Fabian Salvioli, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, visited the Armenian Genocide memorial complex on November 22, 2023.
Edita Gzoyan, acting director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, welcomed the guests, then accompanied them to the Genocide Memorial complex, presenting the history of its creation. She also narrated the history of the three khachkars placed in Tsitsernakaberd in memory of the Armenians who died in the massacres organised by the government of Azerbaijan in the cities of Sumgait, Kirovabad (Gandzak), and Baku at the end of the 20th century, as well as the stories of the five freedom fighters buried in front of the Memory Wall who died during the Artsakh struggle for survival. She emphasised the connection between the Armenian Genocide and contemporary acts of persecution and violence against Armenians and also referred to the historical and legal aspects of the Artsakh issue, describing Azerbaijan's anti-Armenian actions and propaganda.
The guests laid flowers at the Eternal Fire and observed a minute’s silence in memory of the innocent martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. Mrs Gzoyan accompanied them to the Memory Wall, which contains, in special niches on its reverse side, small containers of soil taken from the graves of several 19th and 20th-century foreign public figures, politicians, intellectuals and missionaries who raised voices of protest against the massacres and deportations of Armenians carried out by the Turkish government.
Elen Hakobyan, AGMI tour guide, led the guests through permanent and temporary exhibitions at the Armenian Genocide Museum. Mr Fabian Salvioli left a note in the Memory Book for Honoured Guests. AGMI Acting Director Edita Gzoyan expressed gratitude for their visit and presented the guest with presented books about the Armenian Genocide.