Special Issue of ‘Armenian Review’ Discusses Genocide Reparations

The Armenian Review recently announced the publication of a special issue about “The New Global Reparations Movement,” the growing movement to require reparations for cases of mass human rights violation.

The cover of the special issue.
The cover of the special issue.

Professor Henry Theriault of Worcester State University is the guest editor of the special issue, and also contributes his analysis of the moral imperative requiring reparations for the Armenian Genocide. International law expert Dr. Alfred de Zayas argues the case that the UN Genocide Convention is both applicable to the Armenian Genocide and requires that reparations be made.

For many years, reparations had not been a central element in political, legal, or ethical engagements with past group harms. Since the 1988 decision by the United States to compensate Japanese-Americans interned during World War II, however, reparations have been raised by victim groups as a key requirement for justice and have become intertwined with truth and reconciliation processes.

Thus the articles in the special issue present many of the other key reparations movements. Jermaine McCalpin and M.P. Giyose discuss the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and connect it to other cases: McCalpin to African-American and Native American reparations, and Giyose to the legacy of former colonies burdened by the huge state debts incurred by their former rulers. Patrick Sargent analyzes South Africa, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Haiti as four cases of such “odious debt.” Kibibi Tyehimba analyzes the need for reparations for the historical legacy of sustained violence against African-Americans, and Haruko Shibasaki presents the legal movement in Japan for reparations for the “Comfort Women” who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II. A group of authors present the issue of reparations for indigenous peoples who were dispossessed by Argentina’s military during the country’s “Campaign to the Desert” in the 19th century.

The special issue of the Armenian Review, volume 53, no. 1-4, may be ordered by itself or as part of a subscription to the academic journal from its website, www.armenianreview.org. All subscription, order, and renewal inquiries should be addressed to the publisher by writing to the Armenian Review, Inc., 80 Bigelow Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472-2012; by e-mailing [email protected]; or by calling (617) 926-4037.

13 Comments

  1. Now I don’t blame that Americans have guns in their homes…
    Because no one will protect you except what you have to fear them…
    Fear your enemies…
    If Armenians had guns in every home during genocide of 1915
    No one would have pushed and slayed them like herds…
    God will not arrive to help them…
    They prayed Endlessly …
    Their 2600 Altars were destroyed …
    God did not see…???
    We have been cheated enough…

  2. Silva, I respect your commitment and passion for the Armenian people. Your comments raised some thoughts. God granted man free will and within that exists evil in men. I believe that we must thank God for the gift of survival that He has given our people. How else can we understand the existence of a people conquered, tortured, massacred, deported and abused by countless invaders over the centuries…. The question is what will we do with this gift? Will we be full of anger, hatred and be satisfied with annual outbursts of emotional nostalgia……or will we follow ours ancestors, thank God for this gift and continue to build our civilization.
    We are merely experiencing the latest chapter in the long anthology called the history of the Armenian people. Our inheritance are the issues of Genocide RRR( recognition, restitution and reparations), the stability of the RoA and the miracle of Artsakh. We have a job to do as the descendants of Tigran, St. Gregory, Mashdotz, Narekatzi, Khrimian and Antranig……along with the countless citizens of our nation who carried the torch of our faith and heritage with honor through the centuries.
    I have found that anger and hatred gets in the way. God’s love keeps us focused. Pursuing the rights of our people is a purpose we all share. Our history is a bond of our faith and culture because In the absence of God’s blessings, we will wander.

    • Stepan,
      Thanks for your e-mail
      Every nation pray for their own god…
      Thus…Can you count how many gods there are…
      There are Armenian god…
      Which I think never helped us…we help ourselves…
      We build alters… Khatchkars to be crushed…and for what…!
      Think how stupid we are…To see our work destroyed in our eyes…
      Turks have Turkish god who listens to them and give them power to slay…
      Persian god …
      English god…
      Countless…

      Thus… can you answer me if there is one god as Muslims say…
      It does not mean I am faithless…Neither the one who prays for 24 hours …
      Your god is in your genes…
      You are born with honest genes you can never kill even if you are godless…
      Armenians were more powerful when they believed in many gods…

      My God is Gomidas…
      Where i can see him and can sing with him
      Even he is not with me physically
      But mentally and heartily always…
      He lives in my cardiomyocytes…
      Thus…find your god…and face your enemies…
      Remember Der Zor desert…
      Still Armenian skulls are burning under the sun…Uncanned…!!!
      SP

  3. What is your price then? You never give a price. I’m planning to save money, even though I didn’t kill anybody. I really want to pay, what is my share?

  4. Dear Sylva,
    I know you have a heart of gold and you mean well, but I have the need to say a few words in response to your comment.
    I will keep my thougths on American gun ownership and its consequences to myself. However, I know that at least some Armenians owned guns before the Genocide. They were all confiscated as part of the plan, and those who did not have guns had to buy them and turn them in to the authorities. The fact is that a government has a duty of care towards its citizens. In the absence of this nothing helps. The US government daily violates human rights in the name of fighting terrorism and no one can do anything. I agree with Stepan that we have to pray and move forward and rebuild.

    Mert, there will be a total presented. There are figures about this in the billions, so I am glad you are thinking of saving your pennies!!

  5. Ahmet
    parroting outside of a courtroom is much more enjoyable than the facts presented in a trial so it is not possible for Armenians to confront the facts on the ground

  6. To dear Stepan,
    May I make a slight correction.?
    Artsakh was not cannot be classified as ¨a miracle¨….WE fought fiercely there,like at Sardarapat…
    RA-Armenia could probably classified as such, i.e. a miracle and that due to THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION…indeed,as we all know.
    On the threshold of the NEW YEAR 2013…
    ==========================================================0
    My heartfelt wishes to all hayortis here, who will aspire for a new renovated Diaspora with a Supreme Council and a NATIONAL INVESTMENT RUST FUND.
    Hope to see all our aspirations come true and be realized…
    Please one small request.I know all will continue here with the usual give and take with the Turks or whoever they are..
    That is a good discussion-debate circle…BUT I WISH TO ENCOURAGE YOU all to joiun a Professional Colleagues asso.c If besides the 5 that we do have yours does fall into these then creat one.-
    THE FIVE ARE .1Health Medical,2. Engineeersw& Sci,3.the BAR,4.the Sportive ,5.The Jewellers(to enlap all furnishings.
    10 more are to be formed :-6-The Travel& Transport.7.The Construction field,8. Communications & IT,9 Education & Culture, 10. Environmenta& Forestry.11.Mines and industries.12.Banking 6 Finance, 13, Food & Catering.14. The agricultural, 15.The Press& Advertising.
    Once we are classified in droves in these and start to mingle and then elect 3 person rep.s to Inter-professional org.,plus ask the traditional political parties to join in with 3 person each and one ea from our Spiritual denomination we shall ahve achieved REal participation & Representation.

  7. I completely agree with Silva. Thank you Silva for your comment, it is high time we address this in public. Rather than building churches the right thing was to built fortresses like our Urardian ancestors did. What happened ? Once we were a martial nation and had leaders like Tigran… what the hell happened ? The answer is obvious… I am surprised some of you are still proposing to pray…This is so sad……

    • Obviously praying will get you nowhere. Buy guns. The biggest guns possible. Get the Bomb! At the same time increase the population. Double it. Triple it. I was so upbeat when I was in Artsakh in 2011. Seeing these young and happy couples strolling down the main square in the evening hours with so many of their own children running around in all directions. It was an unbelievable sight full of hope for the future.

      What happened of our martial state? Well first, it was short lived, second we became the first nation to accept Christianity in 301 AD, and we keep repeating this fact today, as if anybody cares. Then the biggest turn in Armenian history happened when the Romans dropped their protection of us (because they had bigger fish to fry in Europe), and thus we were left alone to defend ourselves against the Persians, Arabs, Seljouks and the rest is history. They all took turns in reducing our numbers by slaughtering us. In the meantime we turned spiritual, perhaps hoping that God will save us and built monasteries to develop monks (instead of warriors), who copied holy books, some of which are displayed at the Madenataran. One thing the church did which is undeniable is that, it kept our language, names, national identity and our traditions alive; without it, we would have been long called Mustapha, Ali, Ahmet, etc.

      Today, the liberation of Artsakh has given us fresh impetus. We can fight and win again. The days of walking to the slaughterhouse are over. Back to my original point: RoA, buy the biggest guns!!

  8. Turkey is in depth. My New Years wishes for Turkey is to start getting out of depth to Armenian nation and other victims of the Genocide. And most of all get out of depth to God that they betrayed to cover up their WWI betrayls.

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