Παρασκευή, 10 Δεκεμβρίου 2010

International Conference The Crime of Genocide




An international conference on "The Crime of Genocide: Prevention, Condemnation and Elimination of Consequences" will take place in Yerevan on December 14 and 15.
The conference dedicated to the adoption of the UN Convention on prevention and condemnation of the crime of genocide will feature scholars from about 20 countries.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian will make speeches at the conference.

THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE: PREVENTION, CONDEMNATION AND
ELIMINATION OF CONSEQUENCES


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
IN THE LIGHT OF THE UN CONVENTION ON THE PREVENTION AND PUNISHMENT OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE

14-15 December 2010, YerevanHotel “Ani Plaza”


Day 1 – December 14, 2010, Tuesday

10.00 – 10.30 – Registration
“Ani hall”, hotel “Ani Plaza”
Coffee & Tea

10.30 – 11.00 – Opening of the conference

Opening remarks:
Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia

Opening addresses:
Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia
UN representative (tbc)

11.00 – 13.00 – First Session. “Incentives and Objectives of Elaboration and Adoption of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide”

Moderator: Arman Kirakossyan, Deputy Foreign Minister

- Yves Ternon (France) - Decisive Role of Rafael Lemkin in Elaboration and Adoption of the Convention of 1948
- Leandro Despouy (Argentine) - Recognition of the Armenian genocide in the United Nations
- Israel Charny (Israel) - Right to life: Proposal of a worldwide organization of genocide victim peoples, and all caring people, on behalf of the right to life of all peoples
- Donna-Lee Frieze (Australia) - “Genos – the Human Group”: How the Concept of “Culture” Underscores Raphael Lemkin’s Notion of “Genocide
- (tbc)


13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch

14.15 – 16.00 – Second Session. “Legal Aspects of Genocide and the Problem of Responsibility”

Moderator: Nikolay Hovhannisyan – Advisor to the Director of the Institute of Orientology, NAS RA

- William Schabas (Ireland) - Law, Genocide and History
- Francois Roelan du Vivier (Belgium) - Prosecution of genocide denial criminal law: The case of Belgium
- Taner Akcam (USA) - Legal Definition of Genocide in understanding the Armenian Genocide
- Richard Hovhannisian (USA) - Obstacles to Legal Remedies: The Role of Neo-Deniers
- Tessa Hofmann (Germany) - The “Cold Cases” of Genocide: The Meaning and Limits of Condemnation by Legislative Bodies
- Ayman Abdel Aziz Salama (Egypt) - Legal Aspect of Responsibility of Turkish Government for the Armenian Genocide
- (tbc)


16.00 – 16.15 – Coffee break

16.15 – 18.00 – Third Session. “Genocides in the Modern World and the Means for Their Prevention”

Moderator: Hayk Demoyan – Director of Armenian Genocide Museum - Institute

- Frank Chalk (Canada) - Preventing genocide in the 21st century
- Matthias Bjørnlund (Denmark) - How not to prevent genocides: The act of forgetting the Armenian genocide in Scandinavia in the 1920s’
- Mohammed Rifat (Egypt) - Massacres of Adana – April 1909 and its Impacts in Egypt
- Theofanis Malkidis (Greece) - The Crime of Genocide and the Case of Greek Genocide
- Ruben Safrastyan (Armenia) - Genesis of Program of Genocide in the Ottoman Empire 1876 -1920
- Enzo Maria Le Fevre (Italy/Hungary) - The Construction of a Global Architecture for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities
- Tetsushi Ogata (Japan) - Toward a model of Engaging Governments in a network of Genocide Prevention


18.00 – 19.00 – Discussions

20.00 – Reception
“Ani hall”, hotel “Ani Plaza”


Day 2 – December 15, Wednesday

08.30 – Departure to Tsitsernakaberd

09.00 – 10.00 – Visit to the Monument and Museum / Institute of victims of the Armenian Genocide
Planting of a tree

10.30 – 12.45 – Fourth Session. “Elimination of the Consequences of Genocide”

Moderator: Vladimir Vardanyan - Constitutional Court of Armenia

- Tigran Kuyumjian (USA) – The Crime against Cultural Heritage and Historical Memory: The Question of “Abandoned Property”
- Anthonie Holslag (Netherlands) – The long-term consequences of genocide in the Diaspora
- Armen Marsoobian (USA) – The Crime of Genocide: The Moral Imperative to Remember, Acknowledge and Repair
- Peter Balakian (USA) – The Problem of Responsibility and the Destruction of Cultural Property
- Wa’il Nicholas Khair (Lebanon) - Genocide. Background, Convention and the Prospects
- Seda Parsamyan (Armenia) – Cultural Genocide as a state policy and issue of responsibility

11.30 – 11.45 – Coffee Break,

12.45 – 13.00 – Closing remarks:
Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia

13.15 – 14.15 – Lunch

14.45 – Departure to Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

15.30 – Meeting with His Holiness Karekin II Surpreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians