The rights of Artsakh people in the spotlight in Brussels

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European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy - EAFJD February 2018                                             Newsletter #2The rights of Artsakh people in the spotlight in Brussels 

“Nagorno Karabakh must be the primary subject and not an object of the Peace Process”, prominent international scholars say

On February 27 members of the European Parliament Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE) and Lars Adaktusson (EPP) hosted a public debate featuring prominent international scholars and diplomats including Dr. Alfred de Zayas, Dr. Paul Williams, Dr. Sergey Markedonov. Deputy Foreign Minister of the Artsakh Republic Armine Aleksanyan also took part at the discussion. The speakers addressed developments in international law, the status of the negotiations, and recommendations for achieving a peaceful resolution in Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh). Read more 

Kaspar Karampetian: “Azerbaijan’s request to Interpol for international arrest warrant against me is nonsense”

There are no relevant international legal provisions to prevent any European citizen to visit Artsakh to get acquainted with the situation on the ground. It is their right to do so. The Council of the European Union has clearly stated that EU representatives should have an unconditional access to Artsakh, Karampetian commented. Read more

The Dutch Parliament recognizes the Armenian Genocide
The Netherlands recognize 1915 Armenian massacres as Genocide.  
Also, the Dutch government will officially participate in the Armenian Genocide commemorations in Yerevan every 5 years, as of this April.

Listen to EAFJD's comments to RFI here.
Armenia cancels Armenia-Turkey protocols
EAFJD President Kaspar Karampetian welcomes Armenian government's decision to nullify the Armenian-Turkish protocol ratification process.

How can Armenia sign an agreement with Turkey when the latter sees the Nagorno Karabakh issue as a precondition for signing. Moreover, the Turkish Authorities directly backed Azerbaijan’s aggression in April 2016  read the entire interview here
Sixteen European Parliamentarians are asking Federica Mogherini why EU officials do not visit Nagorno Karabakh

Sixteen  MEPs, led by  Anders Primdahl Vistisen (ECR), ask why the EU Special Representatives for the South Caucasus and crisis in Georgia and other EU officials have never visited Artsakh, despite having the legal basis to do so. The Parliamentarians believe that it is vital to visit Nagorno Karabakh and take into consideration the perspective of its people in order to reach the resolution of this conflict.
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Three decades have passed since the tragic massacres of Sumgait
In 1988 the Azerbaijani Authorities committed massacres against Armenian civilians living in Sumgait. Later more pogroms followed in Baku, Maraga and Kirovabad. These atrocities came as a response to the peaceful demonstrations of Armenians in Nagorno Karabakh demanding the Soviet Authorities to recognize their right to self-determination.

Armenians in Belgium commemorated the 30th anniversary of those violent acts at the Armenian Genocide memorial in Brussels.  
EAFJD Vahan Hovhannisyan Internship Program launched
The EAFJD Vahan Hovhannisyan Internship Program was officially launched on 8 February 2018. You can regularly follow the activities of our interns on EAFJD social media.

 Marking the 30th anniversary of the Karabakh Movement

MEPs Frank Engel and Eleni Theocharous congratulated the people of Artsakh on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Karabakh Movement.The  European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) is an umbrella organization with members in 14 European countries and represents a significant part of the Armenian diaspora in Europe.​


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