Before We Talk about Armenian Genocide Reparations, There Is Another Accounting Due

Did the USSR Really Lose the Cold War? Maybe as a Whole, but Some Have Turned Loss into Staggering Advantage and Profit. Now It’s Time They Pay for the Damage They Have Done—and Are Doing—Before It’s Too Late.

By Henry Theriault
From the Armenian Weekly 2017 Magazine Dedicated to the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Beyond History

In addition to other topics and audiences, I speak somewhat frequently on the legacy of the Armenian Genocide to and with primarily Armenian audiences in the United States and around the world. Quite often, community members and even academics assume I am a historian. I have to correct them—at least when I have the opportunity. I don’t mean to suggest that I am insulted by being considered a historian, but as I tell people, that’s just not what I do. Now that I am more recognized for work on reparations, the misidentification sometimes shifts to assuming I am a lawyer or legal scholar. Again, the correction.

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Ümit Kurt Explores Turkey’s Laws on Armenian Genocide-Era Dispossession Cases (Video)

The Armenian Weekly

WASHINGTON—Dr. Ümit Kurt, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, outlined the complex laws promulgated by Turkey to systematically dispossess Armenians of their properties during and after the Armenian Genocide, in a Feb. 28 talk at George Washington University Law School.

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On December 5-6, the Workshop “The State Of Affairs of the Armenian Genocide: Litigations and Future Possible Developments” organized by the Armenian Genocide Legal Research Center of the Pan-Armenian Conference of Lawyers was held at the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia.
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Cilicia Catholicosate Officially Appeals to European Court of Human Rights

(L to R) Professor of international law Nora Bayrakdarian, Catholicosate team coordinator and adjunct professor of religion and ethics Teny Pirri-Simonian, international lawyer and professor at McGill University Payam Akhavan, representative of Catholicos Aram I Archbishop Kegham Khatcherian, EAFJD President Kaspar Karampetian (Photo: EAFJD)

BRUSSELS, Belgium (A.W.) – On Dec. 6, the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia officially filed the application to reclaim the historical headquarters of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia from Turkey to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
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Restoration of Historical Memory and Dignity for Victims of the Armenian Genocide: A Human Rights Law Approach to Effective Reparations


Richard J. Wilson
American University – Washington College of Law


14 International Criminal Law Review 332, (2014)

This article argues that United Nations human rights principles and new developments in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights suggest a route to provide effective reparations through the restoration of historical memory and dignity for victims of the Armenian Genocide.
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Confiscated Armenian Properties

pillageofthecenturyBY UMIT KURT
Haytoug Summer 2016 Issue

On 27 May 1915 the Ottoman government, using the ongoing world war as a pretext, made the decision to deport its Armenian citizens to the regions of Syria and Iraq, which at that time were Ottoman provinces. However, the true aim was not to change the locations of the Armenians, but to annihilate them. This deportation and destruction also gives rise to an important question: What was going to happen to the properties the Armenians left behind? How would they be administered?

A series of laws and decrees, known as the “Abandoned Properties Laws” were issued in the Ottoman and Turkish Republican periods concerning the administration of the belongings left behind by the Ottoman Armenians who were deported in 1915. The best-known regulation on the topic is the comprehensive Council of Ministers Decree, dated May 30, 1915. The Directorate of Tribal and Immigrant Settlement of the Interior Ministry (İskan-ı Aşâir ve Muhacirin Müdiriyeti) sent it the following day to relevant provinces organized in 15 articles. It provided the basic principles in accordance with which all deportations and resettlements would be conducted, and began with listing the reasons for the Armenian deportations. The most important provision concerning Armenian properties was the principle that their equivalent value was going to be provided to the deportees.
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Legal procedures on Armenian Genocide issues brought to new level

New Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights Launched

International Institute to Seek Just Resolution of the Armenian Genocide; Defend Artsakh’s Right to Independence


YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 28, ARMENPRESS. The legal procedures over the issues of the Armenian Genocide are brought to a new level, Chairman of the Board of the Armenian Legal Center for Justice & Human Rights (ALC) Kenneth Hachikian said, reports “Armenpress”.
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“Resolución con Justicia. Reparaciones por el Genocidio Armenio”


Grupo de Estudio Reparaciones Genocidio Armenio. “Resolución con Justicia. Reparaciones por el Genocidio Armenio”, Karamanian, Alejandra (trad.). Fundación Consejo Nacional Armenio, Buenos Aires, 2015
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Judge Calls Erdogan ‘Crazy President’ In Court Hearing on Armenian Lawsuit

The Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals, Pasadena, California
The Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals, Pasadena, California


AUGUST 9, 2016

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in Pasadena, California, on August 4, regarding two lawsuits on Armenian properties confiscated by Turkey in 1915-23: Bakalian and Davoyan vs. the Republic of Turkey and its Central and Ziraat Banks. A District Court had dismissed these lawsuits in 2013 on grounds that they dealt with a political issue which came under the purview of elected officials, not the courts.
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Traduction en français de l’introduction et du résumé du rapport du GERGA

En septembre 2014, le Groupe d’Etude sur les réparations pour le génocide des Arméniens (GERGA) a rendu son rapport. Ce groupe composé à la demande de la FRA Dachnaktsoutioun de Henry C Thériault, Alfred de Zayas, Jermaine O McCalpin et Ara Papian propose une méthode, un contenu et une évaluation pour la demande en réparations du génocide des Arméniens, point central de la Cause Arménienne.
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