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How Will the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Represent Genocide?

 


Statement by the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Issues (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

TORONTO — The International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) (“IIGHRS-Zoryan”) was invited to a public gathering in Winnipeg by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (“CMHR”) in April 2003, after an initial meeting with Gail Asper in Toronto. As a Canadian institution, we lent our name publicly in support of the CMHR at an early stage. Read more

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French Senate to Speed Up Vote on Armenian Genocide Bill

 


Aznavour and Other Intellectuals Call for Passage of the Bill

PARIS — French media reports say France’s upper house of parliament will vote this month on a bill to criminalize the denial of an Armenian Genocide, at the risk of incurring further sanctions from Turkey. Read more

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S.D.Hunchakian Party Central Committee New Year’s Message

 

As 2011 becomes history, the world welcomes the New Year with new hopes and expectations along with the wish that the upcoming year will create better conditions for peaceful coexistence between nations and its peoples for a brighter future. Read more

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Why it is Important to Say ‘We All are Armenians’

 


By Alin Ozinian*

Being an Armenian in Turkey is tough. The act of “being invisible” turns into a habit which becomes instinctual, instead of being a response to circumstances in which being an Armenian may cause a problem. Read more

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Taner Akcam: Let Hrant be Our Martin Luther King


ISTANBUL — “Hrant Dink was murdered in order to avenge Talat Pasha’s murder,” Turkish historian and sociologist, Prof. Taner Akcam wrote in an article published in the Taraf newspaper.
“Everything, and I mean everything, was organized in a way to seek revenge for the assassination that occurred in 1921. Upon his release after serving time in prison for his role in the McDonalds bombing of 2004 in Trabzon, Yasin Hayal, the person who planned Hrant’s murder, spoke about Talat Pasha with his father. He asked his father, “Dad, do you know how Talat Pasha was killed?” Yasin Hayal himself knew a thing or two about it, and added, “Did you know that the man who killed Talat Pasha was never punished, and that he was released?”
“They killed him in front of Agos, on the street, in broad daylight, with a bullet to the back of his head. Why? Because through Hrant, they wanted to take Talat Pasha’s revenge from the Armenians. Talat Pasha was murdered by Soghoman Tehlirian, a survivor of the genocide, in Berlin on March 15, 1921. Tehlirian approached Talat Pasha from behind and shot him in the head. On June 3, after a two-day trial, the assassin was found not guilty of murder,” Akcam wrote.
“Let Hrant Dink be our symbol. Let him be our Martin Luther King. If they want to lock arms around Rauf Denktas and Talat Pasha, then let us form a tight circle around Hrant. Let Hrant and “1.5 million +1” be the thing that separates our republic from their republic,”the Professor concluded.

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ACA AND GYO PARTAKE IN CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONVENTION

 

ACA Board Member Chris K. Garsevanian with Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom

SAN DIEGO, CA – A delegation of members from the Armenian Council of America (ACA) and Gaidz Youth Organization (GYO) took part in the California Democratic Party Convention held at the San Diego Hilton Bay Front Hotel and San Diego Convention Center, Feb. 10 – 12. Read more

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Algerian Prime Minister Tells Turkey to Stop Citing French Colonization

ALGERIA — Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia urged Turkey on Saturday to stop trying to make political capital out of France’s killing of thousands of Algerians during the colonial period.

He made the call as Turkey continued to assail Paris ahead of a French Senate vote on the Armenian Genocide bill.

Turkey has accused France of hypocrisy for its own hand in killings committed in its former colony, Algeria, in 1945 and during the north African nation’s struggle for independence between 1954 and 1962.

“An estimated 15 percent of the Algerian population was massacred by the French from 1945 onwards,” Erdogan has said. “This is a genocide.”
Ouyahia said every country has the right to defend its interests, but “nobody has the right to make the blood of Algerians their business.”

French forces cracked down on a protest in the east Algerian city of Setif on May 8, 1945, to call for an end to French colonial rule, leaving 45,000 people dead, according to Algerian historians.

Western researchers put the death toll at between 8,000 and 18,000.

Ouyahia noted that Turkey had been a member of NATO during the war in Algeria and as such had provided material support to France.

“We say to our (Turkish) friends: Stop making capital out of Algeria’s colonisation,” Ouyahia said at a press conference.

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French Senate to Debate Armenia Genocide Bill on January 23

Turkish Ambassador Returns to Paris

PARIS — The French Senate on Tuesday said it will debate a bill to outlaw denial of the Armenian genocide on January 23, despite a furious diplomatic spat with Turkey.

The French lower house approved the law last month, threatening anyone who denies that the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turk forces amounted to genocide with jail, drawing a threat of sanctions from Turkey.

Ankara froze political and military ties with France when the bill was passed by the National Assembly, and has threatened further measures if it continues through the Senate or is approved by President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The is backed by a cross-party majority of lawmakers but has not won universal support in the government, where some ministers fear it will hurt diplomatic and trade ties with a NATO ally and major economic partner.


Turkish Ambassador Returns

The Turkish ambassador to France, Tahsin Burcuoglu, reportedly returned to Paris at the weekend more than two weeks after being recalled to Ankara in protest against the French bill.

“The ambassador has finished the consultations for which he was recalled and returned to France on Saturday,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal told the AFP news agency on Sunday.

“Hurriyet Daily News” reported last week that Burcuoglu will be sent back to Paris to “coordinate” Turkish efforts to prevent the genocide bill’s passage by the French Senate.

Burcuoglu said Turkey’s goal is to provide freezing of the proposal in a short term period adding that it is “senseless, useless and extremely dangerous,” TRT Russia reported.

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French Senate Committee Opposes Armenian Genocide Bill

A French Senate committee on Wednesday rejected a bill to outlaw denial of the Armenian genocide, ahead of a final vote on Monday.

The Commission on Laws in the French Senate approved a motion on Wednesday rejecting the bill as inadmissible by 23 votes for, nine against and eight abstentions. The panel vote, while a nonbinding recommendation, was the first legislative setback for the bill. In a statement, the commission said “There was a genocide, and the commission wants to express its infinite respect for the Armenian people, and the terrible experiences that they have endured.”

A plenary Senate session on Monday will now vote on the committee’s motion, but most senators opposed to the bill are expected to abstain, allowing the Senate to take a final vote on the bill itself.

Following the vote Massis Post ask Mr. Kevork Satchlian, Chairman of the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party’s Armenian Council of Europe the consequences of the vote. Mr. Satchlian stated that there are two scenarios that may transpire when the Senate debates the bill Monday, Senators could look past the panel vote and pass the bill, putting it on a fast track to becoming law, or they could reject the bill, handing it off to a commission from both houses to iron out differences. The second option would greatly slow the legislative process. A freeze on all but the most critical legislation goes into effect in early March ahead of spring presidential and legislative elections.

France recognized the Genocide of 1.5 million Armenian’s by Ottoman Turks in 2001, but the new bill would go further, punishing anyone who denies this with a year in jail and a fine of 45,000 euros ($57,000).

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Thousands Protest Dink Murder on 5th Anniversary


ISTANBUL — Thousands have marched in Turkey to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist and Agos newspaper editor Hrant Dink. Angering Turkish nationalists with his outspoken position that the 1915 massacre and deportation of as many as 1.5 million ethnic Armenians as the Ottoman Empire collapsed constituted genocide, Dink was shot dead outside his office in Istanbul on 19 January 2007.
Chanting “Murderer state will account for this” and “Shoulder to shoulder against fascism,” an estimated 20,000 people marched from the city’s central Taksim square to the offices of “Agos” newspaper. They left red carnations and lit candles there.
The crowd was led by activists carrying a large banner that read, in Turkish and Armenian, “We are all Hrant Dink, we are all Armenians.”
Dink, who championed Turkish-Armenian reconciliation, was shot dead in broad daylight as he left the “Agos” offices on January 19, 2007. His self-confessed murderer, Ogun Samast, was arrested several days later and sentenced to 23 years in prison last July.
Earlier this week, an Istanbul court convicted another Turkish ultranationalist of instigating the murder. The man, Yasin Hayal, was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Nineteen other defendants were acquitted of a charge of being part of a terrorist group. The court ruled that there was no wider plot to kill Dink, who had angered nationalists by referring to the 1915 Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
Dink’s family and its lawyers are not satisfied with the verdict, saying that the Turkish authorities have failed to investigate the collusion and negligence of state officials in the murder. The “Agos” editor’s widow Rakel and children also took part in Thursday’s demonstration.
“They surrounded us with lies. It has been like this for five years and they finally gave us two people and asked us to be content with them,” journalist Karin Karakasli told the crowd, according to the AFP news agency.

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