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“The Genocide against the Armenians 1915–1923 and the Relevance of the 1948 Genocide Convention”
Haigazian University’s Publishes “The Genocide against the Armenians 1915 – 1923 and the Relevance of the 1948 Genocide Convention” by Prof. Alfred De Zayas

Beirut, March 3, 2010, Haigazian University announces the publication of a revised edition of “The Genocide against the Armenians 1915 – 1923 and the Relevance of the 1948 Genocide Convention” on the occasion of the 95th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. The 106-page book is written by the renowned legal expert Dr. Alfred de Zayas, who is a professor of international law in the Geneva School of Diplomacy and has served in the UN Human Rights committees in various capacities. In this concise book, Professor de Zayas argues that the Genocide Convention did not itself create the rights of the Armenians to reparation, nor the obligation of Turkey to assume its erga omnes responsibilities to the Armenians and the world. These rights and obligations existed from the outset and were recognized in articles 144 and 230 of the Treaty of Sevres.  The non-implementation of the provisions of this Treaty by Turkey does not affect the rights and obligations derived from the historical fact of the genocide.
The book argues that the Genocide Convention strengthened the pre-existing rights of the Armenians, rights which have not diminished because of lapse of time.  The book further outlines the issues of State succession and the continuing Turkish obligation to make reparations to the descendants of the victims.
Beyond restitution and compensation, the book focuses on the right of the Armenian people to their cultural heritage, including their churches and monasteries in ancient Armenian lands, based on the fact that the human right to one's cultural heritage is stipulated in international law and relevant UNESCO resolutions. 

The book can be ordered from:
1) Lebanon: Haigazian University 
    P.O. Box 11-1748, Riad El Solh, 1107 2090 Beirut, Lebanon
    Tel: 961-1-349230/ 1 extension: 344
    E mail: publications@haigazian.edu.lb
2) North America: AMAA (Armenian Missionary Association of America)
    31 West Century Road, Paramus, NJ, USA
    E mail: amaa@amaa.org
3) France: Librairie Orientale H. Samuelian
    51, rue Monsieur-le-Prince F-75006 Paris 
    Tel. 01 43 26 88 65
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