This year, for the first time, a series of events, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Assyrian Genocide that had been organised in the Ottoman Empire, took place from August 7 to 11, through the initiative of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
A commemoration ceremony was held at the Assyrian Genocide Monument in Yerevan in memory of the innocent victims of the Assyrian Genocide on August 7. Members of the Assyrian community of Armenia were present, as were Suren Manukyan, head of the AGMI V. Dadrian Department of Comparative Genocide Studies and others.
On August 10, a teleconference on the theme “Assyrian Genocide: History, Chronology and Legacy” took place in the AGMI conference hall. The speaker was Professor Hannibal Travis of the College of Law, Florida International University. In his speech, Hannibal Travis referred to the massacres of Assyrians carried out by Turks and Kurds not only within the territory of the Ottoman Empire, but also outside its borders, namely in Urmia and Salmast during the First World War. He noted that the Assyrians, like the Armenians, were also massacred during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II.
The presentation of the book “The Assyrian Genocide: Reports from the US Press (1894-1923)” compiled by Ara Ketibyan took place in the AGMI conference hall on August 11.
This volume is a collection of news stories and articles from various American newspapers from 1894 to 1923 relating to the persecution of the Assyrian people. It documents the massacres of the Assyrians in the Ottoman Empire.
This collection also provides a documentary basis for countering the denial policy of Turkey. Mr. Ketibyan presented two copies of his book to the AGMI library, where those who are interested in the topic may become acquainted with it.
This event concluded the week dedicated to the memory of the Assyrian Genocide.