Newsletter No 20

Armenian Genocide Commemoration Events in London

Dear Members of the Armenian community in the United Kingdom,

Thank you for your continued support of ANC UK in our efforts to influence and guide UK policy on the issue of Artsakh and recognition of the Armenian Genocide. A warm welcome to those of you who have recently signed up to our newsletter.

Armenian Genocide Commemoration – Apricot Tree at Ealing Green

The Armenian community of Ealing commemorated together with his excellency Ambassador Nersesyan, the 107th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Ealing Green and laid flowers at the memorial apricot tree. Members of Parliament Rupa Huq and James Murray, leader of the Ealing Council Peter Mason and retired Member of Parliament Stephen Pound, who were all invited to attend by the Armenian National Committee UK, each made a tribute. The event was organised by the Armenian Community Council. Chairman of ANC UK Annette Moskofian delivered a speech calling for justice:

“Despite Azerbaijan’s caviar diplomacy and the millions Azeris and Turks spend on PR, Tim Loughton MP said during our recent visit to Armenia, there are more supporters in the Parliament than ever before.

So, your efforts are making a difference. Now we can see the increasing support from our Ealing MPs and the Council.

 We have MPs from across the Union, from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who have a genuine interest in Armenian issues. The liberal Democrats have urged the UK government to recognise the Armenian Genocide. More and more influential Labour and Conservative MPs are now staunch advocates of our cause. This was demonstrated by the Private Member’s Bills and the Early day motions on The UK recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the Parliament.

Therefore, we must increase our community pressure and gain further support. We do this to stop further atrocities against Armenians and in the world at large.

Our history deserves justice.

Our future demands justice because our cause is Just.”

Cenotaph wreath laying ceremony to mark the Armenian Genocide anniversary

The 107th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was also marked with a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in London. Members of Parliament Tim Loughton Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Armenia, Catherine West, John Spellar, Chris Law, Sammy Wilson and a representative from the Cypriot community were all present to take part in the commemoration.

Tim Loughton made a powerful statement recognising the Armenian Genocide as an atrocity in our world’s history. In reference to the Armenian Genocide, he highlighted that it is important to educate the world about the horrors that happened, and to learn from those lessons so that these mistakes are not repeated in the future. Finally, we added:

“We will do whatever we can to make sure that in this country, the public are educated and are aware of the horrors of the Armenian Genocide, we learn the lessons from them; and we all strive together to make sure that justice comes to the victims and their families, and that we do everything so that those horrors do not visit again”.

John Spellar and Chris Law also made speeches and urged the UK government to recognise the Armenian Genocide.

We sincerely thank all the MPs who accepted ANC’s invitation to attend and grateful for their constant support to our cause.

Baroness Caroline Cox’s message on Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day

Baroness Caroline Cox delivered a strong message on Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day, calling for the UK Government to recognise the Armenian Genocide. She highlighted that part of the United Kingdom, Wales, has already recognised the Genocide.

Baroness Caroline Cox also expressed her deep concern for the current situation and the potential risk of another genocide perpetrated by Azerbaijan in respect of the Armenian people of Artsakh. She rightly noted that Azerbaijan should not continue with impunity to carry out its crimes against humanity and its threats of genocide.

You can watch her message here

Tim Loughton also delivered a message about the Armenian Genocide. You can watch his message here:


Social media campaign for Armenian Genocide recognition

Several Parliamentarians and organisations in the UK joined our social media campaign for Armenian Genocide recognition. MPs Tim Loughton, Rupa Huq and Chris Law, Lord Alton, Baroness Cox, National Federation of Cyprus, Genocide 80Twenty, HART UK, RWBA Holocaust, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, all made tributes to the Armenian Geocide through their social media posts.

Lord Hylton questions the UK Government on Russia’s peacekeeping duties in Artsakh

Lord Hylton questioned the UK Government on how they are ensuring Russia remains committed to its peacekeeping duties in Artsakh. In his question for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 1 April 2022, he asked the following:

“To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Russia to remind that country about the duty on its peace-keeping forces to prevent (1) attacks by Azerbaijan on Armenia, (2) cease-fire violations, and (3) attempts by Azerbaijan to intimidate residents of Nagorno-Karabakh into leaving their homes.”

The following answer followed on 20 April 2022 from Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office):

“The UK Government has had no conversations with the Government of Russia regarding the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, following its invasion of Ukraine.”

Lord Hylton has since raised the question again on 25 April 2022, asking Her Majesty’s Government whether there are intentions to remind the government of Russia of its peace-keeping duties.

Afternoon Tea with Baroness Cox

What Can You Do To Help?

Please write to your MP and urge them to ask the government to recognise the Armenian Genocide:

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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