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ACA Weekly Update – 3/20/2021


37 US Senators Call on President Biden to Recognize Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led 37 of his Senate colleagues in requesting the Biden administration join the U.S. Congress in officially recognizing the Ottoman Empire’s genocide against the Armenian people. To date, no U.S. president has made it U.S. policy to affirm the historical facts of the Armenian Genocide, which lasted from 1915 to 1923 and resulted in the forced deportation of around 2 million Armenians, 1.5 million of whom were brutally killed.
We join the Armenian community in the United States and around the world in honoring the memory of these victims, and we stand firmly against attempts to pretend that this intentional, organized effort to destroy the Armenian people was anything other than a genocide,” the Senators wrote in a letter to President Biden. “You have correctly stated that American diplomacy and foreign policy must be rooted in our values, including respect for universal rights. Those values require us to acknowledge the truth and do what we can to prevent future genocides and other crimes against humanity.” Read more…

Azerbaijan Destroying and Falsifying Historical Facts of Armenian Monuments in Occupied Territories of Artsakh

YEREVAN — The Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on the international community, particularly UNESCO, to intervene to save the monuments in Azerbajani-occupied territories of Artsakh that have not yet been destroyed becomes urgent.
The call comes after the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visited the occupied territories of the Republic of Artsakh, in particular, the Hadrut region and the city of Shushi, which fell under the Azerbaijani control as a result of the aggression carried out with the direct participation of Turkey and the foreign terrorists fighters.
Throughout the war, the Azerbaijani armed forces committed mass atrocities, including ethnic cleansing and war crimes against the Armenians of Artsakh, in blatant violation of international humanitarian law. Read more…

Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Introduce Resolution Urging Azerbaijan to Release All Prisoners of War

Washington D.C. – Today, the bipartisan co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), David G. Valadao (R-CA), and Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced a resolution calling on Azerbaijan to immediately release all prisoners of war (POWs) and civilians currently detained in the aftermath of the 2020 war in Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh. The resolution was cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 31 Members.
Public reports indicate that as many as 200 Armenian detainees remain in Azerbaijani custody. Under the Geneva Conventions and the November 9, 2020 tripartite statement signed by Armenia, Russia, and Azerbaijan, all parties have an obligation to release prisoners. Armenia has fulfilled this obligation, while the Government of Azerbaijan continues to misrepresent the status of these POWs in an attempt to justify their continued captivity. The resolution also calls on the U.S. State Department to engage with Azerbaijani authorities, including through the OSCE Minsk Group, to demand the immediate release of POWs and captured civilians. Read more…

Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee Announcement

Representatives of the various organizations that comprise the Armenian Genocide Committee (AGC) have been meeting regularly to plan commemorative events for April 24, 2021, the 106th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide.
This year’s remembrance has added significance as 2020, once again, saw the need for the Armenian nation to defend itself against heinous acts of genocide waged by its neighbors during the devastating Artsakh war from September to November, 2020.
During the April 24 commemorations, the AGC, a coalition of the largest Armenian community organizations, will also pay tribute to the thousands of fallen heroes who lost their lives in defense of the Armenian homeland. Read more…

LA County Supervisor Barger Asks Board To Support a Resolution Asking for the Release of ALL Prisoners Detained

LOS ANGELES COUNTY —Supervisor Kathryn Barger introduced a motion to be heard by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 23 asking the Board to support H.Res. 240, a Congressional resolution calling on Azerbaijan to release approximately 200 prisoners of war and civilians who are currently detained as a result of the 2020 war in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, also known as Artsakh.
“I commend the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues and Congressman Adam Schiff for introducing this resolution to immediately redress the tragic circumstances prisoners of war and innocent civilians are enduring,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said.
“When this conflict began, we stood with our Armenian brothers and sisters to ask Azerbaijan to immediately end its dangerous military aggression in Artsakh. The Armenian community deserves peace and we must join in any efforts supporting their resilience and strength.” Read more…

Billboards Call on President Biden to Recognize Armenian Genocide

During March and April 2021, on the eve of the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Peace of Art continues it’s annual campaign by erecting electronic billboards on busy highways in various cities in the state of Massachusetts, in the United States of America. The message on this year’s billboards is “Mr. President, with honor, dignity and courage, recognize the Armenian Genocide.”
According to Daniel Varoujan Hejinian founding President of Peace of Art Inc. ” Mr. Biden sponsored numerous bills in favor of recognizing the Armenian Genocide, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Most recently, during the campaign for president, Mr. Biden promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide and to make human rights a priority if elected president. The Armenian Genocide is a human rights issue. We hope President Biden will have the courage to keep his promise and to recognize the Armenian Genocide.” Read more…


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Հարգելի հայրենակից, Լոս Անջելեսում ՀՀ գլխավոր հյուպատոսությունն այսուհետ հանդես կգա պարբերական տեղեկատուի հրապարակմամբ։ Այն Ձեզ հնարավորություն կտա մի քանի տողով ծանոթանալ մեր աշխատանքներին, ինչպես նաև համառոտ տեղեկություն ստանալ Հայաստանի, Արցախի և սփյուռքի նշանակալից իրադարձություններին՝ մանավանդ մեր ժողովրդի դեմ սանձազերծած պատերազմի պայմաններում:


Updates on the Azerbaijani-Turkish military aggression along the line of contact between Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and Azerbaijan.
Yerevan, November 3-4 2020

– On November 2, at around 18:10 local time, Azerbaijani armed forces opened artillery fire towards the positions of the Armed Forces of  the Republic of Armenia and the settelment of Davit Bek in the Syunik region of Armenia, as a result of which one civilian was killed and two were wounded.

– During the night of  November 2-3,   the Defence Army  of Artsakh led defensive battles in the eastern, south-eastern and southern directions of the Line of Contact and  repelled  the offensive of the Azerbaijani armed forces inflicting heavy losess upon the manpower and equipment, including one tank.
In the early morning of November 3, Azerbaijan opened fire in the direction of the towns of Martuni and Shushi with the use of Smerch MLRS.

– During the day Azerbaijani armed forces, reinforced with foreign terrorist  fighters, launched attacks in southern and northern directions of the front line, but retreated suffering great losses in military equipment and manpower. Azerbaijani armed forces continued subversive penetration attempts in the direction of different settlements, including in the south of Martuni town with the use of armored equipment, air force and artillery but were repelled by the Defence Army of Artsakh. In the northern direction, near Karvachar, Azerbaijani armed forces made infiltration attempts with the use of smoke bombs but were detected and neutralized by artillery fire.

– During the day Azerbaijan continued shelling of the civilian settlements, particularly Shushi, Martuni and the settlements of the Shahumyan region of Artsakh. In the evening Stepanakert was again targeted, including in the direction of Mother and Child Healthcare Center. Two civilians have been wounded in Stepanakert.

In parallel with the targeting of civilian communities, the Azerbaijani
armed forces, especially in recent days, have been deliberately burning
the forested areas of Artsakh. According to preliminary data, they
mainly use banned white phosphorus weapons.
Within the framework of the fact-finding mission of the Artsakh Human
Rights Ombudsman, it was revealed that the deliberate burning of the
forests of Artsakh by the Azerbaijani side is widespread and covers all
regions. According to preliminary data, 1815 hectares of forest area
have already been burned, but fires continue in various areas, and there
is a tendency for rapid growth.
Given the size and geographical coverage of the burned forests, the
population of the Artsakh Republic is facing an environmental
catastrophe, which undermines the environmental security in the region
and contains long-term dangerous consequences for the life and health of
the people of Artsakh. Moreover, the Azerbaijani armed forces, with
these criminal methods, intend to harm the civilian population sheltered
in the forests.
The Ombudsman emphasizes that the deliberate burning of the forests by
the Azerbaijani armed forces is a war crime and calls on the
international community to take practical steps to condemn the
Azerbaijani crimes and punish those responsible.
– Changes in the process of self-isolation and receiving Covid-19 test upon arrival to the Republic of Armenia
– On October 31, 2020, the Government of the Republic of Armenia adopted Decision N 1756-N, making relevant changes in the process of self-isolation and receiving Covid-19 test upon arrival to the Republic of Armenia.

– ՀՀ մուտք գործելիս ինքնամեկուսացման և կորոնավիրուսի թեստը հանձնելու գործընթացում փոփոխությունների վերաբերյալ
2020 թ․ հոկտեմբերի 31-ին ՀՀ կառավարությունն ընդունել է N 1756-Ն որոշումը, որով փոփոխություն է կատարվել ՀՀ մուտք գործելիս ինքնամեկուսացման և կորոնավիրուսի թեստը հանձնելու գործընթացում։

Op-ed by Ambassador Armen Baibourtian, Consul General of Armenia in Los Angeles
“The world’s first Christian nation and a modern democracy is currently facing an existential threat — one that should not exist in the 21st century.”

On November 3rd, five members of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the acts of violence against Artsakh and Armenia and calling upon the United States Congress to support an immediate ceasefire, and reaffirming its support for a free and independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh).

On October 30, the leadership of the Glendale City visited the Consulate General of Armenia in Los Angeles. Mayor Vrej Agajanian presented to the Consul General Ambassador Armen Baibourtian the resolution of the City Council, authored by him, recognizing the independence of the Republic of Artsakh. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the City Council at its October 23rd virtual session.
Brief statement of Ambassador Armen Baibourtian, Consul General of Armenia in Los Angeles regarding the ongoing aggression against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)
A brief statement of Ambassador Armen Baibourtian, Consul General of Armenia in Los Angeles regarding the ongoing aggression against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 4, ARMENPRESS. A captured Syrian mercenary who was fighting for the Azerbaijani military against Artsakh has testified how he, along with hundreds others, were recruited and sent through Turkey.

Yusuf Alaabet al-Hajji, a resident of the village of Ziyadiya in the Jisr al-Shughur region of Idlib province of Syria, told Armenian investigators that he was promised a 2000-dollar monthly payment to fight against Armenians.

Artsakh’s human rights defenders report on Azerbaijani crimes against Artsakh’s civilians have been updated on September 27
A total of 46 civilians, 1 young girls, 7 women and 38 men were killed until November 3, including Azerbaijan. Body injuries total of 144 people 123 people suffered serious injuries. 104 of the latter are male and 19 are female citizens…

Remarks by Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Minister of Foriegn Affairs of Armenia on the 130th Session Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
Mr. President,
I join in the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the signature of the European Convention on Human Rights – a cornerstone treaty in protecting rights and freedoms of hundreds of millions of Europeans. We share the vision of the Council of Europe that the Convention shall cover all Europeans, notwithstanding the status of the territory they live in. Sadly, it is not the case…

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Ադրբեջանական կողմը կիրառել է ֆոսֆորային զինատեսակներ

The hostile force used phosphorous munitions containing elements of chemical weapons in the Artsakh-Azerbaijani conflict zone, which is a gross violation of International Humanitarian Law, norms, and principles of Customary Law, Geneva Conventions, as well as the provisions of the relevant UN conventions and documents. Apart from the intent to inflict damage on the Armenian forces, the enemy also aims to cause massive forest fires and create real environmental disaster hazards in the area. Prohibition of the above-mentioned actions and the concomitant rights and values rest primarily in the realm of customary law…
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Turkey is to blame for ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian PM

The ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan “would not have happened without Turkey’s intervention,” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told Al Arabiya on Saturday.
Հոկտեմբերի 28-ին Լոս Անջելեսում ՀՀ գլխավոր հյուպատոս, դեսպան Արմեն Բայբուրդյանը մասնակցեց Հարավային Կալիֆորնիայի համալսարանի Հանրային քաղաքականության մասնաճյուղի (USC Sol Price School of Public Policy) կազմակերպած՝ «Արցախի հայկական անցյալը, ներկան և ապագան» խորագրով հեռավար սեմինարին, որին մասնակցում էր նաև Հայաստանում ԱՄՆ նախկին դեսպան Ջոն Էվանսը։ Սեմինարը վարում էր Հարավային Կալիֆորնիայի համալսարանի պրոֆեսոր Ֆրենկ Զերունյանը։
The Human Rights Defender of Armenia and the Human Rights Ombudsman of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) published an ad hoc report on the use of incendiary ammunition of mass destruction (incendiary weapon) containing chemical elements (possibly white phosphorus) against Artsakh by the Azerbaijani armed forces.
“We have the most powerful weapon: ourselves and our unity.” Address by Armen Sarkissian, President of the Republic of Armenia, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund
“By winning this war, defending our homeland, and not allowing another genocide to be carried out, we will finally understand the power of the Diaspora, which includes the friends of Armenia and the Armenians as well. “We have the support of our true friends who are not Armenians, but share human values with us. In our case, our victory in this war is not aggression, not occupying the land of others, it is the defense of our and your home.
Help us to defend our history, our culture, our faith and our heritage.” 
For about two days now, the fighting around Shushi has not stopped. Tonight, last night, quite heavy and intense battles took place in the settlements around Shushi, on the roads leading to Shushi, near Shushi.
If May 8, 1992 was marked in the Armenian history as the day of the liberation of Shushi, then these passing days will enter as brilliant days of the defense of Shushi.
The “Gyorbagyor” military operation to destroy the opponent’s reconnaissance and sabotage tactical groups, mercenaries and bandits continues successfully.
At the moment, the fighting is going on, but the strength has significantly weakened. On other fronts, relatively weak actions generally take place.
– Artsrun Hovhannisyan
Սփյուռքի հարգելի քույրեր և եղբայրներ բոլոր նախաձեռնությունները իրականացրեք տեղի դեսպանատների և դիվանագիտական ներկայացուցչությունների միջոցով։ Այդպես ավելի համակարգված է լինելու։
– Artsrun Hovhannisyan
The documentary “The Hydra of Terrorism” talks about the new hotbed of terrorists set up in Azerbaijan. Jihadists from Syria, Lybia and Pakistan are transferred here to engage in the war against the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. In Azerbaijan itself bases and camps are also set up to transfer terrorists to different regions as well. Over the past month they were already discovered in Russia. Today Turkey is the center that sponsors, arms, trains and transfers militant mercenaries. Facts, evidence and testimonies of the terrorists themselves are presented in the documentary film “The Hydra of Terrorism”.
We as System Of A Down have just released new music for the first time in 15 years. The time to do this is now, as together, the four of us have something extremely important to say as a unified voice. These two songs, “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz,” both speak of a dire and serious war being perpetrated upon our cultural homelands of Artsakh and Armenia.
The current corrupt regimes of Aliyev in Azerbaijan and Erdogan in Turkey not only want to claim Artsakh and Armenia as their own, but are committing genocidal acts with impunity on humanity and wildlife to achieve their mission. They are banking on the world being too distracted with COVID, elections and civil unrest to call out their atrocities….
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