CAR sets up anti-genocide committee

The government of the Central African Republic on Thursday launched a national committee for the prevention and punishment of crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and all forms of discrimination, an initiative aimed at helping the beleaguered nation to turn the page from its recent turmoil. The structure will among others, contribute to the strengthening of national reconciliation, but also to identify early warnings of communal violence… Source: CAR sets up anti-genocide committee | Africanews Read More »

Genocide and Democracy in Burma

Azeem Ibrahim and Richard Cockett plot Myanmar’s uncertain trajectory. SOUTHEAST ASIA is a miracle of modernization. In the course of a few generations, the region has experienced startling change… Source: Genocide and Democracy in Burma | The National Interest Read More »

Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Actor George Clooney presented a $1.1 million award on the 101st anniversary of a massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks to a Burundi woman who offered sanctuary to thousands of orphans in the middle of a civil war there. The killing of more than 200 Armenian intellectuals on April 24, 1915 is regarded as the… Source: Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre Read More »

Genocide statue for Preston’s Ray Bramham Gardens is dividing the community

A decision to install monument honouring the victims of genocide in a Melbourne park has angered a host of ethnic groups – even prompting the Turkish Consulate General to demand that the project be scrapped… Source: Genocide statue for Preston’s Ray Bramham Gardens is dividing the community Read More »

It’s time that the US faced up to the ‘G word’ and finally recognised the Armenian genocide

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All week, the G-word has been rattling around the foreign ministries of the world. Ever since John Kerry – he of Israeli-Palestinian peace “in six months” fame – announced that Isis was committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims, we’ve been trying to work out just what he’s talking about. Even the poor old Canadians and their super-liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau, have since been refusing to recognise the Isis atrocities as “genocide” – the attempt to exterminate an entire race ... Read More »

Turkey Boosts Efforts to Further Deny Armenian Genocide

ANKARA – Turkish Historical Society (TTK) is compiling data, articles and “other works” to further deny the Armenian Genocide, reports citing Turkish Daily Sabah daily. TTK started compiling all articles on the issue written in Turkey and throughout the world to publish books on the genocide. The organization plans to send the books to libraries across the country as well as international… Source: Turkey Boosts Efforts to Further Deny Armenian Genocide – Armenian News By MassisPost Read More »

Museum of Lost Objects: The Armenian church in Deir al-Zour

Twenty-five years ago a new church was consecrated in the town of Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria, dedicated to the Armenians killed en masse in 1915. Ironically the building erected in memory of the victims of violence has now been destroyed by bombs. In the basement of the Armenian Martyrs’ Memorial Church in Deir al-Zour lay a shrine – a… Source: Museum of Lost Objects: The Armenian church in Deir al-Zour – BBC News Read More »

Open Wounds: Armenians, Turks, and a Century of Genocide | Foreign Affairs

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Cheterian’s book offers one of the most complete tellings of the story of the decimation of 1.5 million Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915—and the story of the political struggle over the massacre in the century since it occurred. Source: Open Wounds: Armenians, Turks, and a Century of Genocide | Foreign Affairs Read More »

Turkey Was First Country to Recognize the Armenian Genocide…in 1918

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The Armenian Genocide is rarely discussed in the Turkish Parliament; even rarer are statements calling for its recognition. The Armenian Weekly – By Harut Sassounian * On Jan. 14, two of the three recently elected Armenian members of the Turkish Parliament boldly dared to raise the issue of the Armenian Genocide in their parliamentary remarks. Selina Dogan, representing the opposition Kemalist Republican People’s Party (CHP), made the following statement in parliament: “Since this issue concerns not only Armenians but also Turkey, ... Read More »

Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for 1971 war crimes

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Bangladesh executed two opposition leaders on Nov. 22 for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan, a senior police official said, in a move likely to draw an angry reaction from supporters. Hurriyet DHAKA  – ReutersIslamist opposition leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a former legislator from former premier Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), were hanged shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals late on Nov. 21 for clemency. “Both ... Read More »

Cork hosts photographic exhibition commemorating Armenian genocide

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Exhibition put together by Armenian community in Ireland The Irish Times – Barry Roche It was described by US President Theodore Roosevelt as “the greatest crime of the war” and now the Armenian genocide which began in 1915 has been commemorated with a special exhibition of photographs at Cork City Library. “The Iconic Images of the Armenian Genocide” – officially opened by Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Chris O’Leary – features a series of old photographs which depict the genocide ... Read More »

The Armenian Genocide and Beyond: The Road to Deir al-Zor

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The Armenian genocide consisted of far more than the bloodletting of 1915-1916. The National Interest – Benny Morris Eugene Rogan, The Fall of the Ottomans: the Great War in the Middle East (New York: Basic Books, 2015), 442 pp., $32.00. Ronald Grigor Suny, “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else”: a History of the Armenian Genocide (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015), 520 pp., $35.00. Thomas de Waal, Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide ... Read More »

Is Germany showing too much deference toward Turkey over Armenia?

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Was the massacre of Armenians 100 years ago genocide? The German parliament is hesitant to say it was. Is this because they don’t want to anger Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan? Deutsche Welle – Author: Jens Thurau / js That would be really be a serious case of political pragmatism: according to advance reports from this Saturday’s edition of the Hamburg-based news magazine, “Der Spiegel” (17/10/2015), the German government is going out of its way to win over Turkey. The ... Read More »

Euro court rules in favor of Turkish politician in ‘Armenian genocide denial’ case

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg ruled on Oct. 15 that Switzerland violated Turkish politician Doğu Perinçek’s right to freedom of speech. Hurriyet – STRASBOURG The case concerned a fine imposed on Perinçek for a speech he gave in the country in which he denied that the mass deportation of Armenians in Anatolia in 1915 amounted to genocide. In its ruling, the 17-judge ECHR Grand Chamber “concluded that it had not been necessary, in a democratic society, ... Read More »

What South Africa leaving the International Criminal Court would mean

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The call by South Africa’s governing party to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has implications for the rest of the continent. But it is not going to happen any time soon. By Milton Nkosi, BBC News, Johannesburg When South Africa joined the ICC in 1998 the country had just emerged from the scourge of apartheid. South Africans were fresh victims of gross human rights violations and had hoped that the rest of the world would join the ICC. ... Read More »

From Armenian Genocide To Kurdish Rebels, Turkey Is A Nation In Denial

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Turkish political leaders and ordinary citizens are blind as ever to why Kurds continue to fight for freedom. It recalls another open chapter in the nation’s troubled history. Umit Kivanc (2015-09-10) Worldcrunch -OpEd- ISTANBUL — One of the most distinguishable qualities of Turkey’s Sunni Muslim majority is their penchant for jumping. Jumping one step forward from where they’re supposed to be, jumping one paragraph below the one they should actually read, jumping just clear of the matter they should consider ... Read More »