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Events marking Armenian Genocide anniv. in Australia get venues, dates

Events marking Armenian Genocide anniv. in Australia get venues, dates

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee (AGCC) has announced the schedule of events organised to commemorate the 104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Australia.

The National Armenian Genocide Commemoration Evening in Sydney, will featuring as keynote speaker the Vice President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Dr. Melanie O'Brien. The event will take place on April 24 at The Concourse in Chatswood.

The Melbourne Evening will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Donna Lee Frieze and is set to take place again on April 24 at Springvale Town Hall, Springvale.

The annual wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 104th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Adelaide will take place on Wednesday 24 April 2019 at the Migration Museum.

The Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Brisbane will take place on April 24. That same day,Holy Mass and Wreath Laying will be offered at Beauchamp Park, Willoughby.

On April 26,the Western Sydney Armenian Genocide Commemoration Evening will take place at the Redgum Centre.

The Melbourne Armenian Genocide March for Justice will take place on the next day on April 27 from the VIC State Library.

The Sydney #MARCHFORJUSTICE will take place on April 28. It will begin at the Hyde Park Fountain in Sydney and end with a special program at First Fleet Park in Circular Quay.

Armenians commemorate the mass killings on April 24 because on that date in 1915 a group of Armenian intellectuals was rounded up and assassinated in Constantinople by the Ottoman government. On April 24, Armenians worldwide will be commemorating the 104th anniversary of the Genocide which continued until 1923. Some three dozen countries, hundreds of local government bodies and international organizations have so far recognized the killings of 1.5 million Armenians as Genocide. Turkey denies to this day.

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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