Representatives of Turkish and European Organizations in Yerevan

For 95 years no events commemorating the Armenian Genocide were organized in Turkey. Everything changed in 2010 when an event honoring the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide was organized at Istanbul’s Taksim Square. In recent years, AGBU Europe has supported the organization and realization of the commemorative events of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey initiated by EGAM (European Grassroots Antiracist Movement) from France, Turkish DurDe! (Say Stop to Racism and Nationalism) and IHD, a Turkish Human Rights Association. For the third consecutive year, following the commemorative events organized in Turkey on April 24, an international delegation of the representatives of these organizations also visit Armenia with the support of AGBU Europe with the aim of sharing their impressions and programs, meeting with the representatives of civil society, members of the NGOs dealing with Armenian-Turkish relations, as well as visit the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial of the Armenian Genocide. This year again, after commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey, a delegation of 8 people representing the above mentioned organizations headed to Yerevan. On April 26th, accompanied by AGBU Yerevan the group visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial and laid flowers at the eternal fire. They also visited the Genocide Museum, walked through the newly opened halls of the Museum and met the Director of the Genocide Museum-Institute Hayk Demoyan. On April 27th, a press conference was organized for the international delegation at the AGBU Yerevan office. AGBU Interim Director Hovig Eordekian also participated. “The recognition of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey is a continuous process, which will result in fundamental changes of historical consciousness of the Turkish people. The attention of international society and enforcement of Turkish non-governmental organizations may force Turkey to recognize the evidence of the Armenian Genocide and fulfill the demands of the Armenian people. This is the 6th time we have honored the memory of the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide in Istanbul. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the number of people at this year’s demonstration was more than we could expect. Various news agencies showed great interest in these events”, said Levent Şensever, the Co-founder and speaker of DurDe, Turkey. The members of the delegation spoke about the events and demonstrations organized in Turkey, changes in the attitudes of people and their participation in the demonstrations, enforcements applied by the authorities and organizing the Gallipoli event, the importance of the 100th Anniversary of the Genocide and the future plans. EGAM President Benjamin Abtan said, “Denials and enforcements will still remain, but, this movement exists regardless and it is indivertible and the Turkish Government realizes the importance of this movement. Nothing ends with the 100th anniversary; on the contrary, it is the beginning of a new page and a new struggle. We will continue our struggle”.





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