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Biographies of missing persons in Galya Arustamyan's book

Remembering the Disappeared

August 30 has been designated as the International Day of the Disappeared. On this day, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) calls on the international community to “show greater awareness” of the situation of those who have gone missing and the plight of their families—an [more...]

August 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

From Left: ANCA WR Legislative Affairs Director Haig Baghdassarian, ANCA WR Executive Director Elen Asatryan, incoming Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, ANCA WR Chair Nora Hovsepian, author of AJR 32 Assemblymember Mike Gatto, Senator Ricardo Lara, ANCA WR Government Affairs Director Tereza Yerimyan

California Senate Recognizes Artsakh’s Independence

SACRAMENTO—The California State Senate, led by incoming Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, by an overwhelming majority of votes on Wednesday passed Assembly member Mike Gatto’s resolution, AJR 32, encouraging Artsakh’s (Nagorno Karabakh) continuing efforts to develop as a free and [more...]

August 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

California Senate Unanimously Passes Genocide Education Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—On Aug. 26, the California Senate, with a vote of 36-0, unanimously passed the Armenian Genocide Education Act (AB 1915), which adds Armenian Genocide survivor and witness oral testimonies into the teachings of human rights in California public schools, and encourages state and [more...]

August 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The crowd, estimated at 1 million, pays its respects at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan on April 24.

International Conference on Genocide Centennial to be Held in NY

NEW YORK—An international conference marking the Armenian Genocide’s centennial will take place on March 13-15, 2015 at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel. The three-day conference will feature a lineup of prominent historians, policymakers, authors, and artists from around the globe. The [more...]

August 27, 2014 // 1 Comment

French-Armenians gather to voice support for Kurds, Yazidis

French-Armenians Voice Support for Kurds, Yazidis

By Jean Eckian PARIS—On Saturday, Aug. 23, around 600 people demonstrated in Paris to show their support to Kurds and Yazidis—victims of massacres committed by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraqi Kurdistan—and to advocate for humanitarian aid for those who were forced to flee. French-Armenians [more...]

August 24, 2014 // 9 Comments

Nanore Barsoumian

Barsoumian to Assume Editorship of Armenian Weekly

WATERTOWN, Mass.—Armenian Weekly assistant editor Nanore Barsoumian will assume the editorship of the newspaper, the Hairenik Association announced today. Nanore Barsoumian After a transition period of several months, Barsoumian will take on responsibilities of editor on Sept. 1, as editor [more...]

August 21, 2014 // 12 Comments

Human rights activist Leyla Yunus

Human Rights Organizations Call for Release of Outspoken Aliyev Critic

In a statement published on Aug 18, 2014, the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) expressed concerns about the deteriorating health of human rights activist Leyla Yunus, held in an Azerbaijani prison. Human rights activist Leyla Yunus Leyla, 59, served as the director of the Institute for [more...]

August 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

Bitlis co-mayors Nevin Daşdemir Dağkıran and Hüseyin Olan

Bitlis Town Council Names ‘William Saroyan Street’

BITLIS, Turkey—The Bitlis town council recently approved the renaming of five streets in this historic town in south-eastern Turkey. Among the names is “William Saroyan Street,” after the great Armenian-American writer whose ancestors came from Bitlis before 1915. Saroyan was born in Fresno, [more...]

August 19, 2014 // 6 Comments

Pope Francis

Pope Francis to Hold Mass for Armenian Genocide Centennial

BUENOS AIRES—Pope Francis will hold Mass for the Armenian Genocide Centennial in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, on April 12, 2015. The Announcement was made by the Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires Mario Poli during a mass in the Armenian Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Narek on [more...]

August 18, 2014 // 5 Comments

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