- 16:03 | Armenia Hayrikyan prepared to start hunger strike
Leader of National Self-Determination Union Paruyr Hayrikyan plans to start a hunger strike on September 8 demanding that the “Armenian authorities get sober, assess the situation correctly and take correct steps to come out of the current situation.”
- 13:38 | Armenia Three soldiers still in hospital after being wounded in Azerbaijani commando raids
“Their condition has stabilized, but they need a long treatment; their life is out of danger,” said Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan.
- 12:11 | Armenia Armenian PM unable to decide whom to choose as spokesman
Sources claim this time head of the Public Relations Department of National Assembly Gohar Poghosyan got the nod.
- 11:19 | Armenia Signature campaign in support of Vardan Petrosyan
Organizers plan to expand the campaign to Armenian provinces, beginning with the city of Gyumri.
- 09:58 | In the world Venezuelan government steps down amid reshuffle
Venezuelan government resigned on Monday to allow the nation’s President Nicolas Maduro to reshuffle the cabinet.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:53 | In the world Poroshenko, Merkel discuss further steps to defuse tensions in east Ukraine
On Monday, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said the German chancellor was due in Ukraine on Saturday, ahead of the Independence Day on August 24.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:47 | In the world India calls off Pakistan talks over separatist meetings
Kashmiri separatist leaders on Monday slammed New Delhi's decision to call off talks with Pakistan, scheduled for August 25 in Islamabad.
- 09:42 | In the world Jackie Chan's son Jaycee in drug arrest
Jaycee Chan, 31, and Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, 23, were detained last Thursday, Beijing police said in a statement on their official microblog.
- 09:32 | In the world Gaza conflict: ceasefire 'extended by a day’
The Gaza ceasefire has been extended for a further 24 hours after talks in Cairo, according to Palestinian and Israeli officials.
- 09:32 | In the world Ferguson unrest: White House steps up involvement
Eric Holder will go to the town on Wednesday to meet officials in charge of a federal investigation into the killing of Michael Brown on 9 August.
- 17:18 | Armenia Temperatures to rise by 1-2 degrees
Precipitation is not expected in Armenia on August 18-21; there will be southwest winds of 5-10 meters per second.
Source: Hydrometeorology and Monitoring State Service
- 14:16 | Armenia Heffern: If sanctions harm Armenia, you can complain to Moscow
“The sanctions are aimed against Russia, not Armenia, but they can affect Armenia’s economy,” said the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia.
- 12:02 | Armenia Seyran Ohanyan: We will do everything to restrain encroachments by enemy
Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan has hailed the performance of Armenian tankmen at the Tank Biathlon 2014 international competition.
- 09:58 | In the world Nepal flood toll hits 101, fears of disease rise
Jhanka Nath Dhakal of Nepal's National Emergency Operation Center said four helicopters with food, emergency supplies, medicine and medical workers were sent to villages in the west of the country.
- 09:49 | In the world Ebola facility in Liberia attacked; patients flee
Ebola patients fled during an attack at a health care facility in Monrovia, Liberia, on Saturday, according to Liberian National Police spokesman Sam Collins.
- 09:45 | In the world Strong earthquake hits Iran near border with Iraq
The 6.2-magnitude quake hit at a depth of around 10 kilometers (6 miles), in an area 36 kilometers southeast of the Iranian city of Abdanan.
- 09:41 | In the world Pope Francis urges inter-Korean reconciliation
"Let us pray for the emergence of new opportunities for dialogue, encounter and the resolution of differences," he said.
- 09:36 | In the world Obama: Air strikes on Iraq dam 'to protect US interests'
The failure of Mosul dam may put US staff and facilities, including the US embassy in Baghdad, at risk, Barack Obama warned Congress in a letter.
- 09:31 | In the world Overnight curfew resumes in tense St Louis suburb
Police have fired tear gas and issued warnings for crowds to disperse as a curfew starts for a second night in Ferguson in the US state of Missouri.
- 16:54 | Armenia Azerbaijan’s propaganda produced no results, expert says
“Azerbaijan’s propaganda presenting Armenia as a side that was a winner on the battlefield but on the whole lost the war does not produce any results,” political scientist Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan told reporters.
- 14:11 | Region 450 ceasefire violations reported on Aug. 10-16
Over 4,500 shots were fired at Karabakh frontline positions from guns of different calibers.
Source: NKR Defense Ministry
- 13:51 | In the world Blasts hit Armenian-populated district of Aleppo
Two homemade rockets were fired at the Armenian-populated district yesterday at noon.
Source: Gandzasar Weekly
- 12:48 | Armenia Dean of Economics University’s Finance Faculty suffers car crash
He was transported to Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center with a craniocerebral injury.
- 12:06 | Armenia Tigran Sargsyan cannot ‘bid farewell’ to Armenia
Tigran Sargsyan is living an active life in Armenia, attending weddings and birthday parties.
- 09:49 | In the world Police: Chemicals in tea due to earlier mix-up
On Sunday, a worker took large quantities of the substance thought to be sugar and poured it into the iced-tea dispenser.
- 09:40 | In the world Putin, Merkel discuss ways to de-escalate situation in Ukraine
Putin also informed Merkel of the ongoing cooperation between Russia and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on their efforts to provide humanitarian aid to the civilian population of eastern Ukraine.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:32 | In the world Boko Haram kidnaps at least 97, kills 28 in raid
Boko Haram gunmen also injured 25 others during the raid in which scores of homes were burned.
- 09:25 | In the world Brazil crash: Black box 'did not record Campos flight'
Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos and six others died when his private jet crashed in bad weather in the port city of Santos near Sao Paulo.
- 09:21 | In the world Pope Francis beatifies 124 South Korean Catholic martyrs
He paid tribute to the Koreans, who died for their faith in the 18th and 19th Centuries.
- 09:15 | In the world Yazidi villagers 'massacred' in Iraq
Islamic State (IS) fighters entered Kocho, 45km (30 miles) from Sinjar, on Friday afternoon, reportedly telling men to convert to Islam or die.
- 17:35 | Armenia Ohanyan: Tension has declined on border after Sochi meeting
“I think that our armed forces created conditions for Armenia’s position at the trilateral meeting to be obvious and well-grounded, and the situation became calmer after the meeting,” the official said.
- 16:00 | Armenia ASALA fighter: What was happening on border was political games by Azerbaijan
“Our authorities showed a good stance, so we did not fall into the trap they set, and our soldiers demonstrated their fighting efficiency,” Martiros Zhamkochyan told reporters.
- 14:37 | In the world Obama says Sinjar siege broken, some personnel to leave Iraq
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday the Islamist militant siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar had been broken and most U.S. military personnel sent to assess the situation would be pulled out of Iraq in coming days.
- 14:25 | Armenia Justice Minister: Armenian government attaches importance to cooperation with EU
“The Armenian government attaches importance to cooperation with its international partners, in particular with the European Union,” Armenian Justice Minister Hovhannes Manukyan said.
- 12:30 | Region Azerbaijan continues to violate ceasefire
Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire about 65 times on Karabakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact on August 14-15.
Source: NKR Defense Ministry
- 12:08 | Armenia Arthur Osikyan to head Criminal Executive Department of Justice Ministry
Despite assurances of Armenian Justice Minister Hovhannes Manukyan that head of Armenian Justice Ministry’s Criminal Executive Department Hayk Harutyunyan has not been dismissed, he does not go to work for quite a long time and his deputy Rafik Hovhannisyan is replacing him.
- 12:07 | Armenia Heritage members unhappy with Ruben Hakobyan
Members of Heritage Party are displeased with the fact that head of party faction Ruben Hakobyan made a trip to Karabakh together with Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan.
- 09:56 | In the world China Catholics cheer pope's South Korea visit
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- 09:48 | In the world Pakistani police: 10 killed in attack on air base
Police chief Muhammad Amlish says seven security personnel were also wounded late on Thursday when attackers stormed the air bases in Quetta.
- 09:46 | In the world Poroshenko, Biden discuss humanitarian situation in Ukraine
Earlier it was reported that humanitarian relief supplies from three Ukrainian cities will be sent to war-torn Luhansk on Thursday.
Source: RIA Novosti
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- 09:33 | In the world Ebola crisis vastly underestimated, says WHO
The WHO said the risk of transmission of Ebola during air travel remained low, as the disease is not airborne.
- 09:27 | In the world Iraq crisis: Maliki quits as PM to end deadlock
Haider al-Abadi, a deputy speaker of parliament, has been asked by Iraq's president to form a government.
- 18:11 | In the world Over 22,400 sign petition demanding UN to recognize Luhansk, Donetsk people’s republics
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Source: RIA Novosti
- 15:24 | Armenia Yevseev: Russia should actively assist Karabakh
“The recent escalation of tension in Karabakh was in the interests of the West, which seeks to weaken Russia against the backdrop of the events in Ukraine,” military expert Vladimir Yevseev told reporters.
- 14:17 | Armenia Gas turbine power plant to be constructed in Armenia
The construction of the gas turbine power plant will ensure security of Armenia’s energy system as well as will expand the country’s ability to export electricity, said Yervand Zakharyan.
- 12:16 | Armenia Armenian PM to visit ministries
During his tours, the PM will be accompanied by other government members.
- 09:58 | In the world Thai building collapse's death toll rises to 10
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- 09:57 | In the world WHO: Ebola cases near 2,000, with more than half dead
Ebola is believed to have infected 1,975 people in four West African countries since the outbreak began this year, and 1,069 of them have died.
- 09:52 | In the world Brazilian presidential candidate among those killed in plane crash
All seven people aboard the Cessna 560XL were killed when the aircraft crashed in the coastal city of Santos, Brazil, about 40 miles south of Sao Paulo.
- 09:47 | In the world Pope Francis visits South Korea in first Asia trip
Shortly before the Pope arrived, North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast.
- 09:41 | In the world Iraq crisis: US says Mount Sinjar evacuation unlikely
A Special Forces team flew to the mountain and found fewer people than expected, and those remaining were also in a better condition than feared, the Pentagon said.
- 09:36 | In the world Israel and Palestinians begin tense five-day Gaza truce
As the ceasefire was announced, Israel launched air strikes in response to alleged rocket fire from Gaza.
- 17:33 | In the world UK does not allow escalation of tension around Karabakh – Alaverdyan
Escalation of tension in the Karabakh conflict zone will affect economic interests of UK, Armenia’s first Ombudsperson Larisa Alaverdyan told reporters.
- 16:54 | Armenia 40-44% percent of tourists visiting Armenia are from Russia
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10:55 17/02/2014 » Society
Scholars call for reexamination of ECHR judgment on Genocide denial case
Concerned genocide scholars issued an open letter highlighting ”historical and conceptual inaccuracies” in the European Court’s decision on Dogu Perinçek v. Switzerland, and called on the government of Switzerland to request a reexamination of the Court’s judgment, The Armenian Weekly reports.
Below is the full text of the letter, released on Feb. 14.
An Open Letter to:
Madame la Conseillère fédérale
Cheffe du Département fédéral de justice et police (DFJP)
Palais fédéral ouest
After having read the European Court’s decision on Dogu Perinçek v. Switzerland (ECHR. 370, 230, 17 December, 2013) we, as concerned genocide scholars, believe it imperative to respond to historical and conceptual inaccuracies that are articulated in the decision, and we believe those inaccuracies have serious ethical and social significance.
We do not take issue with the notion of freedom of expression, something that scholars agree is most often an essential part of open, democratic society. We are, however, concerned about elements of the Court’s reasoning that are at odds with the facts about the historical record on the Armenian genocide of 1915 and at odds with an ethical understanding of denialism.
The decision asserts that: 1) “genocide as a precisely defined legal concept was not easy to prove”; 2) “the Court doubted that there could be a general consensus as to the events such as those at issue, given that the historical research was by definition open to discussion and a matter of debate, without necessarily giving rise to a final conclusion or to the assertion of objective and absolute truths”; the court uses the phrase “heated debate” in referring to the current political context surrounding the Armenian genocide.
First, it is the overwhelming conclusion of scholars who study genocide (hundreds of independent scholars, who have no affiliations with governments, and whose work spans many countries and nationalities and the course of decades) that the Ottoman mass killings of Armenians conforms to all the aspects of Article 2 of the U.N. CPPC definition of genocide.
In 1997, the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), the major body of scholars who study genocide, passed a resolution unanimously recognizing the Ottoman massacres of Armenians as genocide. The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) prepared an analysis for the Turkish Armenian Reconciliation Commission (TARC) in 2003, stating that “the Events [of 1915] include all of the elements of the crime of genocide as defined in the Convention (UNCPPCG).
In 2000, 100 leading Holocaust scholars signed a petition in The New York Times affirming the events of 1915 were genocide and urging worldwide recognition. An Open Letter from the IAGS to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, in June, 2005, enjoined the Turkish government to own up to “the unambiguous historical record on the Armenian genocide.” The only three histories of genocide in the 20th century that genocide-studies theorists (such as William Schabas) agree on are the cases of the Armenians in Turkey, in 1915; the Jews in Europe, in 1940–45; and the Tutsis in Rwanda, in 1994. The destruction of the Armenians was central to Raphael Lemkin’s creation of the concept of genocide as a crime in international law, and it was Lemkin who coined and first used the term Armenian Genocide in 1944.
The idea put forth by the Court that crimes of genocide may only apply to the events in Rwanda and at Srebrenica because they were tried at the ICC is incomplete. Crimes of genocide have been assessed as historical events by scholars for decades now, and both the crimes committed against the Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 and those committed against the Jews of Europe by the Nazis in the 1940s were deemed genocide by Lemkin. As legal scholars have noted, crimes of genocide can be tried retroactively, and William Schabas has pointed out that in the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem, in 1961, the word genocide was used retroactively to designate crimes committed against the Jews.
Further, under Article 10, “the Court clearly distinguished the present case from those concerning the negation of the crimes of the Holocaust. . . . because the acts that they had called into question had been found by an international court to be clearly established.” We would note that the perpetrators of the Holocaust were prosecuted at the Nuremberg Trials (1945–46), not for the crime of genocide, but for “crimes against humanity,” even though Raphael Lemkin had previously created the term “genocide.” The Armenian case, contrary to the Court’s assertion, does have a clear legal basis for its authenticity. First, “crimes against humanity” was the very phrase coined by France, the United Kingdom, and Russia in their 1915 joint declaration in response to the massacres of the Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish government. After WWI, the Ottoman government convened military tribunals (1919–20) to try 200 high-level members of the military and government for premeditated mass murder of the Armenian population. The ICTJ decision of 2006 also affirms such a legal basis.
The Court also decided, on the basis of Article 17 (prohibition of abuse of rights), that “The rejection of the legal characterization as ‘genocide’ of the 1915 events was not such as to incite hatred against the Armenian people.” Yet the ECtHR states (para 19) that “the negation of the Holocaust is today the principal motor of anti-Semitism.” We would note similarly that the denialism of the Armenian genocide in Turkey resulted in the assassination of Armenian Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, and has resulted in violence to others in Turkey.
In referring to the Armenian genocide as “an international lie,” Mr. Perençik reveals a level of extremism that belies all sense of judgment. We believe that the Court makes a misstep when it privileges Turkey’s denialism (a country with one of the worst records on intellectual freedom and human rights over the past decades) as a “heated debate.” As the IAGS has written in an Open Letter on denialism and the Armenian genocide (October, 2006), “scholars who deny the facts of genocide in the face of the overwhelming scholarly evidence are not engaging in historical debate, but have another agenda. In the case of the Armenian Genocide, the agenda is to absolve Turkey of responsibility for the planned extermination of the Armenians—an agenda consistent with every Turkish ruling party since the time of the Genocide in 1915. Scholars who dispute that what happened to the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 constitutes genocide blatantly ignore the overwhelming historical and scholarly evidence.”
As noted genocide scholar Deborah Lipstadt has written: “Denial of genocide whether that of the Turks against the Armenians, or the Nazis against the Jews is not an act of historical reinterpretation . . . . The deniers aim at convincing innocent third parties that there is another side of the story . . . when there is no other side.” We believe that the Court’s decision and reasoning contributes to denialism and this has a corrosive impact on efforts for truth and reconciliation, and ethics.
We believe it important that the government of Switzerland request a reexamination of the Court’s judgment in this case.
Taner Akçam, Kaloosdian/Mugar Professor, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University
Margaret Lavinia Anderson; Professor of the Graduate School (Current); Professor of History emerita; University of California – Berkley
Joyce Apsel, Master Teacher of Humanities, New York University; Past President, International Association of Genocide Scholars
Yair Auron, head, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel
Peter Balakian, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities, Colgate University
Annette Becker, Professor of History, University of Paris, Ouest Nanterre La Defense; senior member, Institut Universitaire de France
Matthias Bjornlund, archival historian; Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), Copenhagen
Donald Bloxham, Professor of Modern History, University of Edinburgh
Hamit Bozarslan, Director, EHESS, Paris
Cathy Caruth, Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Cornell University
Frank Chalk, Professor of History; Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
Israel Charny, Past President International Association of Genocide Scholars; Director, Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide, Jerusalem
Deborah Dwork, Rose Professor of History; Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University
Helen Fein, Independent Scholar; former executive director of Institute for the Study of Genocide (New York)
Marcelo Flores, Professor of Comparative History; director, The European Master in Human Rights and Genocide Studies, University of Siena
Donna-Lee Frieze, Prins Senior Fellow, Center For Jewish History, New York City; Visiting Fellow, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University, Melbourne.
Wolfgang Gust, Independent Scholar, Director armenocide.com.de Hamburg
Herbert Hirsch, Professor of Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University; co-editor, Genocide Studies International
Marianne Hirsch, William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Columbia University
Tessa Hofmann, Prof. h.c. Dr. phil, Frie Universitat Berlin, Institute for East European Studies
Richard Hovanissian, Professor Emeritus, Armenian and Near Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles; Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Chapman University and the University of California, Irvine
Raymond Kevorkian, Historian, University of Paris-VIII-Saint Denis
Hans-Lukas Kieser, Professor of Modern History, University of Zurich
Mark Levene, Reader in Comparative History, University of Southampton, UK
Robert Jay Lifton, MD; Distinguished Professor Emeritus, The City University of New York
Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Emory University
Wendy Lower, John K. Roth Professor of History, Claremont McKenna College
Robert Melson, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University; Past President, International Association of Genocide Scholars
Donald E. Miller, Professor of Religion; Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
A. Dirk Moses, Professor of Global and Colonial History, European University Institute, Florence and Senior Editor, Journal of Genocide Research.
James R. Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, Harvard University
Roger W. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Government, College of William and Mary; Past President, International Association of Genocide Scholars
Leo Spitzer, K.T. Vernon Professor of History Emeritus, Dartmouth College
Gregory Stanton, Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention, George Mason University; Past President, International Association of Genocide Scholars
Yves Ternon, Historian of modern genocide, independent scholar, France
Henry C. Theriault, Professor of Philosophy, Worcester State University; Co-Editor-in-Chief, Genocide Studies and Prevention
Eric D. Weitz, Dean of Humanities and Arts and Professor of History, The City College of New York/Graduate Center
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