20 Oct

20.10.2015 ATA Alliance welcomes the European Grand Chamber Decision on Armenian Allegation of Genocide

The European Grand Chamber affirmed the European Court of Human Rights’ invalidation of a Swiss law the criminalised disagreeing with or questioning the Armenian allegation of genocide. In the case of Perincek v. Switzerland, Turkish politician Dogu Perincek challenged Switzerland which incriminated him for expressing his opinion that the Armenian case did not constitute genocide under international law. Both the European Court of Human Rights and the Grand Chamber agreed with Mr. Perincek, holding that though contrary to the Swiss government’s opinion, Mr. Perincek’s opinion did not constitute hate speech, particularly because the question of whether the Armenian case constitutes genocide is a legitimate historical and legal debate, which is quite different from the Holocaust which is a legally proven case of genocide.

Importantly, by this decision, Princeton University historian Bernard Lewis was also vindicated for France’ illegal incrimination of him for lecturing that the Armenian case did not constitute genocide.

“[T]hat the massacre of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire was the same as what happened to Jews in Nazi Germany is a downright falsehood. What happened to the Armenians was the result of a massive Armenian armed rebellion against the Turks, which began even before war broke out, and continued on a larger scale.

But to make this a parallel with the holocaust in Germany, you would have to assume the Jews of Germany had been engaged in an armed rebellion against the German state, collaborating with the allies against Germany. That in the deportation order, the cities of Hamburg and Berlin were exempted, persons in the employment of the state were exempted, and the deportation only applied to the Jews of Germany proper, so that when they got to Poland they were welcomed and sheltered by the Polish Jews. This seems to me a rather absurd parallel.”

April 14, 2002, at the National Press Club on C-Span 2

15 Oct

ECtHR rules in favor of Turkish politician Doğu Perinçek over ‘Armenian Genocide’ claims trial

European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ruled in favor of Turkish politician Doğu Perinçek over the “Armenian genocide” claims trial.


12 Oct

Turnbull shocked by Turkey bombings

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described twin suicide bombings that killed at least 95 people in Turkey as a “despicable act of cowardice”.

Offering his condolences, Mr Turnbull said all Australians would be shocked by the blasts that ripped through a pro-Kurdish peace rally in Ankara.

The government condemned terrorism in all its forms and circumstances, he said in a statement.”We continue to work with our friends and partners to combat this threat. This attack should only strengthen our resolve to work together,” he said.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop expects a G20 leaders’ meeting will still go ahead in Turkey next month despite the attack, which she called “depraved” and especially heinous because it happened at a peace rally.”We should not allow terrorist attacks to deter world leaders from carrying out very important global work,” Ms Bishop told Sky News.No Australians were among the dead at this stage, she said.

Source : The Australian

12 Oct


The world is still in shock and we are left speechless with the news that more than 100 people have lost their lives and more than 400 people have been injured at the worst terrorist attack in Turkey’s history on Saturday evening (Australian Time).
The bloodthirsty double suicide bombing targeted the innocent people at a peace rally in Turkey’s capital, Ankara. After the first blast the second suicide bomber targeted the people running from the scene.
As the Australian Turkish community we are shocked and shaken deeply, and horrified by the brutality of this savage act of terrorism. Terrorism does not have any religion or race. We condemn the acts of terrorism in all forms and where ever that is.
We extend our sympathies to the families who lost their loved ones and thank the community leaders and the politicians, especially Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Australian Government, who expressed their condolences to our community and the people of Turkey.
ATA Alliance