Issues of Interest & Concern

Issues that the ARF-D is following with interest and/or concern.

Armenian Parliament Elects Arman Tatoyan as Human Rights Defender

(parliament.am) On February 23, the Parliament of Armenia continued the work of the regular four-day sittings. The deputies Alexander Arzumanyan, Heghine Bisharyan, Aram Manukyan, Rubik Hakobyan, Ishkhan Khachatryan, Levon Dokholyan, Tevan Poghosyan exchanged their opinions on the Human Rights Defender’s candidate. The Parliamentary Factions (Rule of Law – Heghine Bisharyan, the ARF-D – Artsvik Minasyan,…

Turkey, Using ISIS, Plans to Invade North Syria, Warns ARF-D

YEREVAN—The Bureau of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) issued an announcement, through which it advances the notion that Turkey’s recent posturing vis-à-vis the tensions in the Middle East suggest a plan by Ankara to invade northern Syria. Below is the translated text of the ARF-D Bureau announcement. Despite Turkey’s role during the duration of the…

His Holiness Aram I Shared the Concerns of Middle Eastern Christians with President Obama on Behalf of the Eastern Patriarchs

ANTELIAS, LEBANON – On Thursday, September 11th, the spiritual leaders of the Middle Eastern Maronite, Armenian, Syrian Orthodox, Greek Catholic and Syrian Catholic churches who had gathered with for a Christian conference in Washington, DC, held an hour long meeting with President Obama, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and other key White House staff also…

Syria’s Armenian Villages of Kesab Targeted by Al-Qaeda Front Groups in Cross-Border Attack from Turkey

— Reports cite 80 Dead; Civilian Hostages Taken; Churches Desecrated KESAB, SYRIA – The Armenian populated villages of Kesab (Kessab, Kasab), Syria were the target of three days of brutal cross-border attacks from Turkey by al-Qaeda affiliated armed bands, which have cost 80 lives and forced the civilian population of the area to flee for…

ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY, TO PARTICIPATE AT THE 58TH SESSION OF THE UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY, INC.TO PARTICIPATE AT THE 58TH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN AT THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK CITY The Armenian Relief Society, Inc., as an ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organization (NGO), is again participating and hosting multiple panel discussions at this year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of…

“Help Your Brother” To Provide Food Aid To 500 Syrian Armenian Families

The “Help Your Brother” foundation continues providing assistance to Syrian Armenians especially those having settled in Armenia. From February 12 and for five days on, from 12:00-18:00 pm, and with the cooperation of the Christian Medical Association food aid will be supplied to around 500 Syrian Armenian families at the Armenian Scouts’ Organization offices (17/6…

Switzerland Must Appeal European Court’s Verdict On The Armenian Genocide

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier The European Court of Human Rights issued last week a critical Armenian Genocide-related ruling in the case of Dogu Perincek vs. Switzerland. Perincek, the leader of a minor Turkish political party, had traveled to Switzerland in 2005 with the intention of daring the Swiss authorities to punish him…