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AMAL CLOONEY ACCUSES TURKEY OF HYPOCRISY ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN ARMENIAN GENOCIDE TRIAL

The human rights lawyer, representing Armenia, criticised Turkey's double standards

Amal Clooney accused Turkey of hypocrisy during a hearing at Strasbourg court’s 17-member Grand Chamber in the hearing about Dogu Perinkcek and his comments about the Armenian genocide

By Bruno Waterfield, Strasbourg and Raziye Akkoc 28 January 2015 - Amal Clooney, the human rights barrister, has accused Turkey of double standards on freedom of expression for defending a Turkish leftist who described the Armenian Genocide an "international lie".
Mrs Clooney, who is representing Armenia on behalf of Doughty Street Chambers along with Geoffrey Robertson QC, said Turkey's stance was hypocritical "because of its disgraceful record on freedom of expression”, including prosecutions of Turkish-Armenians who campaign for the 1915 massacres to be called a Genocide.
She took on the case against Doğu Perinçek, Chairman of the Turkish Workers' Party and an MP, who was found guilty of Genocide denial and racial discrimination in Switzerland in 2007, but had his conviction overturned by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) after being defended by Turkey's government.
The ECHR upheld his right to question in a “debate of clear public interest” and questioned if it was possible to define as a Genocide, a policy of deliberate extermination, the massacres and deportations of Armenians by the Turks a century ago.
The human rights lawyer, who married George Clooney her Hollywood film star husband last September, accused the Strasbourg’s court’s human rights judges of being “simply wrong”.
“It cast doubt of the reality of Genocide that Armenian people suffered a century ago,” she said “Armenia must have its day in court. The stakes could not be higher for the Armenian people.”
Switzerland has laws against the denial of all Genocide as part of its anti-racism laws but the ECHR ruled that Mr Perinçek's right to freedom of speech was violated when he was convicted as a criminal by a Swiss court for his claims.
In a December 2013 judgement, the European court concluded that there was not a “general consensus" that the massacres of Armenians had constituted Genocide and that only 20 countries out of 190 worldwide classed it as such.
Only three European countries, Greece, Slovakia and Switzerland, ban the Armenian Genocide denial. A French law was overturned on free speech grounds in the country’s constitutional court three years ago.
Speaking in Lausanne in 2005, Mr Perinçek had said that the legal definition of Armenian Genocide was an “international lie”, but did not dispute that the killings and deportations had taken place.
Four and half minutes into her evidence of the historical record concerning events in 1915, including Ottoman Empire admissions of war crimes, the barrister was asked to conclude by the judges.

Amal
“Mrs Clooney may I draw your attention to the fact that the Armenian government has gone over the time allocated, so I ask you to conclude,” said Dean Spielmann, the President of the court.
She went on to insist that Armenia did not want to limit free speech or historical debate and accused Turkey of having double standards because of its own poor record on freedom of expression.
“Armenia is not here to argue against freedom of expression anymore than Turkey is here to defend it. This court knows very well how disgraceful Turkey’s record on freedom of expression is,” she said.
"You have found against the Turkish government in 224 separate cases on freedom of expression grounds.”
The Lebanese lawyer made a reference to Hrant Dink, the Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor, who was prosecuted by Turkey for arguing that the 1915 massacres were Genocide.
Mr Dink was then assassinated by a Turkish nationalist in 2007 for his views and ethnicity as an Armenian.

“Armenia has every interest in ensuring that its own citizens do not get caught in a net that criminalises speech too broadly. As the family of Hrant Dink know about all too well,” she said.
In his evidence to the court, Mr Perinçek denied any motivation to incite hatred against Armenians, telling judges that he had been imprisoned for speaking up for one of Turkey’s other ethnic minorities, the Kurds.
“We are here for the liberty of Europeans,” he said. "Liberty for those who criticise the established status quo.
“I share the pain of Armenian citizens, you cannot find a word of mine that expresses antagonism against them. I hold the great powers responsible for what happened in 1915. There should be no taboos for the right to speak.”
His arguments were dismissed by Armenia’s legal team which was supporting Switzerland in defending the “unshakable” conviction.
Geoffrey Robertson QC accused Mr Perincek of being an admirer of Talaat Pasha, one of the organisers of the Armenian Genocide, a man he said was the “Ottoman’s Empire’s Hitler”.
Mr Robertson argued that the Turkish left-wing nationalist had travelled Europe deliberately trying to provoke a conviction for Genocide denial in order to “arouse his supporters in Turkey”.
“It was made by a man who only came to Switzerland in order to be convicted. That was his purpose. He went to Germany, France, at the end of the day he tried to go Greece to expostulate but was turned away. He is Genocide denier forum shopper,” he said.
“He is an incurable Genocide denier, a criminal and a vexatious litigant.”
Asked by the Telegraph about fevered speculation about what she would be wearing for the court appearance, Mrs Clooney laughed and pointed to her black barrister’s robes.
“I’m wearing Ede and Ravenscroft,” she joked, in a reference to the famous English company of legal robe makers and tailors since 1689.
Mr Robertson said he was surprised at the rows of photographers when legal teams entered the court, which does not generally excite press attention or attract packs of photographers.
He said he was pleased that coverage of the case would focus attention on Mrs Clooney's career as a lawyer rather than her private life as the wife of a film celebrity, Hollywood actor and director.
“It is not about white gloves or yachts. It puts the record straight, she is a human rights lawyer,” he said.

Amal Clooney Armenian Genocide Case:
5 Things To Know About Doğu Perinçek Hearing

High-profile human rights lawyer Amal Clooney went up against Doğu Perinçek Wednesday in a France court hearing involving the racial discrimination case of the Turkey Workers' Party Chairman who claimed the Armenian Genocide never happened. Here are five things you need to know about the hearing:
1. The players: Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson represented Armenia on behalf of Doughty Street Chambers, their British law firm. "Armenia must have its day in court. The stakes could not be higher for the Armenian people," Clooney said, according to the Telegraph.
The case revolved around Perinçek, who was convicted in 2007 for denying the Armenian Genocide. The European Court of Human Rights overturned that conviction in December on grounds that his right to free speech was violated, and Armenia filed an appeal. Turkey was a co-defendant in the case.
2. The background: As many as 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1923, the Associated Press reported. Turkey has argued that the death toll was not only exaggerated but also a result of civil war - not Genocide.
Perinçek has said that, although there were widespread deaths, they don't fall under the legal term "Genocide," according to Today's Zaman. During a 2005 demonstration in Switzerland, he called the incident "an international lie." Denying the Genocide is illegal under Swiss anti-racism laws. He was arrested and later convicted in 2007.
Perinçek appealed that decision and won in the European Court of Human Rights last December. The court said he was just exercising his right to free speech, but this ruling "cast doubt on the reality of Genocide that the Armenian people suffered a century ago," Clooney said Wednesday. Perinçek took an opposing stance, telling the court that "we are here for the freedom [of expression] of the people of Europe."
3. The hearing: Wednesday's hearing lasted more than two hours in Strasbourg, France. Clooney took the 17-member Grand Chamber through Armenia's history and said that the court had neglected to review the relevant evidence and witnesses, Today's Zaman reported. About 200 Perinçek supporters gathered outside. The Grand Chamber will announce its decision at a later date.
4. The implications: The principal issue was freedom of speech in Europe, where many countries have criminalized the refusal to recognize the Armenian massacres as "Genocide," Reuters reported. France itself has faced legal battles in the past three years for adopting a law that makes it illegal to deny it.
Clooney refuted the idea that the hearing was an effort to limit free speech. "Armenia is not here to argue against freedom of expression anymore than Turkey is here to defend it," she said.
5. The fame: Clooney, recently famous in Hollywood for her September marriage to American actor George Clooney, was surprised by the "rows of paparazzi" in court Wednesday, the Telegraph reported. Amal Clooney recently made headlines for donning white gloves at the Golden Globes but joked when asked Wednesday what she was wearing -- barrister's robes. “It is not about white gloves or yachts," her colleague Robertson said. "It puts the record straight. She is a human rights lawyer."

 
 

FIRST REPORTS OF THE GREEK
AND ARMENIAN MASSACRES

This is from early 1919:
The heir to the Turkish throne, Abdul Mejid, stated: “The massacres of Greeks and Armenians are the greatest stain which has blemished our nation and race. The massacres were the work of Talaat [Pasha] and Enver [Pasha]. I have asked the Sultan to make the appropriate cautions to Enver [Pasha]. He did so, but without any result. The massacres could have been contained by Germany, but it also did nothing, if not to instigate them. Defeated, we have to pay for these enormities”.

32nd GENERAL MEETING OF A.R.F. DASHNAKTSOUTIUN CONCLUDES IN ARMENIA

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutiun convened its 32nd World Congress in Dilijan, Armenia, from January 16 and 24. Delegates from all organizational regions and party members with consultative status participated, including Cyprus.
The World Congress examined and assessed the activity, achievements, and shortcomings of the party during the past term, and prepared its political roadmap and strategy for the coming four years. The Congress also prepared an action plan and decided the party’s position on foreign and domestic fronts based on its pan-Armenian and Armenia-centered worldview.
The Congress also elected its leadership for the next four years. The new Bureau members are: Vigen Baghoumian (Iran), Viken Yacoubian (U.S.), Hagop Khacherian (Lebanon), Hrant Markarian (Armenia), Giro Manoyan (Armenia), Khatchig Mouradian (U.S.), Beniamin Bouchakjian (Lebanon), Hagop Der Khatchadourian (Canada), Armen Rustamyan (Armenia), Spartak Seyranyan (Armenia), Mourad Papazian (France).
At its first plenary session, the ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Bureau elected Hrant Markarian as its Chairman, and Armen Rustamyan as its representative of political affairs.

CYPRUS PRESIDENT SAYS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A DIALOGUE AS LONG AS TURKEY IS VIOLATING THE REPUBLIC’S SOVEREIGNTY

In a statement issued after the meeting with political parties, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said that, “As long as Turkey is in violation of the Republic’s sovereignty, it is impossible for me to participate in the designated dialogue on solving the Cyprus problem.”
He reiterated that the management of the country’s natural resources rests with the internationally recognised government in Cyprus. “Consequently, actions that question the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, on the pretext of protecting the rights of the Turkish Cypriots, are not only incommensurate with international law, but are also groundless.”
In order for Turkish Cypriots to be involved in the management and exploitation of the island’s natural resources, added Anastasiades, the Cyprus problem needed to be solved first.
Anastasiades said natural gas should be the “strongest incentive” for substantive reunification talks. The Greek Cypriot side would not resume talks under threats or blackmail, he said.
Anastasiades has said he would not engage in talks with Turkish Cypriots as long as the Barbaros roamed in Cypriot waters. However, although the Barbaros is currently idle, Turkey could presumably issue a new one at any time.

NEWLY ELECTED RADICAL LEFT GREEK
PRIME MINISTER'S FIRST STOP IS CYPRUS

Characterized by the western media as the "Che Guevara of Greece", radical left Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who shook the political foundations of the austerity-chained Hellenic state is Cyprus bound on Monday.
The 36% victory of Alexis Tsipras’ SYRIZA Party is equal to the cumulative vote that the once-strong PASOK, communist KKE and Nea Dimokratia collected in yesterday’s election in Greece.
Six years ago SYRIZA counted less than 5% of the popular vote.
The 40 year-old "man of the hour" today asked to be sworn in as Prime Minister not on the Bible - as is tradition - but in a non-religious ceremony.
A few days into office and the new government of Greece recorded its first head-on collision with its international lenders in Europe and the Troika.

ARMENIAN WOMAN KILLS COMMANDER OF AZERI SNIPERS

ARMENPRESS - The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia in a statement said that the adventurism initiated by the Azerbaijani armed forces have caused serious casualties.
Press Spokesman Artzrun Hovhannisyan stated that the Azerbaijani armed forces lost three servicemen on January 23 alone, in the vicinity of Karvachar.
He also said that the Commander of the Azerbaijani snipers group was killed in the South of Karabakh by the "well-aimed bullet of an Armenian woman."
Photo- Agelika Mouradyan

HOVIG DEMIRDJIAN FOR EUROVISION

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE
PAN ARMENIAN SUMMER GAMES

DIASPORA MINISTER HRANUSH HAKOBYAN INVITES HAMAZKAYIN'S "SIPAN" DANCE
ENSEMBLE TO ARMENIAN FESTIVAL IN 2016

During Minister Hranush Hakopyan's visit to Homenetment AYMA and after watching
Hamazkayin Cyprus "Oshagan" Chapter's SIPAN Dance Ensemble, the Armenian Minister invited the ensemble to participate in the 2016 "Im Hayastan" festival in Armenia.
Here is the Ensemble's performance and the Minister's comments.

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Trasdamad Ganayan medal for Haroutiun Anmahouni
Vera Tahmazian receives Movses Khorenatsi Medal
Minister Hakopyan visits Nareg schools
"Mkhitar Gosh" medal awarded to Dr. Vasos Lyssarides

 

Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan visit Homenetmen - AYMA
Armenian Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobyan visits AGBU Nicosia

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News in Brief

► The Islamic State (IS) militants have burnt down one of the oldest Armenian churches in Mosul.
► The Turkish Foreign Ministry has “mistakenly” published a picture of Dzidzernagapert on an official day planner, prepared to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli in World War I.
► February issue of a leading French magazine “l’Histoire” is dedicated to 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that includes series of extensive articles of 50 pages, entitled “Armenians: first genocide of the 20th century”.
► French President Francois Hollande confirmed he will visit Armenia on April 24 for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. He also called on Turkey to take new steps towards the “truth” behind the mass killings of Armenians a century ago, saying “it is time to break the taboos.”
► On January 21 the European Parliament hosted a commemoration to honour Hrant Dink. The event was organized jointly by Frank Engel MEP (EPP group), AGBU Europe, the anti-racist network EGAM and Turkish advocacy group DurDe.
► The attorneys of Armenia’s Shirak Region stand ready to provide free legal assistance to the relatives of the Avetisyan family members, who were brutally killed recently in Gyumri, and to act as their representative. Armenian FM Edward Nalbandian said that emotional attitude towards Gyumri tragedy is understandable, but this does not suggest the need for reviewing Armenia-Russia relations.
► The fresh military operations initiated by Baku in January on the Armenia, Artsakh and Azerbaijan border have resulted in 20 deaths and over twenty wounded. According to the Defense Army, Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire 1,800 times firing 20,000 shots in the direction of Armenian military positions.

Accounts of hate speech towards targeted groups in Turkish news outlets according to the January-April 2014 Media Watch on Hate Speech and Discriminatory Language Report

 

WE ARE HAPPY IN LIMASSOL NAREG SCHOOL

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PIANIST ANAHIT CHAUSHYAN'S CONCERT AT THE SHOE FACTORY

The Pharos Arts Foundation opened its 2015 season with a piano recital with Anahit Chaushyan last Saturday at the Shoe Factory in Nicosia.
Chaushyan, who was born into the fourth generation of a professional musical family, started her musical training at the age of six. She studied in Armenia and gave numerous recitals, many of which included premiers by contemporary Armenian composers. After graduation, she continued her studies in Belgium and the United Kingdom.
The pianist has appeared as a soloist all over the world, in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Santori Hall in Tokyo. She has made numerous concert appearances with the London Soloists Orchestra and has given regular performances with the Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra.
On Saturday Chaushyan performed three masterpieces by Sergei Prokofiev, Johannes Brahms, and Robert Alexander Schumann.
The first piece will be Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. six, which was completed in February 1940 and is known for its alternations between electrifying fast pace and flowing lyricism. Together with Sonata seven and eight, Sonata six comprise the Russian composer’s War Sonatas.
The second piece was Brahms’s Klavierstucke, Op. 118, which is made-up of six individual movements composed separately but which were published together in 1893 under a single opus number. These pieces, which can be played as a whole or individually, were written four years before the German composer’s death.
The third and final piece was Schumman’s Kreisleriana, which pays tribute to the German novelist E.T.A Hoffmann and his most famous literary creation, Kapellmeister Kreisler. Kreisler was a musical genius who is very sensitive and is in perpetual emotional turmoil as his artistic soul could never make peace with the society he had to serve.
She completed her performance with an improvised piece from Gomidas (below).

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HAMAZKAYIN CYPRUS "TIMAG" THEATER
TO APPEAR IN ATHENS, GREECE WITH
NATASHA TAVOUKDJIAN'S COMEDY

 

LET US SUPPORT TENNIS CHAMPION
LUSINE CHOBANYAN'S TRAINING PROGRAM

With the initiation of Gibrahayer e-magazine, Armenian tennis champion Lusine Chobanyan has arrived in London to participate in tournaments and follow an intensive training program before returning back to Yerevan.
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Gibrahayer Calendar

► Wednesday 28 January - Lecture organised by Hamazkayin “Oshagan” Cyprus Chapter at Homenetmen - AYMA.
► Friday 13 February 8:30pm - Valentines Dinner at Homenetmen - AYMA organised by Hamazkayin "Oshagan" Chapter. For details contact 99124856.
► Wednesday 18 February, 7:30 pm - Lecture at Utidjian Hall, organized by the Youth Committee of the Armenian Prelature of Cyprus.
► Sunday 22 February - Carnival Party organised by the Armenian Club of Limassol. Details to follow.
► Sunday 15 March at 1:00pm - Michink Lunch at Homenetmen - AYMA organised by the Armenian Relief Society's Cyprus “Sosse” Chapter.
► Saturday 28 March - Easter Tea - at Homenetmen - AYMA organised by the Armenian Relief Society's Cyprus “Sosse” Chapter.
► Saturday 18 April at 7:00pm - Theatre, organised by Hamazkayin Oshagan Chapter. Details will follow.
► Sunday 17 May at 6:00pm - Annual Sipan and Nanor Dance Ensemble performance organised by Hamazkayin "Oshagan" Chapter. Details will follow.
► Sunday 10 May - Pilgrimage to Saint Magar Monastery (Magaravank) organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative.

 

 
 

ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY SOSSE CHAPTER'S MEETING WITH ARCHBISHOP NAREG ALEMEZIAN

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SAYAT NOVA INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION ANNOUNCES WINNERS

January 14, 2015 - Three international composers pay tribute to poet Daniel Varoujan with original compositions.
AGBU is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Sayat Nova International Composition Competition. Hovik Sardaryan, 21, of Armenia was awarded first prize; Fun Gordon Dic-lun, 26, of Hong Kong received second prize; and Richard Melkonian of the United Kingdom, 25, received third prize.
As first prize winner, Sardaryan received both the AGBU Carnegie Hall Award and Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) Award. His piece, “The Flowers of Golgotha,” will premiere at a gala concert in May and will be performed at the annual AGBU Performing Artists in Concert at Carnegie Hall in December 2015. He will also be commissioned to write a 10-minute piece that will be performed by the APO during its 2016-17 season.
The Sayat Nova International Composition Competition is designed to introduce Armenian musical traditions to a wider audience. This year, in commemoration of centenary of the Armenian genocide, the competition asked composers to include in their submissions the poetry of Daniel Varoujan, one of the first victims of the Armenian genocide.
Submissions arrived from various countries, including Russia, Switzerland and Brazil, as well as from fourteen states. Sixty percent of the composers were not of Armenian descent. The jury judging the competition was made up of renowned seven artists—conductor of APO Eduard Topchjan, composer Yakov Yakulov, soprano Hasmik Papian, pianist Jenny Chai, composer Paul Méfano and composer Michel Petrossian—from Armenia, Austria, France, China and the United States. Poet Lola Koundakjian served as a consultant to the jury and Hayk Arsenyan, composer and artistic director of this year’s competition, advised on the selection of the AGBU Carnegie Hall Prize winner: “This project is one of the brightest examples of what the AGBU Performing Arts department is aiming to accomplish—to introduce Armenian traditional instruments to an international audience and to strengthen cultural connections between Armenia and the rest of the world,” says Arsenyan.
This year, the Sayat Nova International Composition Competition partnered with music company Vox Novus, which developed Music Avatar, a software that allowed all submissions and judging to take place online. Robert Voisey, the executive director of Vox Novus, was instrumental in the collaboration: “We are very proud to have worked with AGBU and contributed to making the competition inspirational and creative.”
The works of the three prize winners, which includes music for the duduk, violin, piano and a mezzo soprano, will be showcased at the gala concert and award ceremony on May 11, 2015 at Symphony Space in New York. Ara Guzelimian, the Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School, will give the opening remarks at the gala.

KEVORK MALIKYAN IN CYPRUS

Career:
During his career, he has worked with renowned directors and actors including Steven Spielberg, Roger Moore, Alan Parker, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Caine and Anthony Hopkins. In addition to film work, he has appeared in numerous television productions, including episodes of The Saint, The Professionals, Mind Your Language, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, The Avengers, Doctor Who and twice in Minder. He played a number of roles in the RSC production, Arabian Nights (December 2009 - January 2010), at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.


Background:
Malikyan, who is of Armenian descent, was born in Diyarbakır, Turkey. He graduated from the Surp Haç Armenian High School in İstanbul, then moved to London in 1963 for acting education graduating from the prestigious drama school Rose Bruford College and received diplomas for acting and teaching from the school. Now he lives in İstanbul, where he also works as a teacher.

An Archbishop decided to open a religious seminary in Üsküdar, İstanbul, with the intention of taking in the poor children of Armenian parents from various parts of Turkey and raising them as priests. Malikyan was questioned by a priest who wanted to determine whether or not he was a good candidate for the priesthood. His father told him to go to the seminary because he couldn't afford to give him an education due to the financial problems. He was just 10. Though he was worried because he had no friends in İstanbul and he had to leave his parents behind, Malikyan traveled to the city to become a priest. He was sent to the Karagözyan Orphanage in Şişli where he spent two years before attending the religious seminary in Üsküdar. In the seminary, there was a small stage where the students acted in Turkish and Armenian. When he was 16, an Anglican priest was invited to the school to teach them English. He was an Oxford graduate who wrote history books. He was fond of acting and had prepared “Richard III” by Shakespeare in English wherein Malikyan played Richard. The priest must have liked Malikyan's acting because he told the Headmaster of the school that Malikyan should become an actor rather than a priest. The Patriarch asked Malikyan his opinion on this matter but Malikyan was unsure because of financial concerns. Father Harding, a British priest, found him a scholarship in Britain.

Partial filmography:
The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)
Midnight Express (1978)
Pascali's Island (1988)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Belly of the Beast (2003)
Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
Renaissance (2006)
The Palace (2011)
Taken 2 (2012)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

Television:
Mind Your Language - www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnsyrQW8vM8
Auf Wiedersehen Pet,
Who Pays the Ferryman?,
The Detectives,
Art Attack,
The Professionals,
Blind Run
Backtrack

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KARDASHIAN SISTERS MAKING FIRST VISIT TO ARMENIA IN APRIL 2015

The Kardashian sisters have taken over half the globe to date. Next stop: ARMENIA

by Ken Baker and Natalie Finn for E - Khloé Kardashian, Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian are planning to travel to their paternal ancestral homeland in April.
The specifics are still being worked out for their family milestone journey, but Kim is set to take daughter North West with her, while Kourtney will be traveling with kids Mason, Penelope and Reign as well. Several cousins are also expected to be along for the continent-crossing ride.
"Visiting Armenia has been on Kim's bucket list forever," a family insider tells us. "They are all so excited! They want to learn about their heritage."
The Kardashian sisters' late father, Robert Kardashian, was born to Armenian-American parents and his great-grandparents were ethnic Armenian immigrants from a part of Turkey.
The sisters have always culturally identified with their Armenian roots, annually paying tribute to victims of the Armenian Genocide, which occurred in what is now modern-day Turkey, and otherwise proudly recognizing their heritage. Kim has also spoken out about the plight of Syrian Armenians caught up in the ongoing civil war in Syria.
In 2011, when Kim landed on the cover of Turkish Cosmopolitan, she was upset that the magazine put out the issue at a time that coincided with the global Genocide Remembrance Day, April 24, reusing the same cover shot that had been used for the inaugural issue of Armenian Cosmopolitan the previous month.
"Cosmopolitan Magazine has a number of international editions all around the world that run in various territories, and when I did this shoot for the international covers I had no idea that Turkey was planning to run my story on their cover THIS month, considering Genocide Remembrance Day is this month," Kim said at the time.
"My Armenian heritage means a lot to me and I've been brought up to be incredibly proud of my family's background and culture so as an Armenian-American woman it is a huge honor for me to be on the first ever Armenian Cosmopolitan cover."
Bon voyage, Kardashian fam—we can't wait to see the pics!

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