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Bucharest hosts scientific conference on Armenian Genocide

Bucharest hosts scientific conference on Armenian Genocide

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Bucharest Municipality Museum on October 13-14 hosted a scientific conference on the Armenian Genocide.

Titled "The Armenian Genocide: History, Memory, Responsibility," the event was organized by the Armenian Union of Romania, the Orbis Tertius association, Lepsiushouse Podstam and the Bucharest Municipality Museum.

The conference featured five panels and a total of 15 reports, all dedicated to the historical, political, legal, demographic, religious and moral aspects of the Genocide.

Also, issues of the international recognition, the history of the Armenian Diaspora and other questions were in the limelight.

Each panel was concluded with a Q&A session and exchange of opinions.

The Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide (1915-23) was the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was characterized by massacres and deportations, involving forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees, with the total number of deaths reaching 1.5 million.

The majority of Armenian Diaspora communities were formed by the Genocide survivors.

Present-day Turkey denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide, justifying the atrocities as “deportation to secure Armenians”. Only a few Turkish intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and scholar Taner Akcam, speak openly about the necessity to recognize this crime against humanity.

The Armenian Genocide was recognized by Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, Italy, 45 U.S. states, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Argentina, Belgium, Austria, Wales, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, the Vatican, Luxembourg, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Sweden, Venezuela, Slovakia, Syria, Vatican, as well as the European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

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