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Maral Najarian repatriates to Armenia

Maral Najarian, a Lebanese Armenian, who spent four months in Azerbaijani captivity, has repatriated to Armenia, the Diaspora High Commissioner’s Office reports.

Ms. Najarian had a meeting with High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Zareh Sinanyan and the Office’s Head of Repatriation Hovhannes Aleksanyan on Wednesday.

She described her experience in an Azerbaijani prison, her release and current health condition. Reference was made to how the Office can help Maral find a job in Armenia.

“Maral’s experience and her unwavering patriotism make her an exemplary figure for the

Armenia takes Azerbaijan to top UN Court

The Republic of Armenia today instituted proceedings against the Republic of Azerbaijan before the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, with regard to alleged violations of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

The Applicant contends that “[f]or decades, Azerbaijan has subjected Armenians to racial discrimination” and that, “[a]s a result of this State-sponsored policy of Armenian hatred, Armenians have been subjected to systemic discrimination, mass killings, torture and other abuse”.

According to Armenia, these violations are directed at individuals of Armenian ethnic or national origin regardless of their actual nationality. Armenia claims that “[t]hese practices once again came to the fore in Septem

Armenian Parliament Speaker, Baroness Cox discuss situation resulting from Artsakh war

President of the National Assembly Alen Simonyan received the Delegation headed by Member of the UK House of Lords, Baroness Caroline Cox.

Alen Simonyan said it was a honor for him to host a great friend of the Armenian people.

Alen Simonyan thanked the Baroness for her consistent support to Armenia and Artsakh.

The President of the Parliament and Baroness Cox discussed the situation created as a result of the war, referred to the issue of prisoners of war and civilians held by Azerbaijan.

The Baroness expressed concern over the

Radio Aurora stops broadcasting in Karabakh

Radio Aurora stops broadcasting in Karabakh

September 16, 2021 – 17:33 AMT

PanARMENIAN.NetRadio Aurora will stop broadcasting in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), Director Mikael Janpoladyan said on Facebook Thursday, September 16.

“It hurts me to say, but we are a private company, and we cannot constantly lose money. We have already lost all our property in Shushi. Now we do not know where to take the new equipment, or whether it is worth doing at all,” Janpoladyan said.

According to him, the Azerbaijani side is drowning out the signal all the time, and it is impossible to invest money again without knowing what will happen tomorrow.

Janpoladyan said the last

Armenia army chief, U.S. Defense Attaché discuss army reform, Karabakh

Armenia army chief, U.S. Defense Attaché discuss army reform, Karabakh

September 16, 2021 – 14:48 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The Chief of the Army General Staff, Lieutenant General Artak Davtyan met the newly appointed U.S. Defense Attaché to Armenia, Colonel Gregory Pipes on Wednesday, September 15.

Issues related to the security situation in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) after the end of the hostilities and the reforms of the Armed Forces were discussed during the meeting. The parties reaffirmed their readiness to develop the Armenian-American military cooperation, emphasizing that the current programs should be continued, new mutual

Aurora to refocus Prize on immediate crises

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has announced the adjustment of the structure of its flagship program, the Aurora Prize. From 2022 onwards, half of the Prize award will be directed by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative to combat one of the worst humanitarian crises where human suffering requires urgent intervention. In addition, this year, considering the acute needs of the people of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) affected by the 2020 war, Aurora will recommend the 2021 Aurora Prize Laureate to direct $250,000 (or 25%) of the award funds to addressing urgent humanitarian issues in Artsakh. The Aurora Co-Founders are committed to matching this contribution to bring the total amount to $500,000.

Since its inception in 2016, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has awarded an annual Aurora Prize of $1M to outstanding indivi

Pashinyan: 243 missing after Second Karabakh War

Pashinyan: 243 missing after Second Karabakh War

September 16, 2021 – 10:57 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – 243 people are still missing after the 44-day war unleashed by Azerbaijan against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) in fall 2020, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Wednesday, September 15.

Pashinyan added that the figures are constantly being updated as “work is underway” to find out their fate.

“No international meeting with the involvement of Armenian officials – from parliamentary platforms to government ones – takes place without raising the issue of missing persons, captives,” Pashinyan told lawmakers on Thursday, September

Pashinyan, Russia

Azerbaijan’s policy obviously provocative, Armenia’s Security Council Secretary tells CSTO

Secretary of the Security Council Armen Grigoryan addressed a joint meeting of CSTO Foreign Ministers, Defense Ministers and Secretaries of the Security Council in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia Armen Grigoryan today briefed the participants of the joint meeting of CSTO Foreign Ministers, Defense Ministers and Secretaries of the Security Council in Dushanbe on the current realities in the Caucasus region

He drew special attention to the latest developments in the Artsakh issue. The Secretary noted that Azerbaijan continues to demonstrate a non-constructive approach, among other things, and to this day refuses to return Armenian prisoners of war, hostages or other detainees, ignoring its own commitments.

Referring to the poli

Jivan Avetisyan’s “Gate To Heaven” to premiere at Alex Theatre in Los Angeles

The United States premiere of Jivan Avetisyan’s Gate to Heaven will take place at the Alex Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, September 17.

Filmed in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), Gate to Heaven is an Art House film. It centers on Robert Stenvall (50), a German journalist, who returns to Artsakh in 2016 to cover the war, which was reignited after a 22-year ceasefire.

During the course of his journalistic investigations, Robert meets Sophia Marti (35), a young opera singer, who happens to be the daughter of missing photojournalist Edgar M

Diaspora professionals train teachers across Armenia

Dozens of school directors and teachers from Armenia’s different regions gathered on Monday to celebrate the completion of the yearlong “School Management” courses implemented by Diaspora professionals. During the event, 17 teachers, who were part of an academic competition, received gifts for their success in developing action plans around how to integrate Armenian identity and culture within their classrooms.

The ‘School Management’ courses were organized and taught by Diaspora professionals, Narine Sirakanyan and Onnik Bayramian, who joined Armenia’s public sector as part of the RA Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs’ iGorts program. About 250 schools and 1600 principals, vice principals and teachers from around the country received training both in-person and online on the latest pedagogical strategies and techniques. Specific training topics included the Classroom Without Borders Approach, Facilitating and Not Teaching, Integrating Armenian