The Pan-Armenian Declaration on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was promulgated at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex
Following the session of the State Commission on Coordination of the events for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, President Serzh Sargsyan, in company with the commission members and the participants of the enlarged session, today visited the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex, laid a wreath at the Memorial to the Victims of the Mets Eghern and paid tribute to the memories of the innocent victims. Later on, the members of the state commission familiarized with the preparatory works of the new exhibition to be held at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
At the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex there also took place the promulgation ceremony of the Pan-Armenian Declaration on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The declaration was adopted unanimously at today's session of the State Commission on Coordination of the events for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. President Serzh Sargsyan read the document and pursuant to the resolution of the the State Commission on Coordination of the events for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, deposited the original copy of the declaration with the Armenian-Genocide Museum-Institute. The Armenian President noted that one of copy of the declaration will be sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and one will be deposited in the National Archives of the Republic of Armenia.
Presentation of scientific publications at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute
On January 22, at 12:00, in the conference hall of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute the presentation of two periodicals published by AGMI _ “Journal of Genocide Studies” (in Armenian) and the first issue of the English-language “International Journal of Armenian Genocide Studies” will take place.
The academic periodical “Journal of Genocide Studies” includes topics related to the history and historiography of the Armenian Genocide, as well as full and comprehensive research on the problems and the aspects related to the topic.
The Memoirs of Sargis Torossian “From Dardanelles to Palestine” is selected to be “The Book of the Month”
Towards the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute is launching “The book of the month” project.
The books will be selected very carefully: they must be the memoirs of the Armenian Genocide survivors, research papers and other publications of great importance. The aim of this project is to introduce the readers with rare and still unknown works related to the topic in order to make them aware of the subject and provide an in-depth knowledge about the Armenian Genocide.
The memoirs of Sargis Torossian “From Dardanelle to Palestine”, which is published in Armenian and Russian by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, is the book of the January.
President Serzh Sargsyan responds to Turkish President’s invitation letter
In response to Turkish President Recep Erdoğan’s invitation to take part in the events commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli to be held on the 24th of April this year President Serzh Sargsyan has sent a letter that reads as follows:
“Honorable Mr. President,
I have received your invitation to participate in the commemoration ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli.
Genocide Denial as a Form of Racism: Approaches in International Law
Genocide is not a single act but a continuing process. The International Association of Genocide Scholars identified 8 stages of Genocide: denial is the eighth stage of the Genocidal policy.
A great number of scholars argue that the deliberate denial of a known genocide is a harmful act that should be put on the same footing as indirect and direct contributions to the actual genocide. National and international court decisions also clearly demonstrate that genocide denial and minimization or distortion of its facts is a form of racism. A number of international legal instruments also explicitly or implicitly prohibit Genocide denial.
Thus, the Armenian Genocide, as a clear implication of racism, is punishable under Public International Law.
Hayk Demoyan: "We should get rid of the complex. Armenian Genocide centennial not the end."
Mr. Demoyan, large-scale events are expected to mark the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Many people inquire about what is going to follow April 24.
Of course, we can observe such sentiments, but we have repeatedly noted that this year should not be viewed as the limit. I can tell you about events we are planning for 2016. Turks are actually expecting that as well. In his latest statement Etyen Mahçupyan (Senior Advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister) said that the opening of the Armenian-Turkish border and other issues will be discussed after situation has calmed down in 2015. That is, they are waiting a wave to come and go and they will take steps. We should get rid of the complex that something will take place in 2015. Our mood should not be that the centennial is the end. One more problem is that the Armenian Genocide is a common topic, but talks have to be followed by deeds, serious work needs to be done, which is expected to produce results. And we are now marking the centennial of the Armenian Genocide with only one museum, whereas we should have had at least five or six museums in big centers of the world. Such museums are not cultural centers. Rather, they are instruments for us to provide on-site educational information. But we are speaking of one-day marches, demonstrations and so on. As far as I know around US $1m is needed to organize a march, convention or lecture in New York. We need to specify what we are working for, what we are directing funds to and what the results are.
AGMI has published the Russian translation of “From Dardanelles to Palestine” by Sarkis Torosian
The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute has published in Russian the memories of Sarkis Torosian, an Armenian officer of the Ottoman Army.
The memories narrate the odyssey of the Armenian officer in the Ottoman Army who passed across the horrors of WWI. Unexpected changes of events and figures, and presenting the history of Armenian Genocide from totally unexplored point makes the narration of Sarkis Torosian more interesting and exciting, which leaves an indelible impression on readers.
The story of Sarkis Torosian is not just memories, but unique monument and living testimony of the Armenian Genocide.
AGMI gave the start to its project “The Star of the Near East Relief”
Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI) has launched the project “The Star of the Near East Relief”. The project is dedicated to the mission and legacy of the world largest relief campaign of the United States of America during and after the WWI, which is unfortunately ignored and forgotten nowadays in the American memory and current politics. It is noteworthy that the legacy of the Near East Relief became a role model for subsequent world-wide relief operations.
Director of the AGMI Dr. Hayk Demoyan says in this regard: “We proudly can say that the collection of the Armenian genocide museum comprises hundreds of unique and rare original photos, documents, memorabilia and other items related to the history of the American Near East Relief.
Press-Releases and Book Presentation at AGMI
Today, at 12:00 pm the annual press conference of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute took place in the conference hall of AGMI.
During the press conference Hayk Demoyan, Director of AGMI and the Secretary of State Commission on coordination of the events dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide represented the current preparatory works of the new exhibition, as well as the events which will be organized by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in 1915.
After the press conference the presentation of the book “Turkey's Foreign Policy and the Conflict of Nagorno Karabakh” authered Hayk Demoyan, took place.