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Zoryan's core concept

Zoryan's core concept is to serve the cause of scholarship and public awareness relating to issues of universal human rights, genocide, and diaspora-homeland relations. This is done through the systematic continued efforts of independent scholars and specialists using a comparative and multidisciplinary approach and in accordance with the highest academic standards.


Zoryan's Featured Activities

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Armenians can take Responsibility for our History and our Future by Joining the Conversation"

Arsinée Khanjian, award winning Canadian-Armenian actress and a Director of the Zoryan Institute, was held for questioning by the police in Armenia today during a demonstration in Yerevan, related to the hostage taking, now in its eleventh day. According to the Armenian Ambassador to Canada, Armen Yeganian, she was released a short time later. There is speculation that her detention was due to her public views of the current situation in Armenia and the social, economic, political forces and environmental issues that shape the Armenian reality. A video of Khanjian expressing her views on CivilNet can be viewed here.                                                                                                              read more
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German Bundestag Votes to Recognize the Armenian Massacres as "Genocide"

Wolfgang Gust, German scholar, and his wife Ingrid Gust, human rights lawyer, through their tireless efforts, painstakingly collected and published documents from the German Foreign Office Archive. These official documents revealed the extent of the Ottoman policy and planning with regards to the Armenian citizens of the Ottoman Empire.

These documents are of paramount importance in understanding the Armenian Genocide, since only Germany had the right to report official, uncensored, daily events during the ongoing deportations and massacres.

Here is a link to a brief excerpt from a 2016 interview with Wolfgang Gust that was produced by Zoryan board member and filmmaker Theodore Bogosian, presented here as part of our ZI e-Chronicles series. read more
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Three new Scholars join Zoryan's 15th Annual Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP)

Joyce Apsel, Course Director of Zoryan Institute's GHRUP welcomes new scholars, Dr. Andrew Woolford, Dr. Stephan Astourian, and Dr. Hazel Cameron to the faculty this year, as it approaches the 15th anniversary of the course, held annually at the University of Toronto campus. read more
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Zoryan Institute of Canada Welcomes Prime Minister Trudeau's Statement on the Occasion of the 101st Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

On this 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, we are grateful that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau preserves the memory of those who lost their lives during the events of 1915 and acknowledges those events as genocide against the Armenian people. He reaffirmed once more his principled stance on genocide, demonstrated earlier in his remarks on the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report a few months ago. read more
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Zoryan is SOCIAL

The Zoryan Institute is making an effort to put a stronger emphasis on its social media presence. If you use social media be sure to follow us on Facebook , Twitter & Youtube Feel free to retweet, share and like the posts of the Zoryan Institute!
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Zoryan Institute hosts powerful conference on the rights of Indigenous peoples

MONTREAL- A conference sponsored by the Zoryan Institute was held March 8-9 at McGill University's Faculty of Law to examine the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and possible ways to implement its findings. read more

To view select portions of the Conference please see:
Chief Doug White - From Truth to Reconciliation

                                                              Phil Fontaine - From Truth to Reconciliation

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Zoryan Supporters Share an Evening with the 2016 Board of Directors

The Zoryan Institute hosted a public event titled, "An Evening with the Zoryan Board of Directors" on February 20, 2016, to foster conversation and ask questions about Zoryan's work and achievements from the perspective of the Directors of the Academic and Corporate Boards. read more
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European Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber hears Perincek v. Switzerland case

Strasbourg, France - The European Court of Human Rights held a Grand Chamber hearing today, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 9:15 a.m. in Strasbourg, France on the case of Perincek v. Switzerland (application no. 27510/08). The case concerns the criminal conviction of Turkish politician Dogu Perincek for publicly denying the Armenian Genocide while in Switzerland. read more