La Fédération des Associations Kurdes de France condamne l’arrêt Perincek de la CEDH

(armenews.com) – Selon la Cour européenne des Droits de l’Homme (CEDH), le fait de nier le génocide arménien ne constitue pas un abus de droit au sens de l’article 17 de la Convention de sauvegarde des droits de l’homme.

Dans un arrêt rendu le 17 décembre 2013, la CEDH considère que les propos négationnistes tenus lors de conférences en Suisse par le Président du parti des travailleurs de Turquie, Dogu Perinçek, relèvent de la liberté d’expression garantie par l’article 10 de la Convention. Elle en déduit qu’en condamnant Dogu Perinçek en raison desdits propos, la Suisse a violé cette disposition.

Cette décision est choquante et inadmissible, autant pour les Arméniens que pour les autres peuples victimes de génocides et de massacres en Turquie, principalement les Kurdes et les Assyriens.

La Fédération des Associations Kurdes de France condamne cette atteinte à la mémoire et la dignité des Arméniens. 05/02/2014

Fédération des Associations Kurdes de France (FEYKA) 16, rue d’Enghien – 75010 Paris

Address of President Serzh Sargsyan to the Conference dedicated to the 90th Anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s Arbitral Award

Dear Participants of the Conference,

Ninety years ago on this day – November 22, 1920, the President of the United States Woodrow Wilson made an Arbitral Award regarding Armenia’s borders.

It was probably one of the most momentous events for our nation in the 20th century which was called up to reestablish historic justice and eliminate consequences of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated in the Ottoman Empire. The Arbitral Award defined and recognized internationally Armenia’s borders within which the Armenian people, who had gone through hell of Mets Eghern, were to build their statehood.

Perfidy and brutal force thwarted opportunities for calling President Wilson’s Arbitral Award to life. Nevertheless, its significance is not to be underestimated: through that decision the aspiration of the Armenian people for the lost Motherland had obtained vital and legal force.

With the collapse of empires after World War I, a number of European nations had been endowed with the opportunity to achieve self-determination through the creation of their own nation states. President Wilson wished for Armenia to be one of those nations which would employ all opportunities offered by the European civilization. He knew what the responsibility of a great state means; he didn’t not ignore sufferings of small nations.

Even today, through the power of his historic legacy, Woodrow Wilson entreats to strengthen international law, prevent genocides and undertake measures to restrain the impunity of brutal force. He is the one whom the grateful Armenian nation remembers and will remember for ever as an advocate of justice and a true friend.

Scientific studies and analysis of that historic ruling are of utmost importance, and I wish the Conference productive works.