Signature in Zurich of the protocol aiming at normalizing the diplomatic ties between the two Countries after years of chill. The ceremony enjoyed the contributions by the EU, US, French, Russian and Swiss representatives. In the opinion of the Armenian Consul Pietro Kuciukian, the protocol is a symbol of the "willingness of renewal".
94 years after the extermination of the Armenian people, there are more and more initiatives to defend the historical truth and the Armenian communities from all over the world mobilize against Turkey's denialism to commemorate the sad anniversary of the "forgotten genocide", the Metz Yeghern.
For generations, the Turks ignored the very existence of the Armenian genocide. Todate, instead, they are forced to face its aweful numbers: 972.000 victims between 1915 and 1916 only.
The massacre of millions Armenians during World War I was a genocide. This is the content of the non-binding resolution approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress with a 23 to 22 vote. The Committee's ballot is not binding but it is a step towards the Congress official resolution.
On 5th December four Turkish intellectuals, soon joined by 300 colleagues, published an open letter over the Internet, and in less than 24 hours it collected more than 2,500 signatures; it happened while journalists such as Alberto Rosselli and Dogan Ozguden are threatened by Turkish extremists for publicly facing the issue of the Armenian Genocide.
The Turkish writer, persecuted for having dared to speak out against his country’s responsibility in the 1915 Armenian genocide, received the Nobel Prize for Literature 2006 in Stockholm.
His works include: The White Castle (1990), The Black Book (1994), The New Life (1997), My Name is Red (2001), Snow (2004), Istanbul (2005).
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".