ARFD SOUTH AMERICA HAY DAT MEMBER: BRAZIL SHOULD FOLLOW URUGUAY'S AND ARGENTINA'S EXAMPLE AND RECOGNIZE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Noyan Tapan
Dec 1, 2009

BRAZIL, DECEMBER 1, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. The third Manuel
Gonsales Latin American seminar on amnesty and human rights has taken
place lately in the capital city of Brazil on the initiative of the
Brazil parliament Committee on Human Rights. At the invitation of
Committee Chairman, Labor Party deputy Luis Gouto, lecturer of San
Andres University of Argentina and American University of Armenia,
member of ARFD South America Hay Dat (Armenian Cause) Committee
Khachik Ter-Ghukasian, as well as representative of ARFD South
America Hay Dat Committee Sao Paulo Simon Khrimian participated
in the seminar. According to Azat Or, seminar's opening took place
on November 22 at the Republic Museum and the seminar proceeded in
parliament's N. Ramos auditorium, with participation of specialists
from all Latin American countries, renowned intellectuals, official
representatives and human rights organizations.

Khachik Ter-Ghukasian in his speech, in particular, emphasized
that South America's peoples, which suffered much during military
usurpations, cannot permit denial of any genocide and should struggle
to confirm all truths by the law. Uruguay and Argentina have adopted
such laws on the Armenian Genocide, the Senate of Chile has published
a statement, a respective event has been organized at the parliament
of Venesuela.

"Brazil, the most important country in South America, which is today
a mighty world power and keeps high the reputation of a defender of
moral principles, should follow the example of those countries.

Moreover, South American countries today should prevent attempts of
denying genocides. History should cease to be the monopoly of the
strong forces, it is the fair forces that should write it," Khachik
Ter-Ghukasian concluded his speech.