Newsletter No 17

Armenian National Committee UK wishes you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Շնորհավոր Ամանոր եւ Սուրբ ծնունդ

The Year in a glance for Armenian advocacy in the UK for 2021
It has been a very busy and fruitful year for our advocacy in the UK, thanks to the ever-growing list of Parliamentarians that have helped us further our cause.

Armenian Security and Artsakh

We have successfully advocated to raise awareness of the security and humanitarian issues concerning Armenia and Artsakh by sending regular briefings to parliamentarians and the Foreign and Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Consequently, several MPs and House of Lords Peers have either sent letters or asked questions from the FCDO. We have met with the Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas, Wendy Morton, communicated problems facing Armenia and   have sent letters to the urging action from the UK government. We believe that to achieve lasting peace and prosperity in the region Artsakh’s self-determination rights must be respected.

All party Parliamentary Group for Armenia

We have had regular meetings with the group members and have been able to grow the number of group members. We successfully held our AGM and elected the officers. With the leadership of Tim Loughton, the Chairman of the APPG more parliamentarians have been made aware problems facing Armenia. We wrapped up the year with an Armenian wine and brandy tasting event in the Parliament. We were delighted that the newly appointed Armenian Ambassador Varuzhan Nersesyan was present and addressed the AGM and the event.

Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

For the first time in the UK a Private Member’s Bill was presented in the House of Commons in November by Tim Loughton MP. The bill was heard as a Ten Minute Rule Motion without objections. The bill was cosponsored by 14 MPs from all six political parties and was truly a cross party effort.

John Spellar MP submitted an Early Day Motion for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, and this was also signed by 28 MPs. He subsequently submitted a Private Member’s Bill which is currently scheduled for January 2022 and might be debated depending on the parliamentary agenda.

The Armenian Genocide recognition has also been raised in the House of lords by Baroness Cox and Lord Alton.

We have prepared and sent regular newsletters to our supporters to update them on our advocacy and asked them to write to their MP.
We want to thank everyone for their support and hope we will have an even stronger impact and grow the number of our supporters.

Building deeper cooperation with allies

ANC UK is looking forward to building deeper cooperation with the Cypriot, Kurdish, Alevi, and Egyptian community representatives in the UK.  

Please give today to help our campaigns

ANC UK has so far worked in volunteering capacity, campaigning on behalf of the Armenian community, continuously pushing the UK government on the issues of Artsakh and the Armenian Genocide, helping remove pro-Azeri propaganda in London, and providing direct assistance to the officers and members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Armenia.

As we move into the next phase of our campaigning, we need our community’s help to ensure we can gain the support of more parliamentarians. This means supporting the campaign by contacting your MPs and donating to ANC UK to help us hire a much-needed permanent staff member.

With everything that we’ve all been through and all that lies ahead, we need your faith, your friendship, and financial generosity more than ever before

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