HCA Vanadzor has joined the information campaign organized within the framework of the International Day against Fascism and Antisemitism
On the initiative of UNITED, the European Network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants, refugees and minorities, since 1992 November 9th has been marked as the International Day against Fascism and Antisemitism.
This year’s International Day against Fascism and Antisemitsm is once more taking place on November 9th, commemorating the “Kristallnacht” pogrom of 1938, which marked the beginning of the world’s largest genocide, later known as the Holocaust. It was on November 9th, 1938 that the fascist Nazi Party initiated the systematic eradication of Jewish people by destroying their homes and belongings as well as setting synagogues on fire, injuring and killing many Jews in the process.
As a result of cooperation with Germany-based European Intercultural Forum and Georgia-based Academy for Peace and Development, a next-in-time peace-building training was organized within ‘Training Laboratory: Designing Learning for Peace’ program and is currently in progress. The program started in August 2017 and will be carried out by March 2018.
This year’s theme of the International Day of Peace is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” so we, the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly – Vanadzor, would like to invite every single person to join us in the progress towards building a Culture of Peace.
In case of failure to take steps in the abovementioned directions, we consider that the OSCE should discuss the termination of Russia’s participation in the OSCE Minsk Group.
On April 10-18, 2016, Georgia hosted the first training workshop of “Education for Peace – Competences for Peace Education in the Youth Field” educational project attended by 3 representatives from each of the countries below: European countries: Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Latvia, Ukraine, and 3 South Caucasus countries: Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
We believe that this patriarchal act of war can be stopped by the collective action and demand for institutional demilitarization and end of state oppression across the region, rise of our grassroots movements for justice and peace through the non-violence civil disobedience and public critical consciousness informed by intersectional solidarity and radical feminist thought with the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan at the center of our hearts and agenda.
Below are the signatories to the Statement: Anna Manukyan, Artak Hakobyan, Artush Khanjyan, Svetlana Aslanyan, Tigran Besalyan, Vardan Babayan and Institute for Democracy and Law Development NGO.
To contribute to the study of the circumstances in which persons went missing during the hostilities broken out on the night of April 2, 2016, their fate and likely whereabouts, the circumstances of captivity of prisoners of war, and the potential activities aimed at their return, as well as to support the study of the circumstances and causes of how servicemen were killed in action and promote their families’ right to receive information, HCA Vanadzor carries on its activities aimed at collection of information.