenian associations in Vienne, France, have issued a statement regarding the desecration of the town’s monument to Armenian Genocide victims, reported French Armenian Nouvelles d’Arménie monthly magazine.

The statement notes that the monument was desecrated again, insulting and obscene writings were made on it, and the Armenian organizations of Vienne jointly condemn this act and have decided to file a complaint.

As per the statement, by desecrating this monument, a blow has been dealt not solely to the memory of the martyrs of 1915, but to the memory of all Armenians who were martyred for France during the two world wars, and this monument was dedicated to them, too.

“This vandalism is part of a series of desecrations in recent years in France, and it reminds Armenians how long the road is toward protection of memory and fight against denialism, “ the statement also reads. “This continues to be a current matter, and again, a strict response is required from the authorities.”

 

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/11/armenian-genocide-monument-desecrated-france/

Carpet Created by Ghazir Orphanage Children Donated to Armenian Genocide Museum

YEREVAN (Armenpress) — A carpet of unique value has been donated to the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute through Aspet Hamalian and the Armenian Embassy in Lebanon in accordance with the testament of Beirut resident Hrayr-Mkrtich Srapian, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute official website reports.

The donor of this carpet highlighted the importance of preserving the memory of the Armenian Genocide and transferring them to the future generations.

The carpet has been created by Armenian orphans of Ghazir orphanage in 1925. A similar carpet created by them has been donated to US President C. Coolidge as a gratitude to the American people for assisting Armenians. During the 1920s about 1400 Armenian female orphans who survived the Genocide sheltered in Ghazir orphanage. In addition to other crafts, they also learnt carpet weaving. During 1923-1930 more than 3000 carpets have been woven here, over 1000 Armenian orphans received carpet-weaving certificates.

The carpet belonged to the Srapian family living in Beirut. The father of the donor is an Armenian Genocide survivor Hovhannes H. Srapian (born in 1899). Hovhannes, who survived the massacres, was settled in Aleppo than in Beirut.

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/11/carpet-created-ghazir-orphanage-children-donated-armenian-genocide-museum/

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Using the unrecognized Genocides of the past as a reason to keep vigilance on all current ones around the world. The iPhone app is now available free on the Apple App Store. The Android and Blackberry versions of 'Genocide Monument' are currently being funded for production.