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Zoryan's core concept

Zoryan's core concept is to serve the cause of scholarship and public awareness relating to issues of universal human rights, genocide, and diaspora-homeland relations. This is done through the systematic continued efforts of independent scholars and specialists using a comparative and multidisciplinary approach and in accordance with the highest academic standards.


Zoryan's Featured Activities

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Zoryan Institute Responds to Turkish Foreign Minister's Call to Set Up Joint Commission to Study the Events of 1915

In response to the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu calling on Armenia to set up a joint commission to study the events of 1915, the Zoryan Institute has the following response:
As they say, "This is déjà vu all over again." read more
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2017 Tribute to Hrant Dink.

On the 10th anniversary of Hrant Dink's assassination, Armenian political, cultural, religious, business, philanthropic and academic organizations of Toronto and Montreal gathered together to commemorate Hrant Dink and remember his immense contributions to human rights. read more

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The International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, A Division of the Zoryan Institute, invites you to attend the 2017 Tribute to Hrant Dink.

The keynote speaker will be Mr. Cem Özdemir, a German parliamentarian of Turkish descent. He was the driving force behind the German parliament's Armenian Genocide resolution on June 2nd, 2016. Mr. Özdemir champions the cause of overcoming historical obstacles to eliminate the "us vs. them" mentality. Separate events will be held in Montreal & Toronto . read more
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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. read more
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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. read more

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.
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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. read more
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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. read more
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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. read more
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"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. read more
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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. read more
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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. read more
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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. read more
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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." read more
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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 here.                                                                                                              read more
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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. read more
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ZI e-CHRONICLES

A series of digital clips featuring an array of topics discussed by leading experts in their fields..

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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. read more
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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. read more
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Zoryan is SOCIAL

The Zoryan Institute is making an effort to put a stronger emphasis on its social media presence. If you use social media be sure to follow us on Facebook , Twitter & Youtube Feel free to retweet, share and like the posts of the Zoryan Institute!
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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

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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 Corporate Boards. read more
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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. read more