Armenian Cause Foundation Reprints No. 3: “On the Validity of the Treaty of Sevres and the Arbitral Award of Woodrow Wilson” – by Aida Avanessian, PhD in Law

On the centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Sevres (10 August 2020), the Armenian Cause Foundation published No. 3 of its Reprints series. It is a scientific article “On the Validity of the Treaty of Sevres and the Arbitral Award of Woodrow Wilson”, by Aida Avanessian, PhD in Law. The article was first published in 2017, in the “Armenian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law”. It was last revised on 1 May 2020.
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Joint Declaration on Sèvres Treaty Centennial

Today marks the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Sèvres for peace between the Allies and Turkey.

The Treaty of Sèvres is the only treaty signed by both Turkey and the Republic of Armenia, with the free will of the Armenian side. Not only does the Treaty of Sèvres recognize Turkey as responsible for its war crimes, but it also demands that Turkey take steps to facilitate the process of punishing those directly involved in the crime. The Treaty also demands that Turkey repeal the 1915 Abandoned Property laws and the supplementary provisions thereof, compelling it to return all confiscated properties to individual or community owners. Finally, the Treaty of Sèvres provides a legal basis for the arbitration appeal to US President Woodrow Wilson to determine the Armenia-Turkey border.
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Countries Opposing Artsakh Elections Betray Democratic Values and Their Own International Obligations

YEREVAN (April 2, 2020) — On March 31, 2020, the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) successfully held its presidential (sixth) and parliamentary (seventh) elections, with the Central Election Commission (CEC) reporting that 72.7 percent (76,728 voters) of Artsakh’s 105,540 eligible voters cast ballots at polling places across the republic.
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BREAKING: U.S. Senate Unanimously Recognizes Armenian Genocide, Rejects Turkey’s Gag-Rule against American Remembrance of this Crime

ANCA-Backed Bipartisan Measure (S.Res.150) Completes Congressional Over-Ride of Ankara’s Long-standing Veto, Increasing Pressure on the White House

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate struck a historic blow today against Turkey’s century-long obstruction of justice for the Armenian Genocide, unanimously adopting S.Res.150, an Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA)-backed measure that locks in ongoing U.S. recognition of this crime.

The resolution, identical to a measure (H.Res.296) adopted 405 to 11 in the U.S. House in October, officially rejects Turkey’s denials of its genocide against Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, and other Christian nations. Passage of the resolution – spearheaded by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) – marks the first time that the Senate has recognized the Armenian Genocide.

“The Senate today joined the House in rejecting Ankara’s gag-rule against honest American remembrance of the Armenian Genocide – overriding the largest, longest foreign veto over the U.S. Congress in American history,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. Continue reading “BREAKING: U.S. Senate Unanimously Recognizes Armenian Genocide, Rejects Turkey’s Gag-Rule against American Remembrance of this Crime”

Gladys Berejiklian, Tim Wilson, Alan Jones Honoured as Armenian National Committee of Australia Gala Raises Over 145,000 Dollars

SYDNEY: The Armenian National Committee of Australia’s (ANC-AU) Annual Gala Banquet raised over $145,000 for Armenian-Australian advocacy at an event which saw the community honour New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Federal Member of Parliament Tim Wilson and leading radio broadcaster Alan Jones.

The glitzy event at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel featured a stellar cast of guests, led by honourees Berejiklian and Wilson, who were joined by Federal parliamentarians Kristina Keneally, Trent Zimmerman and Joel Fitzgibbon – who was representing Australia’s Leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese. Former Senator and Defence Minister of Australia, Graham Richardson was also in attendance, as well as state parliamentarians including Jonathan O’Dea, Walt Secord, Rev. Fred Nile and their former colleague Amanda Fazio, along with leaders of Armenian, Indigenous, Greek, Assyrian and Jewish organisations.

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ANCA Chairman Praises Senators Menendez and Cruz for Increasing Pressure to Pass Armenian Genocide Resolution (S.Res.150)

Washington, DC – Armenian National Committee of America Chairman Raffi Hamparian thanked U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) for their leadership in seeking the unanimous consent of their Senate colleagues to immediately adopt S.Res.150 – the Armenian Genocide Resolution.

Hamparian’s complete statement is provided below:

“The ANCA stands proudly with Senators Menendez and Cruz as they intensify their pressure to end Ankara’s veto against U.S. Senate recognition and remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.
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ANCA Demands End to Azerbaijan’s Trade Benefits

In Statement to USTR, the ANCA Cites Baku’s Blockade of Armenia, Sanctuary for Safarov, and Visa Restrictions on Ethnic Armenians

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. should end preferential trade treatment for Azerbaijan, according to a formal Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) public statement submitted to the U.S. Trade Representative in anticipation of its January 17, 2020, public hearing to review Baku’s continued eligibility to export products to the United States under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) – a program that eliminates trade duties on thousands of products from 119 designated countries.

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Young Armenian-Australians Re-energise the Armenian Cause in Canberra During ANC-AU Youth Advocates

CANBERRA: The second annual Youth Advocates Program of the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU) saw it host a dozen young Armenian-Australian participants in Canberra on 27th and 28th of November, 2019 for a practical crash-course in advocacy.

They engaged in master classes and presentations from experienced lobbyists, as well as mock political advocacy to learn and practice the art of lobbying and debate, meeting with dozens of Australia’s political leaders at Parliament House.

The group, comprised of young tertiary and recently graduated secondary students, including members of the Armenian Youth Federation of Australia and the Armenian Students Association hailing from Sydney and Melbourne, joined together with Board Members and the Executive staff of ANC-AU to embark on a journey to the nation’s capital. Continue reading “Young Armenian-Australians Re-energise the Armenian Cause in Canberra During ANC-AU Youth Advocates”

Washington DC recognizes the Armenian Genocide

#ThankYouDC: The District of Columbia joins 49 U.S. States and, of course, the U.S. House of Representatives in recognizing the Armenian Genocide and calling for its inclusion in the DC school curriculum.

The Armenian National Committee of America – Eastern Region welcomes the City Council of the District of Columbia’s adoption of a special resolution affirming the Armenian Genocide via a unanimous vote of 13-0 on November 8, 2019. In addition to truthfully and forcefully recognizing the Genocide, the resolution calls for its inclusion in the DC public school curriculum. The District of Columbia joins 49 U.S. States and the United States House of Representatives in recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
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ՀՅԴ Բիւրոյի ներկայացուցիչ Յակոբ Տէր Խաչատուրեան պարգեւատրուեցաւ Քեպէգի Ազգային Ժողովի մետալով

(«Հորիզոն») – Նոյեմբեր 27-ին, ՀՅԴ Բիւրոյի ներկայացուցիչ եւ Հայ Դատի Կեդրոնական Խորհուրդի երկարամեայ նախագահ Յակոբ Տէր խաչատուրեան Քեպէգի Ազգային Ժողովի նիստին պարգեւատրուեցաւ Քեպէգի Ազգային Ժողովի մետալով:

Նիստի ընթացքին ելոյթ ունեցաւ Քեպէգի Ազգային Ժողովի անդամ Կի Ուելէթ եւ յայտարարեց, որ Մետալը կը փոխանցուի Յակոբ Տէր Խաչատուրեանին, Քեպէգ նահանգին մէջ իր երկարամեայ միջ-համայնքային գործունէութեան, Քեպէգի երիտասարդական եւ ուսանողական կազմակերպութիւններու շրջագիծէն ներս իր տարած աշխատանքին եւ Հայ Դատի յանձախումբի եւ Արցախի Հանրապետութեան արտաքին գործերու նախարարութեան հետ համատեղ կազմակերպուած Համագործակցութեան և արդարութեան և խաղաղութեան ֆորումին յաջողութեան մէջ իր ներդրումին համար։
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