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22/Apr/2015 Austria Recognizes Armenian Genocide

VIENNA—The Austrian Parliament drafted a statement on April 21 condemning the Armenian Genocide and calling on Turkey to face its past. According to sources, all six factions of parliament came together and agreed on the statement, which will be presented to the public on April 22.

The news comes a day after Germany announced its plan to “stand behind” a resolution affirming the Armenian Genocide, which will be voted on April 24.

Germany’s Parliament is set to use the term “genocide” in a resolution, and the government said on April 20 that it will support the motion sponsored by the ruling parties.

A draft of the German resolution notes the Armenians’ fate is “exemplary for the history of mass destruction, ethnic cleansing, expulsions, and genocides by which the 20th century is marked in such a terrible way.”

http://asbarez.com/134274/austria-recognizes-armenian-genocide/

21/Apr/2015 Lights of Eiffel Tower to be switched off on April 24th
Please read full article here.

16/Apr/2015 European parliament votes to recognise 'Armenian genocide', urges Turkey to pursue genuine reconciliation
Please read full articles here and here.

12/Apr/2015 Pope Francis uses 'genocide' to refer to mass killings of Armenians by Turks
Please read full article here and a video here .

10/Apr/2015 Kardashians at Dzidzernagapert Remember Genocide Victims
Please read full article here.

05/May/2013 A virtual tour of the Armenian Genocide Museum
Ի 1915 թվականի Հայոց ցեղասպանության 98րդ ամյակի առիթով, ԱՄՆ-ի Memco ընկերութ. հրապարակել է Վիրտուալ շրջագայություն Հայոց ցեղասպանության թանգարանից ինտերակտիվ 3-D ձեւաչափով:

For 98th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, US-based Memco Inc. has released a virtual tour of the Armenian Genocide Museum in an interactive 3-D format.

http://www.memcosoft.com/genocidemuseum/

06/Dec/2012 New Primate has been Appointed of The Armenian Church of Australia & New Zealand

Dear Members


By the directive of His Holiness Karekin II Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, His Grace Bishop Haigazoun Najarian has been appointed Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand as of 1 January 2013.

Bishop Najarian leaves his position as the Pontifical Legate of Central Europe and Sweden which he was appointed to in 2010. Based in Vienna, Austria he tended to the spiritual needs of Armenian communities in more than a dozen countries.

In prior years, His Grace served in the Eastern Diocese of the United States as Vicar General from 2007-2010 (and periodically between 1986-1995). He has been the Pastor of Armenian churches in the parishes of Philadelphia, Dallas and New Jersey.

Throughout his years of service he has held the position of Dean/New Testament Lecturer at the Gevorkian Theological Seminary in Holy Etchmiadzin.

Having graduated from the Gevorkian Seminary in 1973 he continued his theological studies at St Augustine's College in Canterbury, King’s College in London and St Andrew’s College in Scotland and during this time served as Pastor of St Peter and St Sarkis Armenian Churches in London. In 1994 he completed a M.A. in History from Columbia University in New York.


All the Best
Armenian Apostolic Church Council of St. Mary

25/Oct/2012 Australia’s largest state of NSW recognises the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh
SYDNEY: The Legislative Council of the New South Wales Parliament adopted a resolution recognising the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh and the right to self-determination of its Armenian people, who declared independence from an oppressive Azerbaijan 20 years ago.

The motion, which was unanimously adopted on Thursday 25thOctober, comes after many months of advocacy from the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC Australia). It was introduced to the Chamber by the Hon. Marie Ficarra MLC, who was been a long-standing supporter of Armenian issues.

Please read more in an article from ANC website...

http://anc.org.au/news/Australia%E2%80%99s+largest+state+of+NSW+recognises+the+Republic+of+Nagorno+Karabakh

03/Sep/2012 Azeri axe murderer, Ramil Safarov received hero welcome in Baku.
International criticism and concern has been growing following the release of a convicted murderer after his transfer from Hungary to Azerbaijan.

Please read more in an article from BBC...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19463968

01/Sep/2012 Hranush Hakobyan makes appeal to Diaspora
Armenian Minister of Diaspora Ms. Hranush Hakobyan issued a statement today that reads:

"DEAR COMPATRIOTS,

Leaders of the traditional Armenian political parties, pan-Armenian structures, youth and women's organizations, humanitarian, athletic, cultural and educational institutions, editors of Armenian presses, The time has come for the nation to unite as one. It is an extraordinary occasion because once again, the Armenian state and nation have been intrigued, especially in the 21st century, and the Azerbaijani who brutally hacked Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan in Hungary has been released.

We emphasize with pain and disappointment that Hungary, which is a member country of the European family and considers itself developed and democratic, formed a part of that intrigue by making a deal with Azerbaijan and violating European values and laws. With this Hungary inspired cannibal-monsters, encouraged criminals, paved the way for assassinations on the ethnic and religious grounds and proved that today's Hungarian authorities do not deserve to be part of Europe and be considered a member of the European family, and all this is taking place in the heart of Europe and in front of the eyes of all mankind.

As for the President of Azerbaijan, he took Europe's side with his psychology of feudalism and, staying true to his essence of being a totalitarian sultan, committed another illegal act and released the criminal by signing an "edict".

We are certain that Armenian communities around the world will raise their voice, will take advantage of their contacts and will do everything possible to
1. organize massive protests in front of Hungary's diplomatic representations in the given countries,
2. demand that the government and the parliamentarians of their respective countries of residence
a) influence Azerbaijan to annul such a humiliating decree on pardon and return the criminal back to the prison cell in which he belongs,
b) condemn the Hungarian government's actions and demand that European organizations apply sanctions against Hungary,
c) turn the issue of Azerbaijan's future European integration into a topic of discussion through parliamentarians within the Council of Europe since the illegal act committed by the leader of that country does not fall in line with European laws, the system of values and the spirit of humanitarianism,
3. condemn the illegal deal and actions of the Hungarian government and the President of Azerbaijan through the mass media,
4. appeal to worthy citizens of Hungary to express their disagreement with the Hungarian government's decision and condemn it through demonstrations, speeches, letters and other actions.

It is offensive that, when handing the criminal over to Azerbaijan, the Hungarian government did not even recall the thousands of Armenians who had sacrificed their lives and become heroes in the fight for Hungary's independence and freedom along with the people of Hungary, or hasn't the Armenian community made its worthy contribution to Hungary's development in the past and isn't it making that contribution today?

The time has come for us to unite. The 10 million Armenians around the world will express their protest and anger against this flagrant injustice. Whoever shuts an eye to illegitimacy and monstrous brutalities will find himself as the victim someday as well. We believe in our communities. We trust you and know that you will not keep silent and will fight as one since our fight is just, and as the President of the Republic of Armenia has mentioned:

"I CANNOT TOLERATE THAT.
THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA CANNOT TOLERATE THAT.
THE ARMENIAN NATION WILL NOT FORGIVE THAT."


RA Ministry of Diaspora

You can read original article from

http://www.a1plus.am/en/official/2012/09/01/hranush-hakobyan

19/Apr/2012 Armenians regain historical school in Istanbul by Vercihan Ziflioğlu
Turkey’s Foundations General Directorate made a landmark decision to return the Armenian Surp Haç Tıbrevank Foundation in Istanbul’s Üsküdar district back to the Armenian community yesterday.

“We managed to ensure the foundation’s return after a very long struggle. We are very happy. Tıbrevank will now freely continue where it had left off,” Laki Vingas, a council member of the Foundations Directorate General, told the Hürriyet Daily News.

Please read more below...

http://http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/armenians-regain-historical-school-in-istanbul.aspx?pageID=238&nID=18793&NewsCatID=339/

04/Feb/2012 The Upper House of the French Parliament finally passed the bill outlawing the denial of the Armenian Genocide.
The Upper House of the French Parliament finally passed the bill outlawing the denial of the Armenian Genocide.

The Senate approved the draft with a vote of 127 in favor and 86 against. The new legal act criminalizes the denial of all the genocides recognized by the French Republic.

The Lower House of France’s Parliament, the National Assembly, had passed the bill with a vast majority of votes in late December. The President of France will ratify the law in 15 days after receiving the finally adopted law from the government. He can ask the Parliament to review the full law or certain articles. The review cannot be rejected.

The bill will impose a one-year prison term and a fine of up to €45,000 for anyone publicly denying the fact of the Armenian Genocide.

Please read more below...

http://www.armenianweekly.com/2012/01/23/breaking-news-french-senate-passes-bill-criminalizing-armenian-genocide-denial/


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