Gérard Malkassian is one of the promoters of call "We make a dream, together" that was launched on the centenary of the Armenian genocide. The text raised issues like the wish for a peaceful future based on dialogue for Turkey and Armenia, and stimulated a conversation with Gabriele Nissim on the possible reconciliation pathways for these two peoples.
"Return Kamp Armen to the Armenians" is the slogan of the protest march called at 19:30 downtown Istanbul for the return of the former orphanage and summer camp to their rightful owners. A rally will also take place in Ankara. Since 52 days Kamp Armen Solidarity movement and the Armenian youth organization Nor Zartonk are occupying the site after blocking the demolition of the camp.
What are the newest developments in the Turkish-Armenian relations in the year of the centenary of the Armenian genocide? What do the recent elections in Turkey mean for the Armenians? We hereby publish in French the article that Professor Michel Marian published in the last issue of Nouvelles d'Arménie.
Kamp Armen, the former orphanage and childrens camp that hosted also Hrant and Rakel Dink, will be returned to the Gedikpaşa Armenian Protestant Church Foundation, thanks to the struggle led by civil society groups. A historic victory for the Armenian community, in the century of the Armenian Genocide.
Israel Charny and Yair Auron were invited by the Armenian government to speak at the Centennial Observance of the Armenian Genocide in Yerevan, in April 2015. Here is one of their Haaretz articles criticizing Israel for allegedly refusing recognition to the Armenian Genocide out of a "self-serving" attitude.
In Turkey, besides the denial of the nationalists and Kemalists, there are now many citizens keen to learn about the historical truth of the Armenian genocide, says Sibel Asna, a founding member of the Hrant Dink Foundation, which since 2007 works to develop a culture of dialogue and peace.
the genocide of the Armenians
In the framework of first world war (1914-1918), in the area of the Ottoman Empire, in Turkey, we witness the unfolding of the genocide of the Armenian people (1915 – 1923), the first of the Twentieth century. Through it the government of the "Young Turks", which seized power in 1908, carried out the elimination of the Armenian ethnic group, which has inhabited the Anatolic area since the Seventh century b.C..
In the memory of the Armenian people, and also according to the historian's estimates, two thirds of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, nearly 1,500,000 people, perished. Many were the children forced to convert to Islam and the women sent to the harems. The deportation and extermination of 1915 were preceded by the pogroms of 1894-96 planned by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and by those of 1909 carried out by the government of the "Young Turks".