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Zoryan Institute and IIGHRS 2016 Overview
An overview of the work carried out by the Zoryan Institute and the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies in 2016.
Armenia at 25 Years - A Country at a Crossroads
Armenia has always had to fend off external forces to fight for its survival. However, Armenia has increased its own vulnerability by weakening its internal strengths: the hope and the faith of its people in their collective future and their trust in its government, causing serious internal instability. Without regaining its internal strength through "cooperation, unity, intelligent calculations and decisiveness," Armenia will not be able to withstand the external challenges it faces as a nation.
Please note: The content of this press release represents the views of K.M. Greg Sarkissian. It is not the reflection of the Zoryan Institute.
The Contribution of the Genocide Convention to the Battle Against Impunity
The United Nations marks December 9th as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. William A. Schabas, a renowned Professor of International Law explains the historical significance of this important day of commemoration. The UN resolution was presented on the behalf of 84 co-sponsors by the Republic of Armenia and adopted on December 9th, 2015.
Recalling the Armenian Earthquake and the Magnitude of its Impact on the Country
On this day, 28 years ago, at precisely 11:41 am, an earthquake reaching a whopping 6.9 points on the Richter scale struck the Republic of Soviet Armenia, affecting an area of 80 km in diameter and completely devastating the nation. Life in Armenia was drastically changed in a mere few seconds. Its impact continues to resonate today with dire consequences on Armenia's nation building efforts since its independence in 1991.
Zoryan Launches New Syrian-Armenian Refugee Oral History Project
The Zoryan Institute has officially launched its Syrian-Armenian Refugee Oral History Project conducting its first interview on Nov. 7. With this project, the Institute seeks to interview Syrian-Armenian newcomers and document their lifestyle in Syria prior to the war, their migration, and their experience of settling in Canada.
"Khachpoor" - An Expression of Thanks and an Ask for Blessing
This poem is part of a collection titled "The Song of the Bread." It is an expression of thanks and an ask for blessing. It was published in 1921 in Istanbul, six years after Taniel Varoujan's martyrdom in April 1915. He was part of the first group of intellectuals imprisoned and killed by the Ottoman soldiers at the onset of the Armenian Genocide.
The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
In 2013, the United Nations adopted a resolution that marks November 2nd as "the International Day to End Impunity against Journalists." This resolution condemns all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers and encourages governments to do their part in preventing violence against journalists, ensuring accountability and bringing justice against the perpetrators of the crimes.
Today, on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, the Institute would like to remember Hrant Dink: a journalist, Human Rights defender, and a dear friend of the Zoryan Institute.
Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Armenia from the Zoryan Institute
Reflecting on Armenia's development over the past 25 years, we appreciate that the country has made major advances in building institutions, including military and integrating itself in the
world community. However, it still has a significant way to go to overcome the many shortcomings in its nation building process. The state must uphold the rights and dignity of each individual. It must provide its citizens an equal opportunity to participate in nation
building and ensure their personal security and development. In doing so, the state must instill confidence in society that their children will have a brighter future in their own homeland.
Genocide is Not an Accident; it is a Choice:International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies' 2016 University Program
The International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, a Division of the Zoryan Institute, conducted its 15th annual Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP) in
partnership with the University of Toronto from August 1 to 12. Students from around the world come to the University of Toronto each year for a comprehensive course on genocide and human rights and leave
empowered with the tools to understand and to help prevent genocide.
The International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies Releases Commentary From Dr.Herbert Hirsch on NY Times Article, "Syria's Paradox"
Dr. Herbert Hirsch, Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University, comments on New York Times article, "Syria's
Paradox: Why the War Only Ever Seems to Get Worse."
Armenians can take Responsibility for our History and our Future by Joining the Conversation"
Arsinée Khanjian, award winning Canadian-Armenian actress and a Director of
the Zoryan Institute, was held for questioning by the police in Armenia today during a
demonstration in Yerevan, related to the hostage taking, now in its eleventh day. According to
the Armenian Ambassador to Canada, Armen Yeganian, she was released a short time later.
There is speculation that her detention was due to her public views of the current situation in
Armenia and the social, economic, political forces and environmental issues that shape the
Armenian reality. A video of Khanjian expressing her views on CivilNet can be viewed
Diaspora Afraid to Acknowledge Grave Realities in Armenia
(Transcript of Arsinée Khanjian's Interview with CivilNet) (July 26, 2016)
German Bundestag Votes to Recognize the Armenian Massacres as "Genocide"
Wolfgang Gust, German scholar, and his wife Ingrid Gust, human rights lawyer, through their tireless efforts, painstakingly collected and published documents from the German Foreign Office Archive. These official documents revealed the extent of the Ottoman policy and planning with regards to the Armenian citizens of the Ottoman Empire.
These documents are of paramount importance in understanding the Armenian Genocide, since only Germany had the right to report official, uncensored, daily events during the ongoing deportations and massacres.
Here is a link
to a brief excerpt from a 2016 interview with Wolfgang Gust that was produced by Zoryan board member and filmmaker Theodore Bogosian, presented here as part of our ZI e-Chronicles series.
A series of digital clips featuring an array of topics discussed by leading experts in their fields..
Three new Scholars join Zoryan's 15th Annual Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP)
Joyce Apsel, Course Director of Zoryan Institute's GHRUP welcomes new scholars, Dr. Andrew Woolford, Dr.
Stephan Astourian, and Dr. Hazel Cameron to the faculty this year, as it approaches the 15th anniversary of the course, held
annually at the University of Toronto campus.
Zoryan Institute of Canada Welcomes Prime Minister Trudeau's Statement on the Occasion of the 101st Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
On this 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, we are grateful that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
preserves the memory of those who lost their lives during the events of 1915 and acknowledges those
events as genocide against the Armenian people. He reaffirmed once more his principled stance on
genocide, demonstrated earlier in his remarks on the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission's
report a few months ago.
New Edition of Genocide Studies International (GSI) 10.1: The Political Economy of Genocide
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Zoryan Institute hosts powerful conference on the rights of Indigenous peoples
MONTREAL- A conference sponsored by the Zoryan Institute was held March 8-9 at McGill
University's Faculty of Law to examine the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission and possible ways to implement its findings. read more
To view select portions of the Conference please see:
Chief Doug White - From Truth to Reconciliation
Phil Fontaine - From Truth to Reconciliation
Zoryan Supporters Share an Evening with the 2016 Board of Directors
The Zoryan Institute hosted a public event titled, "An Evening with the Zoryan
Board of Directors" on February 20, 2016, to foster conversation and ask questions about
Zoryan's work and achievements from the perspective of the Directors of the Academic and
Members of the New Board of Directors of the Zoryan Institute forecast Gross Human Rights
Violations and even Genocide as a result of Climate Change, Accelerating Population Growth,
Increased Resource Scarcity, and Socio-Economic Conflicts
European Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber hears Perincek v. Switzerland case
Strasbourg, France - The European Court of Human Rights held a Grand Chamber hearing today, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 9:15 a.m. in Strasbourg, France on the case of Perincek v. Switzerland (application no. 27510/08). The case concerns the criminal conviction of Turkish politician Dogu Perincek for publicly denying the Armenian Genocide while in Switzerland.