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 ANC UK Newsletter January 2024

1. Join us for a discussion with Arman Tatoyan in London on March 17th
2. UK cross-party Parliamentary delegation’s visit to Armenia
3. Baroness Cox interview with ‘120,000 Reasons’
4. Recent developments and n
ews articles covering Armenia and Artsakh

1. Join us for a discussion with Arman Tatoyan in London on March 17th

Join us for a discussion with Arman Tatoyan, the former Human rights Defender of Armenia, at Navasartian Centre (223 Northfield Avenue, London, United Kingdom) on Sunday 17 of March at 5pm. The event is under the auspices of the Diocese of The Armenian Church of the United Kingdom & Ireland and co-organised by the Armenian National Committee of United Kingdom.

Award winning British Armenian comedian, pianist, activist and star of Armenia Uncovered Kev Orkian will be moderating the event. You can come and ask Arman about the Armenian border issues, security, Artsakh ethnic cleansing, Armenian constitution and much more

2. UK cross-party Parliamentary delegation’s visit to Armenia

During the UK cross-party Inter Parliamentary delegation’s visit to Armenia, the delegates visited Tsisernakabert, Armenia’s official memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian genocide. The delegation was led by John Whittingdale MP.
The UK cross-party inter Parliamentary delegation led by John Whittingdale MP met with some of the forcibly displaced people of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) during their visit to Jermuk on February 14.

More information here: https://armenpress.am/eng/news/1130332/

3. Baroness Cox interview with ‘120,000 Reasons’


Baroness Cox spoke to the international campaign group ‘120,000 Reasons, which  fights to defend the rights of the 120,000 Armenians who were forcibly displaced from their home in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) by Azerbaijan.

“Azerbaijan is getting away with an assault on people within Armenia itself, with impunity, and I think that is very worrying … I think we need to highlight that because it is a violation of national sovereignty and an attack on civilians in what should be peaceful areas”, Baroness Cox said.

Read the press release of HART here

4. Recent developments and news articles covering Armenia and Artsakh

According to Arman Tatoyan, former Human Rights Defender of Armenia, the four Armenian servicemen who were killed and injured by Azerbaijan were hit from the Azerbaijani positions inside the territory of Armenia. “Any presence of Azerbaijani armed servicmen in the vicinity of any community of Armenia or on the roads between communities is unlawful, criminal”, he said.
“The Armenian alphabet is not just a writing system: it’s also a numerical system used for mathematical calculations and recording calendar dates, as well as a national point of pride”.
Read it here
UK authorities have frozen 22 London properties that the Azerbaijani lawmaker Javanshir Feyziyev and his wife are suspected to have bought with “the proceeds of unlawful conduct,” the high court ruled on Thursday.
Read it here

Azerbaijani terrorist Kamil Zeynalli, who beheaded an elderly Armenian during the 2020 war in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) was detained at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport and charged for murder after being placed on an international wanted list by Armenia. Zeynalli, who also works as a fitness influencer, received a medal in 2021 by the Azerbaijani Government for his actions during the war. He was later released back to Azerbaijan.
The Azerbaijani armed forces killed four Armenian soldiers and wounded one during its latest attack in Nerkin Hand, Syunik, on the morning of February 13, according to the information reported by the Ministry of Defence of Armenia.
Read it here
The Lemkin Institute issued a new Red Flag Alert for Azerbaijan “based on the renewed aggressiveness of the Azerbaijani state in the wake of President Ilham Aliyev’s re-election on 7 February 2024”.
Read it here

Despite the fact that the UK government “publicly condemned the Aliyev regime’s ‘unacceptable use of force’ in Nagorno-Karabakh”, “a recording of the online meeting, shared with the Guardian by campaigners at Global Witness, includes one senior UK government official encouraging business leaders to take advantage of the financial opportunities in the ‘huge western chunk of the country that needs to be rebuilt from the ground up'”.

“Jonathan Noronha-Gant, a senior campaigner at Global Witness, said: ‘Behind closed doors, the UK government is calling Azerbaijan’s ethnic cleansing of Nagorno-Karabakh a ‘great opportunity’. What century are these officials living in? It’s not a great opportunity for the UK, nor for the people who were displaced'”.

Read it here

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