What Happened To The Promise? The Situation of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020. Watch the Westminster Symposium discussing the lessons to be learned from the Armenian Genocide.
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Published on 21 Dec 2020
The Armenian genocide took place between 1915 and 1923 when 1.5 million ethnic Armenians were arrested, deported or murdered by the Ottoman Empire. Currently, some 32 countries recognise the events as meeting the legal definition of genocide. The formal recognition of historic cases as genocide is not a matter of semantics. Such a formal recognition is crucial for survivors and their families in their efforts to move on. It is crucial for reconciliation and discovery of the truth. It is also crucial to deter similar crimes in the future, to ensure that such atrocities do not happen again. However, as in the case of Armenians, in 2020, we see early warning signs that the practices that targeted the communities over 100 years ago in the Ottoman Empire are being reinforced yet again. The panellists discuss the warning signs of mass atrocities and the needed responses to ensure that the Armenians are not let down yet again. Speakers include: Lord David Alton of Liverpool, Crossbench peer at the UK House of Lords, Patron of the Coalition for Genocide Response Baroness Caroline Cox, Crossbench peer at the UK House of Lords, Founder of HART Geoffrey Robertson QC, Founder and joint head of Doughty Street Chambers Gulnara Shahinian, human rights expert and author