samedi 14 février 2015

Réserve parlementaire et clientélisme : les sommes pour l'année 2014

Bénéficiaire    Montant (€)    Député(e) ou groupe ayant demandé la subvention    Département
Amicale des Arméniens de Draguignan et sa région     1 000 €     AUDIBERT TROIN Olivier (UMP)     Var

Association arménienne culturelle et sportive Chnork Kalustian et Hrant Dink     3 000 €     BOYER Valérie (UMP)     Bouches-du-Rhône

Espoir pour l'Arménie     1 500 €     BOYER Valérie (UMP)     Bouches-du-Rhône

Terre d'Arménie     2 000 €     BOYER Valérie (UMP)     Bouches-du-Rhône

UGA Ardziv ["club marseillais d'origine arménienne"]    2 000 €     BOYER Valérie (UMP)     Bouches-du-Rhône

UGAB [Union Générale Arménienne de Bienfaisance]    2 000 €     BOYER Valérie (UMP)     Bouches-du-Rhône

Vienne Goris (Réfection sanitaires d'une école arménienne)    4 000 €     BINET Erwann (SRC)     Isère

Centre National Mémoire Arménienne     25 000 €     GEOFFROY Hélène (SRC)     Rhône


Comité de Défense de la Cause Arménienne (CDCA)     40 000 €     Groupe SRC (SRC)     *(non rattaché à un département)


Association des Dames Arméniennes Amies des Ecoles Tebrotzassère 25 000 € Groupe SRC (SRC)     *(non rattaché à un département)


Association Français d'origine arménienne     2 000 €     KERT Christian (UMP)     Bouches-du-Rhône

Association pour la promotion de la culture arménienne en France 5 000 € LELLOUCHE Pierre (UMP)     Paris

Association culturelle de l’Eglise Evangélique Arménienne de Lyon     12 000 €     NACHURY Dominique (UMP)     Rhône

SPFA (Solidarité Protestante France-Arménie)     47 000 €     ROCHEBLOINE François (UDI)     Loire

Fonds arménien de France     85 000 €     ROUQUET René (SRC)     Val-de-Marne
Centre national mémoire arménienne     4 000 €     TOURAINE Jean-Louis (SRC)     Rhône
Source : http://www2.assemblee-nationale.fr/reserve_parlementaire/plf/2014/%28Legislature%29/14/%28typeTri%29/depu

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Résolutions du Conseil des droits de l'homme de l'ONU : les graves manquements du régime bananier arménien

Armenia remains reluctant to accept UN findings
12 February 2015, 17:48 (GMT+04:00)

By Mushvig Mehdiyev

Human rights in Armenia are at their toughest period since the country’s independence in 1991 as the international organization fix and report about the violations frequently over the past period.


Years of independence have failed to help the post-Soviet nation meet international organizations in terms of protecting civil liberties. It has just recently been criticized by an influential human rights center.


Geneva-based Centre for Civil and Political Rights slammed Armenia for not fulfilling the three foreground resolutions given by the United Nations Organization's Human Rights Committee.
First, Armenia has not yet implemented resolutions set by the UN including investigating into the events on March 1, 2008 and issues related to the use of force by the law enforcement bodies and their impunity, Vincent Ploton, Head of the Center's External Relations Office, said in a press-conference in Yerevan on February 11.

"The second flaw is lack of a mechanism for investigating complaints on tortures and holding the culprits liable,"
Ploton added.

The third drawback is Armenia’s failure to provide an independent court system, said Ploton, calling on the government to take serious steps for fulfilling the assignment.

Ploton's address once more portrayed a harsh treatment of people of different social status in Armenia orchestrated mostly by the law enforcement bodies, who are enjoying unlimited government support. Socioscope Societal Research and Consultancy Center and Helsinki Citizens' Assembly said last year that in many cases police use brutal force against people in the former Soviet country.

Anna Innocenti, representative of the Norwegian Human Right House, protector and supporter organization of local human rights organizations, highlighted the unprecedented violation and discrimination against women in Armenia.

She called on the government to officially formulate its intolerance to any homophobic discrimination and to adopt a law on equal rights for women and men in the country.

"Pursuant to the resolutions given by the UN Human Rights Committee, Armenia should pass a law providing criminal liability for domestic violence,"
Innocenti said.

The term of discrimination in Armenia should include all types of inequity - racial, gender, nationality, religious, noted Innocenti.

Strong discrimination is seriously terrorizing civil liberties in the smallest country of the South Caucasus. A huge gap between genders causes serious headaches to Armenia, where women undergo harsh discrimination by dominant men. Armenia has regressed in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2014, as the report ranked it 103 among 142 countries.

Women in the post-Soviet land are killed in severe family conflicts, as the New York-based EurasiaNet.Org reported that five Armenian women aged between 28 and 38 were murdered by their husbands in the first two months of last year.


International organizations are still urging Armenia to eliminate the modern violent approach towards human rights, since the country wants to be part of Western community.

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Source : http://www.azernews.az/aggression/77557.html

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Arménie : le président Sarkissian qualifie le leader de l'opposition de "danger pour l'Etat"

Armenian president called opposition leader ‘evil for state’
21:36, 12.02.2015
Region:Armenia
Theme: Politics, Analytics

“We honestly planned to discuss the Prosperous Armenia Party leader’s recent speech and respond to it; however, we realize that instead of discussing the meaning of the speech, we have to discuss whether he understood what he had read during the speech,” President Sargsyan said.

He noted that the Prosperous Armenia Party has patriotic, educated members, people with whom the authorities can jointly solve problems of the state and address the challenges facing our country. However, he excluded the party leader from that list.

“Gagik Tsarukyan as a political actor becomes an evil for our country, and this is natural. To be a participant of political processes, one should possess controlling mechanisms; however, low intellectual abilities constrain any progress: this is something that has been evident to anyone for a long time. It is a tragedy indeed – it is also funny in its own way – that Gagik Tsarukyan has wide political ambitions. Certainly literate people near him also realize that for a country involved in war it is really dangerous to have political elite that is consisted of such kind. Can you imagine a situation when Tsarukyan, after his speech in the Parliamentary Assembly [of the Council of Europe] reads a speech but after that has to answer the questions of the member states, including MPs from Turkey and Azerbaijan. Yes, that is very difficult and terrible to imagine indeed. As for the many shameful stories told by our partners about his foreign visits, we still have to digest them. And again, I must say that we have no country for those who want to turn it into a circus,” Armenian President said.
Armenia News - NEWS.am
Source : http://news.am/eng/news/252452.html

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Relations turco-arméniennes : violente charge de l'ancien président arménien Levon Ter Petrossian à l'adresse des organisations diasporiques arméniennes et du tyranneau Sarkissian

Ter-Petrosian Blasts Armenian Genocide Declaration

Emil Danielyan

Հրապարակված է՝ 11.02.2015

Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian on Wednesday strongly criticized President Serzh Sarkisian and leaders of Armenian Diaspora organizations for urging Turkey to recognize the 1915 Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire.


Ter-Petrosian also claimed that their “pan-Armenian declaration” issued late last month commits official Yerevan to laying claim to vast swathes of land in eastern Turkey that were populated by Armenians until the genocide.

The declaration was adopted by a high-level commission planning and coordinating upcoming commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the tragedy. The commission is headed by Sarkisian and comprises other senior Armenian state officials, the top clerics of the Armenian Apostolic Church and Diaspora leaders. Sarkisian personally read out the declaration at the genocide memorial in Yerevan on January 29.

The document calls on the Turkish state to “face up to its own history and past” by ending its long-running denial of the genocide.

In an extensive article published in the pro-opposition daily “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun,” Ter-Petrosian described this call as a meaningless “ultimatum” which is not fraught with any negative consequences for Ankara. “How many times should be it said that recognition of the Armenian genocide is a matter for the Turks, rather than us, the Armenians?” asked the man who served as Armenia’s first president from 1991-1998.

“Other states can call and do call on Turkey to face up to its own history. But Armenia must in no case do the same because that would harm its dignity and not contribute at all to the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations,” said Ter-Petrosian. He stood by his past statements that Ankara would recognize the genocide only after such a normalization followed by an “atmosphere of trust” between Armenia and Turkey.

The ex-president was even more critical of another declaration passage which says that Armenia and its worldwide Diaspora will strive to not only get more countries to condemn the slaughter of 1.5 million Ottoman Armenians but also “overcome consequences of the genocide.” In that context, it refers to the 1920 Treaty of Sevres that envisaged Armenian control over much of what is now eastern Turkey.

Ter-Petrosian claimed that this amounts to territorial claims to Turkey which successive Armenian governments have avoided until now despite pressure from nationalist groups at home and especially in the Diaspora.The Sarkisian administration’s “drastic U-turn” will make the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations even more unlikely in the foreseeable future, he said.


The declaration in question says that commission experts are now working on a “package of legal demands” to be addressed to the Turkish government. But it does not specify whether they will include territorial claims.

Vigen Sargsian, the presidential chief of staff involved in the commission’s work, could not say on January 30 when those experts will come up with concrete recommendations. “We have set no concrete time frames as to when that group should come up with its final package,” he told a news conference aimed at stressing the importance of the declaration.

It remains to be seen whether the planned legal claims will run counter to the 2009 Turkish-Armenian protocols that committed Sarkisian’s government to explicitly recognizing Armenia’s existing border with Turkey.

The U.S.-brokered protocols never went into effect due to Ankara’s failure to have them unconditionally ratified by the Turkish parliament. Sarkisian has so far ignored opposition and Diaspora calls for Yerevan to formally annul them.
Source : http://www.azatutyun.am/content/article/26842517.html

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mardi 10 février 2015

Campagne de boycott économique contre Israël : l'antisémitisme au sein de la communauté arménienne des Etats-Unis

The Deep Roots of BDS
February 3, 2015, 2:59 pm

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A variety of actors represent the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement, on university campuses across the United States. For those unfamiliar, BDS is the flagship of anti­​-Semitic campus organizing. We easily recognize the louder voices at the table; Muslim Student Associations and the perpetually confusing Students for Justice in Palestine. Yet logic dictates that the numbers supporting BDS are barely covered by these 2 most obvious. Picking apart the pieces of the BDS movement isn’t a pretty task, but it does reveal truth, and in this world of propaganda and outright lies, we cannot afford to be squeamish or stingy with the facts.

Armenian student groups in the U.S. publicly side with BDS, a page in the alarming and practically unknown history of Armenian anti­​-Semitism. Armenian student groups may seem unlikely anti-­​Semites, because Armenia is a Christian nation, and both Armenians and Jews have more people living in diaspora than in their respective ancestral homelands. But a deeper survey of Armenian history and current attitudes reveal ample records of Jew hatred permeating Armenia for centuries. The purpose of calling out Armenian-­A​merican students is to shine light on the connection between a dominant and longstanding Armenian anti-Semitism and the current generation of Armenian anti­-Semitic actions, playing out today on BDS campuses.

During the last few decades, the American public has been extensively introduced to the facts concerning the genocide committed in 1915 in the Ottoman Empire against the profoundly victimized Armenians. A significant majority of the Armenian survivors and their descendants live in the U.S. today. Genocide created an intense diaspora for Armenians; exiled from Europe and psychically traumatized by its incalculable impact. Yet this is not the entire picture of Armenia’s history with genocide, and a deeper analysis of historic and current trends in Armenia reveals an unflattering paradox of identity and action. Violent prejudice against Jews and deeply anti­-S​emitic action in Armenia is a long­​term crisis, despite an absolute lack of public awareness to this fact, particularly in the United States.
Anti­-S​emites commonly accuse Israel and her supporters of “using” the Holocaust to negotiate a sovereign nation for Jews. It is practically unknown to most that Armenian anti­-S​emites played a weighty role in Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’, specifically when 20,000 Armenian Nazi collaborators lent a hand by rounding up Jews and other ‘undesirables’ behind the German army as it swept across Russia, and organized death marches to concentration camps. The leaders of those collaborators were General Dro and General Njdeh, both hailed as national heroes in Armenia today. Moreover, in 1930s the Armenian-American media outlets, such as “Hairenik”, gave their full propaganda support to Hitler, calling Jews “poisonous elements”, justifying the Holocaust and naming it a necessary “surgical operation”.

It seems that by publicizing and earning American recognition of the Armenian Genocide, somehow Armenia has evaded criticism for longstanding anti­​-Semitic actions and crimes against humanity.
It is no secret that public awareness is a key priority for the                     Armenian­-A​merican identity. Though given little credit for their efforts, Armenian student groups at University of California, Los Angeles, played a significant role in formulating the arguments and agenda against Israel, starting with their opposition to American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Anti­-Defamation League (ADL) affiliated programming and resources on campus. Their reason, despite much evidence to the contrary, is the blatantly false claim that the ADL and AIPAC both participate in Armenian Genocide denial and Islamophobia; neither proven or true in any regard. This propaganda is a shining example of the twisted misuse of the concept of victim, an abuse of the concept and practice of empathy, considering that both ADL and AIPAC publicly recognize the genocide and the tragedy of Islamophobia. This is part of the greater fiction of BDS; that it purports to exist for the sake of victims, yet its very design and agenda is to victimize Jews and supporters of Israel.

Knowing the historical background of Armenian anti­​-Semitism, perhaps it is less surprising to analyze a 2014 international survey on current trends in anti­​-Semitism, conducted by ADL. The survey showed that 1.3 million out of 2.2 million adults in Armenia share anti-­S​emitic beliefs. Armenia actually took first place as the most anti­-S​emitic country in Eastern Europe, and held for 3rd place across all of Europe. To demonstrate the fever, Armenia tallied in as 2% more anti­-S​emitic than Iran. Considering the level of anti­​-Semitism in Armenia, one can understand why Iran and Syria are two of Armenia’s most important allies today.

With this history lesson on Armenian Jew-­​hatred, it is not very astonishing that Armenian​-American student groups side unilaterally against the State of Israel, despite Armenian history with genocide and injustice, and the public awareness of Armenia as a victimized nation. Anti­​-Semitism as old and intense as it is in Armenia doesn’t just disappear with one generation, especially when the majority still living in their nation of origin harbors the same beliefs today. What is meaningful beyond this analysis is the sense it brings to the logic of BDS, a logic that is often challenging to follow. How can a victimized nation like Armenia support BDS and anti-­S​emitism today? The simple answer is that it always has.
Source : http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-deep-roots-of-bds/

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lundi 9 février 2015

La Turquie salue le rejet de la demande de libération du terroriste dachnak Harry "Hampig" Sassounian

Turkey welcomes parole rejection of diplomat's murderer

06 February 2015 18:33 (Last updated 06 February 2015 18:34)
Armenian-origin Sassounian killed Turkish Consul General Arikan in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 1982. Authorities have rejected Sassounian’s request for bail

ANKARA

Turkey has welcomed the rejection of parole to a convicted murderer of a Turkish diplomat serving jail time in the U.S.

Armenian-origin Hampig Sassounian killed Turkish Consul General Kemal Arikan in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 1982. Authorities rejected Sassounian’s request for bail.


"We welcome that the request for release on parole of the terrorist Sassounian, who on 28 Jan.1982 assassinated Arikan in a treacherous attack has been rejected at the parole hearing held on Friday," Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"We consider this rejection decision as appropriate in terms of universal principles of justice as well as necessary for an effective and uncompromising stance against terrorism," Spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in the statement.

Bilgic also said that Turkey paid tribute to Arikan and other Turkish diplomats and citizens who were victims of terrorism.
Source : http://www.aa.com.tr/en/u/461946--turkey-welcomes-parole-rejection-of-diplomats-murderer

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Isolement du régime bananier arménien par rapport aux projets énergétiques dans la région

Armenia isolated itself from energy projects in region – Turkish minister
29 January 2015, 16:14 (GMT+04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.29

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Armenia has isolated itself from the energy projects in the region, Turkish Minister for Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Lutfi Elvan said.


The minister said that the economic situation in Armenia is extremely deplorable,
TRT Haber TV channel reported on Jan.29.

Elsewhere, Elvan added that as always, Ankara stands for the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, adding that the settlement of this conflict will contribute to the economic development of the whole region.

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

Edited by SI

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Source : http://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/karabakh/2358570.html

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Meurtres de Gyumri : la querelle russo-arménienne continue

Russia, Armenia Continue Wrangling Over Soldier Accused Of Mass Murder
February 5, 2015 - 2:32pm, by Joshua Kucera

    The Bug Pit
    Armenia
    Nagorno Karabakh
    Russia

Armenia's chief prosecutor has formally asked his Russian counterpart to hand over a Russian soldier accused of killing seven members of a family outside Russia's military base in Armenia. The request was made just after the two sides apparently had agreed to try the soldier in a Russian military court at the base.


The Russian soldier, Valery Permyakov, is accused of killing seven members of the Avetsiyan family just after deserting his guard post at the 102nd military base in Gyumri, Armenia's second city, on January 12. Shortly afterwards the Armenian authorities announced that Permyakov would be tried under the Russian justice system, in spite of the fact that the base agreement seems to suggest he should be tried under Armenian jurisdiction. That sparked unprecedented protests in Gyumri and Yerevan by Armenians unhappy about how the case was being handled.

More than three weeks later, the back-and-forth jockeying between Russia and Armenia over the case continues, indicating that it remains the subject of delicate negotiations, with serious implications for Armenia's government stability and Armenia-Russia relations.

"The situation in Armenia remains fluid. Mishandling of the Gyumri murders may lead to a political crisis in Yerevan and a major government shake-up. Russia’s military presence in Armenia has yet to be challenged by any major local political force," wrote analyst Emil Sanamyan in Jane's Defence Weekly. "However, unless leaders on both sides act swiftly to rebuild trust – in particular by holding an open trial and punishing officers responsible for the suspect’s desertion – the case will cast a chill on relations and could contribute to Armenia’s realignment away from Putin’s Russia."

One possible sign of Yerevan's displeasure with Moscow was Armenia's abstention from a vote in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on stripping Russia of its voting rights in the group. Russian commentator Gevorg Mirzayan noted pointedly that Azerbaijan and Turkey both supported Russia on that vote. Mirzayan concludes with a veiled threat: "That can bring about a predictable irritation in Moscow and the sympathies of the Russian leadership in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict can more and more lean towards Baku. Which, in contrast to Yerevan, doesn't claim a role of a fundamental vector of Russian foreign policy, but wants to get concrete support from Moscow on concrete regional issues."

Armenian commentator Naira Airumyan notes that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet announced where he'll be on April 24, the day that Armenia will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, while Turkey will hold a competing event commemorating the Battle of Gallipoli.

All this, of course, while the situation in the contested territory of Nagorno Karabakh grows more tense than it has been since a cease fire was signed 20 years ago. As Azerbaijan's military might grows, fueled by big oil and gas revenues, Armenia becomes more and more reliant on Russian assistance in the case war breaks out again.

Asked about Armenia's request to hand over Permyakov, the office of Russia's chief prosecutor declined to comment.
Source : http://www.eurasianet.org/node/71941

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Le Conseil de l'Europe rapporte des cas de mauvais traitements sur des détenus en Arménie

Council of Europe slaps Armenia over inhuman treatment of prisoners
28 January 2015, 14:47 (GMT+04:00)

By Mushvig Mehdiyev

Detainees in Armenia have been subjected to physical or psychological ill-treatment and excessive use of force, reported a committee of the Council of Europe.


The Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment published on January 27 its reports on the last two ad hoc visits to Armenia, carried out in April 2013 and in May 2014.

During the visit in April 2013, the CPT’s delegation received a significant number of allegations from detainees that were subjected to physical ill-treatment mainly consisted of punches, kicks, or inappropriate use of batons, at the time of arrest or during subsequent questioning.


Moreover, a number of allegations were received about the threats of physical ill-treatment and repercussions for family members. In several cases, the ill-treatment was of such a severity that it could be considered as torture including extensive beatings, infliction of electric shocks, simulated asphyxiation with a gas mask, blows to the soles of the feet and etc. In a number of cases, the medical examination of the victims and the consultation of medical files by the delegation revealed injuries which were consistent with the allegations of ill-treatment.

In their response, the Armenian authorities indicated that new guidelines have been issued and the training of police officers has been enhanced to prevent the cases of ill-treatment.

However, the CPT's examination into the relevant documentation, including investigation of files related to complaints about police ill-treatment, revealed a number of flaws in the current system in Armenia that clearly undermined the effectiveness of any action taken to detect and investigate such cases. The CPT made a number of specific recommendations to improve the existing procedures for the reporting of injuries and the processing of potential cases of police ill-treatment by prosecutors.

The CPT’s delegation has also carried out a target visit to Yerevan-Kentron Prison to examine the conditions under which the life-sentenced prisoners were being held. In the report, the CPT expressed serious concerns over the failure of Armenia to adhere to specific recommendations made following the previous visits. Thus, no change were observed in the situation of two life-sentenced prisoners, who had been continuously held in solitary confinement for 13 years, without being offered any out-of-cell activity other than outdoor exercise for one hour per day.

The committee emphasized that the conditions, under which the two prisoners were held, could be considered as inhuman and degrading treatment, since neither of them was provided with adequate psychiatric treatment, even though they both suffered from severe mental disorders.

The CPT’s delegation visited Nubarashen and Kentron Prisons in Yerevan in May 2014 in an effort to review the situation of life-sentenced prisoners in the country.

The visit disclosed that many of the specific recommendations previously made by the committee have not been implemented in practice, particularly in regard to the detention regime of life-sentenced prisoners, the restrictions on prisoners’ contact with the outside world and the systematic use of handcuffs. The situation of the two aforementioned life-sentenced prisoners in Kentron prison remained by and large unchanged since the 2013 visit of the committee.

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Source : http://www.azernews.az/aggression/76716.html

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