On May 6, YSU hosted the seminar “The Armenian Genocide in the Context of Genocide Studies”. The initiative belongs to YSU Student Scientific Society and is dedicated to the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The seminar was chaired by Doctor of History, Professor Ashot Hayruni and Candidate of Law, Associate Professor Vigen Kocharyan.
“The main aim of the event is to focus on the issue of genocide, as it is one of the most important issues in our history, the effects of which we still face today. The elimination of the effects of the genocide should be topical issue. In this case the territorial issue rises, too. In addition to this, we should propose the programmatic policy appropriate to the compensation and decide the role of students in the process of the elimination of the effects,” – said YSU SSS Chairman Mikayel Malkhasyan.
Ashot Hayruni stressed on the strategic tasks, Armenia should solve: “Specialists in Genocide Studies and historians in Europe and other foreign countries are engaged in the issue of the development of global memory concept. Some Diaspora scientists believe that if you develop a concept of global memory, then it should not be a single centered. However, the western scientists believe it should be a single centered, and it is natural that the Armenian Genocide should be in this center.”
According to Ashot Hayruni World War I was the crater for the formation of nations, as well as the formation of the totalitarian regimes, in which the Armenian Genocide was committed. The largest genocide experience in the years of WW I is right the Armenian Genocide.
Vigen Kocharyan, comparing the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, said: “In addition to the Armenian Genocide the 20th century saw other genocides. In contradiction to the case of the Armenian Genocide, the organizers of the Jewish Holocaust inflicted the responsibility. So, before the adoption of the international legal document, the legal norms of the international law already existed in the international law, which prohibits the genocide or recognizes it as a crime.”
In the end of the seminar students asked the speakers various questions.