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New Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights Launched

International Institute to Seek Just Resolution of the Armenian Genocide; Defend Artsakh’s Right to Independence

YEREVAN—The Armenian Legal Center for Justice & Human Rights (ALC)–a new Washington, D.C.-based international legal institute was announced today at a press conference in Yerevan. The ALC will operate in the public interest and is dedicated to advancing sustainable solutions to the ongoing global, national, community, and individual costs and consequences of the Armenian Genocide.

The Armenian Legal Center for Justice & Human Rights (ALC)–a new Washington, D.C.-based international legal institute was announced today at a press conference in Yerevan.

With Armenian communities besieged around the world by an unrepentant Turkey that blockades and fans the flames of war against the Armenians of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh/NKR), denies religious and human rights to the indigenous Armenians of present-day Turkey, and attempts to silence the Diaspora communities around the world, the lack of accountability for the Genocide continues to grossly impact the human rights of Armenians today.

Through the use of national and international courts and forums, ALC will seek a just resolution of the Armenian Genocide and to defend Artsakh’s right to independence. ALC will seek to coordinate the claims of victims of human rights abuses, identify potential claimants, investigate abuses, and gather the necessary evidence.

“The ALC looks forward to working in concert with all quarters of the worldwide Armenian community, to address the geo-political, territorial and macro-economic implications of the Republic of Turkey’s and others’ responsibility for the Armenian Genocide, including those related to the Western Armenian homeland, the payment of reparations to the Republic of Armenia and relevant Diasporan and other stakeholders, and the future of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabagh, whose independent status and regional security today face challenges in the international arena, in large measure, due to the Armenian Genocide,” explained Kenneth Hachikian, Chairman.

ALC Chairman Ken Hachikian and ALC Board Member Giro Manoyan announce the launching of the Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights at a press conference in Yerevan.

Parallel to its international and national level legal activity, the Center will focus on justice-based solutions to the vast array of collective properties and other assets stolen or confiscated during the Genocide, including those involving churches, religious sites, foundations, schools, museums, artwork, artifacts, books, and other resources.

ALC will document the expropriation of Armenian national, community, and personal properties in an effort to find lasting solutions for peace and stability in the region based on justice and accountability.

“The ALC—in seeking redress for the Genocide in national and international legal arenas – is committed to securing justice for all stakeholders, including those continuing to experience injury from this crime. More broadly, as an organization committed to the global human rights movement, the ALC will also work to prevent future atrocities by helping to establish legal precedents and promoting policy-making frameworks that align with international law and global humanitarian values,” said Giro Manoyan, ALC Board of Directors member.

At the turn of the century, the territory of modern-day Turkey was home to a large, ancient, and vibrant indigenous Christian population, comprised of millions of Armenians, Greeks, Pontians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Syriacs, accounting for around 25% of the population. Today, these same communities account for less than 0.1% of Turkey’s population, individuals have been prosecuted for discussing or writing about the genocide committed against them, and Turkey coordinates closely with Azerbaijan to blockade Armenia and Artsakh, inhabited by the grandchildren of the men and women it sought to annihilate.

Decades later, it is clear that a model based on justice not genocide is desperately needed. The ALC will fill this void.

Kate Nahapetian, an attorney with experience litigating class actions, who has advocated for Armenian Americans in Washington, DC for over ten years, will be ALC’s Executive Director. Ms. Nahapetian has worked previously for the Armenian National Committee of America, U.S. Department of Justice, then Senator Joseph Biden, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She received a J.D. with a focus on international and human rights law from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, which was partly funded through the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Ms. Nahapetian is a member of the California and New York bars, but not yet a member of the DC Bar. Her practice is currently limited to cases in federal court.

The ALC will be headquartered in Washington D.C., but will have an international focus as will be appropriate for the various avenues that it seeks redress through. Board members are from both Armenia and the broad Diasporan community throughout the world.

The Board of Directors will be chaired by Kenneth Hachikian (USA), long active in advocacy efforts for our community, and includes Garo Armenian (USA), Steve Dadaian (USA), Hagop Der Khatchadourian (Canada), Kevork Hagopjian (Austria), Raffi Hamparian (USA), Khajaque Kortian (Australia), Giro Manoyan (Armenia), Edvin Minassian (USA), Yervant Pamboukian (Lebanon), Raffi Sarkissian (Canada), Dr. Henry Theriault (USA), Dr. Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia), and Vahe Yacoubian (USA).

There will also be a broadly representative Advisory Board consisting of experts in international law, human rights and in other fields relevant to the work of the ALC.

The ALC was started with a generous grant from the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Endowment Fund and will be seeking community financial and moral support to expand its efforts.

To learn more and donate, please visit www.armenianlegal.org.

8 Comments on New Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights Launched

  1. This is exciting, but it would be nice to see some women on the Board!

  2. BRAVO!

  3. Finally. This has been long overdue.
    If you have a moment, see my article in Keghart ” Practical Action for overdue Reparations”. It was published in 5/12/2016. Currently is on page 6 of Keghart.
    Germany has paid and continues to pay huge amounts of money for the victims of Holocaust.
    Turkey has gone away with murder. Paid zero- zilch.
    Wish the ALC success. Hope they are effective.
    Vart Adjemian

  4. avatar Verna Khantzian // September 28, 2016 at 1:37 pm // Reply

    Excellent. Thank you!!!
    Similar to the ACLJ,- ‘American Center for Law and Justice’in DC for Christian, faith, moral and legal issues.

  5. avatar Verna Khantzian // September 28, 2016 at 1:39 pm // Reply

    Excellent. Thank you!!!!!
    Similar to ACLJ for other issues.

  6. Dear Friends,
    From the newspaper today: AZERBAIJAN REFERENDUM: Preliminary results show a sweeping majority of voters support extending the presidential term of Ilham Aliyev who has been in power since 2003. Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission chief Mazahir Panahov said that with virtually all ballots counted from Monday’s referendum, 84.2 percent of the votes backed a constitutional amendment extending the presidential term from five to seven years. Some opponents say the changes would cement what they see as effectively a dynastic rule in the oil-rich Caspian Sea nation that has come under frequent criticism from abroad for alleged human rights abuses and suppression of dissent.
    NOW WE KNOW WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE LEADERS IN ARMENIA AND IN THE DIASPORA WHO WILL WORK 100 PERCENT TO ENSURE THE STABILITY, SAFETY, PROGRESS, AND ECONOMIC GROWTH OF ARMENIA AND ALSO TO WORK ON GENOCIDE RECOGNITION ALL AROUND THE WORLD IN EVERY COUNTY.
    KEEP THE FAITH! WORK FOR OUR CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, CHARITABLE AND CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS. WE DO NOT HAVE THE OPTION TO RELAX. THERE ARE TERRIBLE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO DO NOT GIVE A RAT’S ASS FOR THE SURVIVAL OF OUR NATION.
    ELLEN
    Go to Youtube: Scars He carried (5 videos)

  7. great- this is fantastic- all the power to you people. it is high time that SCUMS like erdogan and aliyev and the rest get what they deserve.

  8. avatar Sarkis Satian // January 29, 2017 at 8:09 am // Reply

    Much needed idea.
    I would have like to see a by partisan participation and effort.

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