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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/

Adrienne Alexanian to Speak on “Forced into Genocide: Memoirs of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Turkish Empire”

FRESNO — Adrienne Alexanian will present a lecture entitled “ Forced into Genocide: Memoirs of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Turkish Empire” at 7:30PM on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191 on the Fresno State campus. “Forced into Genocide” is a memoir written by her father, Yervant Alexanian, and edited by Adrienne Alexanian. It features an introduction by Dr. Sergio La Porta, Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies at Fresno State and a foreword by Dr. Israel Charny.

This presentation is sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program and the College of Arts Humanities at Fresno State, and co-sponsored by the AGBU and NAASR. It is part of the Armenian Studies Program Fall Lecture Series and is supported by the Leon S. Peters Foundation.

Forced into Genocide is the riveting memoir of Yervant Edward Alexanian, an eye-witness to the massacres and dislocation of his family and countrymen in Ottoman Turkey during World War I. His memoir is a one-of-a-kind “insider’s account” documenting the Genocide’s astonishing cruelty-but also its rare, unexpected acts of humanity.

This edition, translated from Alexanian’s hand-written Armenian language chronicle, includes never before seen documents and photos that the author preserved.

Adrienne Alexanian graduated on the Dean’s List from Hunter College with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in political science and minoring in education. She received a Master’s Degree in Education from Hunter College.

Alexanian has been active in the Armenian community as an NGO Representative at the United Nations for both the Armenian Diocese and the AGBU for 8 years. In that capacity she initiated, organized and moderated forums on the Nagorno-Karabakh War, the blockade of Armenia, Landmine Eradication, and the Armenian Genocide among others.

Alexanian has coordinated earthquake relief for the Armenian Diocese and chaired numerous fund raisers and major events. In 2010 she received the Ellis Island Award for her decades of volunteer work and philanthropy for the Armenian community.

Copies of “Forced into Genocide” will be on sale at the lecture.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Free parking, using a parking code, is available in Lots P6 and P5 near the University Business Center, Fresno State. The parking code can be obtained by contacting the Armenian Studies Program.

For more information about the lecture please contact the Armenian Studies Program at 278-2669, or visit our website at www.fresnostate.edu/armenianstudies or follow us on Facebook @ArmenianStudiesFresnoState or on Twitter @armstudiesfs.

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/10/adrienne-alexanian-speak-forced-genocide-memoirs-armenian-soldier-ottoman-turkish-empire/

Joe Berlinger’s Armenian Genocide Film ‘Intent To Destroy’ Wins Best Documentary Award at 2017 DOC LA

LOS ANGELES (deadline.com) — Joe Berlinger’s documentary about the Armenian genocide Intent to Destroy won the top Best Documentary Film Award at 2017 DOC LA. 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 US ambassador John Marshall Evans.

DOC LA also gave out a number of other awards as well. Another standout film was Sebastien Paquet’s Mind Over Matter whicc won Best Screenwriting, Best Cinematography and took home the Audience Award. The documentary is about a man born with Cerebral Palsy who overcame his disability through sheer will to form a successful rock band. The film produced by Nate Adams was received with standing ovations.

The documentary VIF about Christian Audigier (whom Michael Jackson called “the King of Fashion”) won Best Director and Best Producer Awards for Didier Beringuer and Fabrice Sopoglian, respectively. It tells of Audigier’s phenomenal rise to fame and his tragic death from rare form of cancer, and includes intimate recollections from his friends including Snoop Dogg, Michael Madsen, Stephen Dorff, as well as features Sylvester Stallone, Kim Kardashian, Damond John, Don Cheadle and Ed Hardy.

Marion Cotillard’s environmental documentary The Girl and the Typhoons received the Best Environmental Film Award and the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award (whose past recipients include Martin Scorsese and Emma Thompson). The film documents the attempts of a young survivor to raise awareness about the aftermath of the typhoon disasters in her native Philippines.

Narrated by Cotillard and directed by Christoph Schwaiger, the documentary had it’s Los Angeles premiere at DOC LA.

Thee Alfred Molina-narrated Erdogan: The Dictator’s Republic by Ryan Joe Heilman had its world premiere at the festival, and received DOC LA Freedom Award and DOC LA Storyteller Award. The documentary by Inga Bremer was recognized with DOC LA Founder’s Award. Virginie Ledoyen was recognized for her role in David Koch’s “Witnesses” which is about the current conflict in dictator Bashar al-Assad’s Syria.

Michael Weatherly’s Telluride doc Jamaica Man about Nigel Pemberton won for Best Documentary Portrait, and Craig Detweiler’s Remand narrated by Angela Bassett, about LA lawyer Jim Gash and Tumusiime Henry, who inspired justice reform in Uganda, received DOC LA Justice Award and DOC LA Icon Award.

Ladies First by Uraaz Bahl, an inspirational survival story of Deepika Kumari, who was born on the roadside to abject poverty and at 16 become the number one archer in the world, won Best Short Documentary Award.

Grab and Run by Roser Corella about bride abduction epidemic in Kazakhstan received the Best International Documentary Award. He She I by Carlotta Kittel, the first feature length student film ever at DOC LA won the Best Student Film – Gold, while Sisterly by Nina Vallado, about finding deeper connection and friendship with her autistic sister, and Melissa Ferrari’s experimental animation Phototaxis, won Silver and Bronze, respectively.

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/10/joe-berlingers-armenian-genocide-film-intent-destroy-wins-best-documentary-award-2017-doc-la/

Armenian Council of Europe Supports Toranian and Tilbian

In a statement this week, the Armenian Council of Europe asserted its full support of Mr. Ara Toranian and Mr. Sam Tilbian in the defamation lawsuit brought against them by Maxime Gauin.

Gauin, an individual who not only denies the Armenian Genocide, but utilizes smear tactics in his rancorous blog pieces, usually posted by third-rate propaganda websites, is a constant provocateur with regard to the Armenian Genocide.

The ACE statement pointedly asks; Who is Maxime Gauin? Who finances Maxime Gauin? How is Maxime Gauin financially able to pursue this law suit?

The ACE statement continues to reassert its belief that within France, and unlike Turkey, those who adhere to the truth such Toranian (a journalist) and Talbian, should not be faced with such accusations within a courtroom. The courtroom should only be reserved for denialists.

Unfortunately, the ACE statement concludes, the Turkish state has been able to work behind the scenes in France to prevent on several occasions the adoption of a law penalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide.

ACE asks all those in support of Mr. Ara Toranian and Mr. Sam Tilbian to rally prior to the trials beginning at 1:30 p.m. The defamation trial is set to begin on October 17, 2017, at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris, 4 Boulevard du Palais.

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/10/armenian-council-europe-supports-toranian-tilbian/

New Documentary on Paramaz “RED” Premiered in Istanbul

Red, a documentary, directed by Mr. Kadir Akin, about the life, views and struggles of Matteos “Paramaz” Sarkissian, a leader of the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party, who was executed in 1915 along with his 19 Hunchakian comrades at Beyazıt Square, premiered in Istanbul on October 12, 2017.

The documentary, based on the book written by Mr. Akin “Armenian Revolutionary Paramaz – Armenian Socialists and Genocide from Abdulhamid to Ittihat Terakki” examined Paramaz’s statements, ideas, and actions, along with the Armenian Question in the Ottoman Empire and the subsequent Armenians Genocide.

Among those attending the premier were; Mr. Garo Paylan member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mr. Alex Keushkerian, member of the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party Central Committee, representatives of Turkey’s; Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Republican People’s Party (CHP), Socialist Party of Refoundation (SYKP) and Party of Labour (EMEP), representatives of various institution, intellectuals and writers, as well as large number of Turkish citizens of Armenian descent.

After thanking the audience, Mr. Akin stated the documentary will be entered into international film festivals and be shown at special screenings throughout Turkey and the world.

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/10/new-documentary-paramaz-red-premiered-istanbul/

Turkish Policy of Violence Lies at the Root of Armenian Genocide Denial – Dogan Akhanli

BRUSSELS (Armradio) — Turkish regime’s policy of violence as a means of rule lies at the root of its denial of Armenian Genocide, says dissident writer Dogan Akhanli said in an interview with the EU Observer.

He is currently stuck in Madrid after Spanish police arrested him while he was on holiday on the basis of a Turkish Interpol request.

Turkey’s attempt to silence dissident writer Dogan Akhanli has backfired by giving him a bigger platform.

Akhnali was born in Turkey but fled to Germany in 1991 after being persecuted for his views on the Armenian Genocide and on Turkey’s repression of its Kurdish minority.

He also spent four months in a Turkish jail in 2010 after visiting the country.

“Turkish power cannot forgive me because I questioned the basic problems of Turkey,” he told the EU Observer.

The writer said his novels had not made him a celebrity. “I’m not a best-seller,” he said.

But he said that “Turkish persecution makes me more known year by year and makes my words bigger. It is actually a very stupid policy”.

He said Turkey’s latest attempt to deprive him of his freedom had inspired him to write a new book.

“I’m trying to write a report about my political-literary journey into the Turkish past, which is also my own past,” he told this website from Spain.

“I will take a very subjective view of my unfinished persecution, but I will also reflect on how to deal with the history of violence in German, Spanish, and Turkish society,” he said.

Akhanli said the Turkish regime had embraced violence as a means of rule. He said this lay at the root of its denial of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 and of its killings of Kurdish separatists. He also said the regime’s nationalist ideology created a dangerous environment.

He recalled that Turkish generals “publicly threatened” Hrant Dink, a dissident journalist, in 2007 prior to Dink’s murder by a nationalist fanatic.

“Under the Erdogan government, the history of violence is not just a story. It is not passive. It is killing people before our very eyes,” he said, referring to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Akhanli said the EU ought to do more to promote democracy in Turkey.

“He [Erdogan] cannot continue to rule Turkey in the long term with only the support of the rural population. EU countries should side with the secular, democratic forces, not with the despot,” Akhanli said.

Article source: http://massispost.com/2017/10/turkish-policy-violence-lies-root-armenian-genocide-denial-dogan-akhanli/

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