The Constitution of Armenia, the Genocide and its reparations

Vladimir Vardanyan
International Law Expert

REPAIR – Armeno-Turkish Platform – The international law expert Vladimir Vardanyan presented in every detail the issue about the provision on the Armenian Genocide in the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, including the clause on the claim of Western Armenia. According to him the reference to the Genocide in the main document of Armenia is based on international law and norms. The international law expert also spoke about the legal basis of the Turco-Russian Treaty, dated 1921.

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The Confiscation of Armenian Properties: An Interview with Ümit Kurt

By Varak Ketsemanian
The Armenian Weekly

The following interview with Ümit Kurt tackles how the physical annihilation of the Armenians paralleled the confiscation and appropriation of their properties in 1915. By citing the various laws and decrees that orchestrated the confiscation process, Kurt places our understanding of the genocide within a legal context.

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Second Pan-Armenian Forum of Lawyers Creates Special Committee to Study the Legal Aspects of the Armenian Genocide

The Second Pan-Armenian Forum of Lawyers entitled “Ahead of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide” was held in Yerevan on 5-6 July 2013, at the sessions hall of the RA National Academy of Sciences. The forum was organized by the RA Ministry of Diaspora, in association with the Pan-Armenian Conference of Lawyers established after the First Pan-Armenian Forum of Lawyers.
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“Ahead of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide”

Second Pan-Armenian Forum of Lawyers
July 5-6, 2013
Yerevan, Armenia

Presentation by Kate Nahapetian1
Government Affairs Director of the Armenian National Committee of America

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Armenian Genocide Reperations – July 2013

  1. Pursue Genocide Recognition and Reparations, criminal and civil claims, separately, in parallel.
    • Genocide is a crime against humanity. Like all criminal acts, condemnation and punishment is the right and duty of the community, here, the community of nations.
    • Reparations are compensation of harm. It is an inalienable right of the injured party, founded on independent factual and legal grounds.
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A. Hovsepyan. Recognition of Armenian genocide shall have a perfect international-legal provision

Republic of Armenia Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepyan’s report at the second Pan-Armenian Conference of Lawyers “Ahead of the 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide”.

Respectable participants of the conference,

At first, let me express my satisfaction on the fact that by the initiation of the Ministry of Diaspora lawyers’ representative and very important conference was held ahead of the 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide which, I am sure, can give light to very old legal issues of Armenian genocide and be a serious stimulus for legal research of Armenian genocide and the Armenian issue, in general.
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Joint Statement: “We demand that Turkey return our confiscated Churches and Church Properties”

His Holiness Karekin II Catholicos of All Armenians, Holy See of Etchmiadzin
His Holiness Aram I Catholicos of Cilicia, Holy See of Cilicia

We demand that Turkey return our confiscated Churches and Church Properties
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Address of President Serzh Sargsyan to the Conference Dedicated to the 90th Anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s Arbitral Award

Dear Participants of the Conference,

Ninety years ago on this day – November 22, 1920, the President of the United States Woodrow Wilson made an Arbitral Award regarding Armenia’s borders.
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International Conference organized by the
Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia
(23-25 February 2012)

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Confiscation and Colonization: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property

By Ugur Ungor
The Armenian Weekly
April 2011 Magazine

“Leave all your belongings—your furniture, your beddings, your artifacts. Close your shops and businesses with everything inside. Your doors will be sealed with special stamps. On your return, you will get everything you left behind. Do not sell property or any expensive item. Buyers and sellers alike will be liable for legal action. Put your money in a bank in the name of a relative who is out of the country. Make a list of everything you own, including livestock, and give it to the specified official so that all your things can be returned to you later. You have ten days to comply with this ultimatum.”[1]

—Government promulgation hanged in public places in Kayseri,
June 15, 1915.

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