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Event in the European Parliament dedicated to anti-Armenian pogroms in Baku.

European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy - EAFJD
January-February 2020                            Newsletter #19Standing for the Rights of the Armenian People

Event in the European Parliament dedicated to anti-Armenian pogroms in Baku.

On 5 February 2020, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the pogroms against the Armenian population of Baku, a conference was organized in the European Parliament. It was hosted by  the Member of the European Parliament Costas Mavrides (S&D Group, Cyprus).
The event, entitled “The Forgotten Refugees: What Happened to the Armenians of Baku?” was co-organized by the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) and the Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the European Union.

The keynote speakers were the British humanitarian, Life Peer and former deputy speaker of the House of Lords Baroness Caroline Cox and eye-witnesses Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte, an American-Armenian author and human rights advocate as well as David Babaev, a lecturer at “Université Libre de Bruxelles”. Both are survivors of the Baku pogroms. Read more on the event here .

In his opening remark, the EAFJD President Kaspar Karampetian reminded: “In its resolutions of 1990 the European Parliament unequivocally condemned the pogroms perpetrated against the Armenians by the Azerbaijani authorities, namely in Sumgait, Kirovabad and Baku”. See European Parliament's resolution about Baku pogroms here.

Watch the report by the Public TV of Armenia about the conference  here  (in Armenian).

ECHR: Azerbaijan is responsible for the torture and death of Armenian captive

On 30 January 2020, in the Saribekyan/Balyan v. Azerbaijan case, the European Court of Human Rights passed a verdict which states that the Azerbaijani authorities are responsible for the death and torture of Manvel Saribekyan, an Armenian man born in 1990, in a military police department cell.  
The court also indicated that the Azerbaijani authorities had assumed from the outset that Mr. Saribekyan had committed suicide, limiting the scope of the investigation and hampering its efficacy. Read ECHR's judgment here. More on  the latest troubles of the Azerbaijani delegations in Strasbourg here  (in French) .

Armenian cause committees from across the globe gathered in Artsakh

24-28 February 2020, more than 50 representatives from the Armenian cause committees across the globe met up in Yerevan and Stepanakert.
The main topics discussed at the congress included the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the path to the reparations, the activities of the committees aimed at defending the rights of the people of Artsakh, the isolation imposed by Azerbaijan and the fight against the anti-Armenian policy of the Azerbaijani authorities.  Read EAFJD communication officer Harout Chirinian's interview here  (in Armenian) .

Modern issues of the Armenian Cause  seminar took place in Vienna

From 1-3 February 2020, 50 young Armenians across Europe participated in three-day seminar called "Haytadology: modern issues of the Armenian Cause" in Vienna.

EAFJD President Kaspar Karameptian was among the guest-speakers of the seminar organized by the Austrian Armenian Committee for Justice and Democracy. Read more here (in Armenian)

European Parliament "CFSP" resolution does not mention Nagorno Karabakh

As a reaction to the misinformation spread by the Azerbaijani media about a report voted by the European Parliament on the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), MEP Loucas Fourlas in an interview to the Armenian TV Yerkir Media said: "The CFSP has nothing to do with the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh."
EAFJD executive  director Heghine Evinyan added : "The report assesses the state of the foreign policy of the European Union for the year 2018. In this context, it mentions the situation in Abkhazia, Ukraine and Crimea, but it neither mentions Nagorno Karabakh, Armenia nor Azerbaijan."  Watch the interview here ( in Armenian) .Artsakh in the spotlight of European newspapers

Last month two articles on Artsakh were published in European media outlets.

On 16 February, journalist Oliver Maria Schmitt published a half-satirical open letter in the well-known German newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine", sent to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, urging the international recognition of the Republic of Artsakh.  Read the article here (In German) .
In another article published in the Flemish newspaper "Pallieterke", Belgian journalist Jens de Rycke speaks about Armenia and Artsakh as host countries for many Syrian Armenian refugees.  Despite being an unrecognized country and living in geopolitical isolation imposed by Azerbaijan, Artsakh Republic welcomed 30 of these Syrian Armenian families.  Read the article here (In Dutch).

Representatives of Armenian Cause Committees received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia  

On February 23, 2020 the EAFJD president Kaspar Karampetian participated in a meeting between the representatives of the Armenian Cause Committees and the Minister and Vice-Ministers of foreign affairs of Armenia.
The Minister Mnatsakanyan highly valued the conduction of meetings in such format which greatly contributes to the effective implementation of the pan-Armenian agenda. More about the meeting here.

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