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Armenians and Azeris

a difficult path to peace

On 28 Febbraio the world commemorated the Sumgait pogrom, a massacre of Armenians which unleashed the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh back in 1988.

This region between Armenia and Azerbaijan now witnesses an escalation of violence which has been increasing the risk of a resumption of a war already costed 3,000 deaths. This was underlined in a report of the International Crisis Group. According to this research centre there can be "devastating regional consequences" unless tension surged after the 2009 rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey is easened.

Armenia's Honorary Consul to Italy Pietro Kuciukian stepped in to advocate peace in a region, a peace based on responsibility of the single individuals who can oppose the national policies of their governments and the persecution of the people of different ethnic groups.

read the full article by Pietro Kuciukian

1 March 2011

Crimes of genocide and against the humankind

the denial of the individual's value

The first legal definition in the domain of mass persecution dates back to 1915 and concerns the massacres of the Armenian populations perpetrated by the Turks, which were followed by the trials of the perpetrators before the Martial Court. In the Treaty of Sèvres in 1920 the Great Powers use the terms "crimes against civilization" and "crimes of lèse-humanity". In the aftermath of Second World War, face the Holocaust tragedy, the Military Tribunal of the Nurnberger Trials against Nazi officials started the proceeding by stating the crimes on which it was competent... On 9 December 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously approved the Convention for the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide, which is considered as the most heinous crime against Humanity. 

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Flavia Agnes

a lawyer for women’s rights, writer and activist of gender issues