BRASILIA—The Armenian National Committee of South America (CNA) participated in the World Forum on Human Rights (FMDH) from 10 to 13 December in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil.
Carolina Karagueuzian, director of CNA Buenos Aires and Attorney Guillermo Ferraioli Karamanian made a presentation entitled “Armenian Genocide: a comparative study of genocidal processes of the twentieth century” where they discussed the Armenian Genocide from a social and historical perspective. The issue of reparations was one of the central themes of the dissertation.
“Turkey must return territories to Armenia, according to the terms issued by the President of the United States Woodrow Wilson on November 22, 1920,” said Ferraioli Karamanian, referring to the Treaty of Sèvres and the Wilsonian Armenia.
“The one and a half million victims of genocide were a permanent material damage against the Armenian people. This damage has not yet been offset by fair reparation. Such repair must address both the lives lost and the appropriation of property by the State and the members of the Turkish elite,” said Karagueuzian.
In the closing ceremony, Deputy Minister of Human Rights of Brazil Patricia Barcelos announced that Argentina will host the FMDH in 2015.
The FMDH aims to promote an environment for public debate about human rights, focusing on the respect to differences, on social participation, on inequalities reduction and on the confrontation of all human rights’ violations. According to a press release from the FMDH, “more than 500 activities were held in the Forum, with the participation of the President of the Republic, Dilma Rousseff, former president Lula, the vice president of Colombia, the Executive Secretary, Patricia Barcelos, and National Secretaries of SDH/PR, among other authorities. Over 9 thousand participants showed up.”