This term refers to a well defined crime, the definition of which has been given in an international convention made after the Second World War: “the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” , approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution of December 9, 1948 and which went into effect on January 11, 1951, a convention which Turkey signed and ratified.
In a landmark ruling, the European Court of Human Rights affirmed the right of people to have freedom of thought and expression. The left-wing unionist, Dogu Perincek had been found guilty of a criminal offence in Switzerland for daring to challenge the propaganda that has become the “official view” in many European nations.
Dec 17 marks the 33rd anniversary of the assassination of the Consul-General of Turkey and his bodyguard, by terrorist member of the “Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide”. They were never caught, and although a number of attempted imports of high-powered weapons by extremist members of the Australian-Armenian community were intercepted over the following years, the AFP and other agencies could not prevent the bombing of the Turkish Consulate in 1986.
It’s almost forgotten now but one of the most notorious terror acts perpetrated on Australian soil was conducted by a little known group against a Turkish diplomat.
In the attack on December 17, 1980, unknown gunmen assassinated Sarik Ariyak, the Turkish consul-general in Sydney, and his bodyguard Engin Sever. The culprits got away but there was little doubt they were linked to the Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide (JCAG).