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May 26, 2018 News – 26/5/18 On the week of May 14th, members from the legal committee of the lawsuit filed by the Catholicosate of Cilicia for the return of its historical seat in Sis held a work meeting in Antelias under the supervision of His Holiness Aram I. A complete session of the legal committee will take place […]

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April 26, 2018 Featured
RFE/RL – 26/4/18 24 April is the day that Armenians all over the world commemorate the Genocide and demand that their stolen rights be restored. The 24th of April is the day to honour the life and legacy of the one-and-a-half million martyrs. The goal of the Genocide was to annihilate the entire nation; but Armenians both […]

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EU Commission’s Turkey Report Touches on Property Rights As Well

April 22, 2018 Featured
St. Gabriel Assyrian Monastry in Midyat, Turkey, founded in 397 A.D.

Bar Daisan – AINA – 22/4/18 Brussels (AINA) — In its new report on accession, the European Commission in Brussels has given Turkey the worst testimonial yet, attesting that the country is facing serious regressions in the rule of law, freedom of expression and the independence of the judiciary. Related: The Case of the St. Gabriel Assyrian Monastery in […]

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October 26, 2017 Featured – 26/10/17 Brussels. Addressing the conference on the Armenian Cause at the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday 19 October 2017, His Holiness Aram I said, “the Armenian Genocide is no longer an exclusive concern of Armenian-Turkish relations; this well-documented fact of history, the first genocide of the 20th Century, has become a matter of […]

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Turkey Says it Cancelled Decision to Seize Assyrian Churches and Monasteries

July 8, 2017 Featured
The Assyrian St. Gabriel Monastery in Mardin, Turkey, established in 397 A.D.

AINA – July 2017 (AINA) — The Doğan News Agency reported yesterday that Turkey has cancelled its decision to transfer the ownership of 50 Assyrian churches and monasteries to the diyanet, the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs. The Mardin governor’s office said the issue must be legally resolved, and until it is the properties in question […]

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Hollande calls for additional efforts to reach penalization of Armenian Genocide denial

April 25, 2017 Featured

Siranush Ghazanchyan – Public Radio of Armenia – 25/4/17 French President Francois Hollande commemorated the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide today. “I wanted to be among you for this commemoration of memory of the victims of the Armenian genocide,” Hollande said at the event. A few days before the end of his term, Francois Hollande announced […]

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Absolution Prayers’: Victims of Vatican Priests’ Sexual Violence Demand Justice

December 18, 2016 Featured News

Sputniknews – 18/12/16 At least 22 children with hearing disabilities were sexually abused by Catholic priests at a school for deaf-mute minors in Argentina. Sputnik Italy spoke with Marco Lodi Rizzini, the press secretary for the local branch of a Catholic school for deaf children. Police arrested 82-year old priest Nicola Corradi and four other […]

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The Catholicosate of Cilicia Reiterates and Clarifies Its Demand for the Return of Its Historical Seat from Turkey

June 22, 2015 Featured News

The Armenian Orthodox Church of Lebanon – June 2015 The Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia issues this statement to clarify any misconceptions as to the nature and purpose of its claim for the return of its historical Seat in Sis (present-day Kozan in Turkey), currently pending before the Turkish Constitutional Court. The lawsuit claims the […]

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Turkish Court Disbands Assyrian Association Over ‘Unity’ in Its Name

April 5, 2015 News

April 2015 A Court of First Instance in the southeast province of Mardin, Turkey ordered a Syriac [Assyrian] association to disband due to the word “unity” in its name and title “co-chair” used for the leadership. The Mardin 2nd Court of General Sessions ordered the Mardin Syriac Unity Association to disband, stating that the word […]

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Armenian Church Opposes Ruling by European Court of Human Rights on Genocide Denial Decision

February 22, 2014 Featured News

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – 22/2/14 His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, has sent his written concerns regarding the unacceptable ruling issued on December 17, 2013, by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on the lawsuit of Doğu Perinçek v. Switzerland. Perinçek, a Turkish political activist, was convicted under Switzerland’s […]

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“Armenians reject the recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on the denial of the Armenian Genocide,” states His Holiness Aram I

February 10, 2014 Featured News

February 2014 On Friday 7 February 2014, His Holiness Aram I met with the Swiss Ambassador to Lebanon Her Excellency Ruth Flint. During the meeting, the Catholicos expressed his indignation at the decision of the ECHR on the Perinçek case of December 2013. His Holiness stated that this ruling not only questions the truth of […]

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Petition against denialism of Armenian Genocide

February 7, 2014 Featured News

7/2/14 Petition against the rogue decision of the European Court of Human Rights   The European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg, France) ruled on December 17, 2013 that Dogu Perinçek (president of the Workers’ Party ,Turkey) could not be condemned for publicly stating (in Genevea, Switzerland in 2007) that the “so-called Armenian genocide is an […]

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No trade unions for clergy if the Archbishop says no, rules European Court

August 2, 2013 Featured News

  ALASDAIR HENDERSON – 2/8/13 Sindacutul ‘Pastorul Cel Bun’ v. Romania [2013] ECHR 646 – read judgment here. The Orthodox Archbishop of Craiova in Romania, that is, not the Archbishop of Canterbury. The European Court of Human Rights recently handed down an interesting ruling on Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) that could also have more far-reaching consequences […]

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Regarding the torture on religious basis which is being performed upon Archbishop Jovan

February 22, 2013 Featured News

On 14.02.2013 the analysis of prof. Mirjana Najcevska, regarding the media in the developed democratic countries and their role as controllers of the authorities in the aspect of the respect and protection of the human rights, was published. The analysis was prepared as part of the USAID project for strengthening of the media in Macedonia […]

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Christians Take Discrimination to European Court in Britain

September 7, 2012 Featured News

6/9/2012 Christians in Britain who lost separate employment tribunals relating to their religious beliefs take their legal fight to the European Court of Human Rights. The cases of four British citizens is likely to be a landmark case for future incidents. Four British Christians who claim they lost their jobs because of discrimination against their […]

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Russian Church defends Brits who lost jobs for wearing crucifix

July 11, 2012 News

10/7/2012 The Russian Orthodox Church has stepped in to support two British women who are taking their case for wearing religious symbols at work to the European Court of Human Rights. ­British Airways check-in clerk Naida Eweida and nurse Shirley Chaplin both lost their jobs after wearing a crucifix to work. In Eweida’s case the […]

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Patriarch Seeks Sponsor to Restore Istanbul Building, Aksam Says

July 6, 2012 News

By Benjamin Harve 4/7/2012 The Istanbul-based patriarch of the Greek Orthodox church is seeking a sponsor to fund restoration of an abandoned orphanage after Greece’s economic crisis precluded support from the Greek government, Aksam reported. The 19th-century building on the island of Buyukada outside Istanbul is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world […]

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Inadequate Decision At The European Court Of Human Rights – Sacerdotal Vocation Assimilated To The Trade Union Action

February 3, 2012 Featured News

3/2/2012 The Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate informs us: The Romanian Patriarchate learned with great surprise of the decision in the first analysis of the panel of judges of section III of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the case of the self entitled “The Good Shepherd against Romania” trade union of […]

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Kazakhstan denies persecution of Orthodox Christians

January 23, 2012 News

Astana, January 23, Interfax – Kazakhstan claimed on Monday that its Orthodox Christian community enjoys equal rights and that the country is a land of “ethnic and religious harmony.” “We have lived in peace and harmony for centuries. The Orthodox Church of Kazakhstan and all Orthodox believers in our country have consistently been stating their […]

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Turkey Decrees Partial Return of Confiscated Christian, Jewish Property (Update)

August 28, 2011 Featured News

By: Weekly Staff 28/8/2011 ANKARA, Turkey—Turkey’s government is returning hundreds of properties confiscated from the country’s Christian and Jewish minorities over the past 75 years in a gesture to religious groups who complain of discrimination that is also likely to thwart possible court rulings against the country, reported the Associated Press (AP). A government decree […]

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European Court of Human Rights observes the spiritual tradition of the European states

March 20, 2011 Featured News

20-03-2011 The Juridical Office of the Romanian Patriarchate informs us: The Romanian Patriarchate salutes the decision of 18 March 2011 of the Grand Chamber of the ECHR which admitted, with 15 votes against 2, the appeal of Italy in the well-known cause Lautsi contra Italia concerning the presence of the religious insignia in the public […]

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