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viernes, 25 de noviembre de 2011
Jueves, 01 de Diciembre - 19:00hs - Aula: 108
MR 10 - Experiencias regionales de intervención y activismo en la investigación en políticas de seguridad pública, violencia de estado y derechos humanos.
Dra. Carla Villalta (CONICET - Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Dra. Sofía Tiscornia (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina): "El Acuerdo de Seguridad Democrática. La experiencia de la red de investigadores sociales en el marco del Acuerdo". Dr. Roberto Kant de Lima (Universidad Federal Fluminense, Brasil): "La experiencia del INCT – InEAC en la intervención sobre políticas públicas en temas de seguridad y administración de conflictos en el espacio público".
Prof. Víctor Abramovich (Secretario Ejecutivo del Instituto de Políticas Públicas en Derechos Humanos del Mercosur -IPPDH-): "Intercambio y cooperación entre Universidades y Estados del Mercosur en temas de derechos humanos".
Dr. Gabriel Kessler (CONICET - Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina): "Desigualdad y delito: controversias políticas y académicas".
Presentación de libros
Viernes de 11:00 a 13:00Hs - aula 147
Poder Judicial y Dictadura. El caso de la morgue, (Del Puerto, 2011), de María José Sarrabayrouse Oliveira (UBA).
Viernes 2 de Diciembre de 14:00hs a 18:00hs - aula: 250
F02 – La búsqueda de verdad y la demanda de justicia en los juicios penales por los crímenes cometidos por el terrorismo de Estado en Argentina.
Dra. María José Sarrabayrouse Oliveira (UBA, Argentina) Lic. Valeria Barbuto (CELS, UBA, Argentina)
Lorena BALARDINI (CELS), Laura SOBREDO (CELS) Patricia BERNARDI (Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense), Mirna GORNASKY (Representante del Ministerio Público, Fiscal en causas por violaciones a los DD.HH. cometidas durante el Terrorismo de Estado), Carolina VARSKY (CELS) Mario Federico BOSCH (H.I.J.O.S., Regional Chaco) Ana OBERLIN (Abogada querellante, Rosario), Luciano HAZÁN (Abuelas Plaza de Mayo).
Grupos de Trabajo
Grupo de Trabajo 1. Violencia, Derechos Humanos y Procesos institucionales de administración de Conflictos. Perspectivas comparadas.
Miércoles y Jueves de 9 a 17 y viernes de 9 a 13. Aula 233
Coordinadores: Sofía Tiscornia - UBA; Roberto Kant de Lima - UFF; María José Sarrabayrouse Oliveira – UBA.
Comentaristas: María José Sarrabayrouse Oliveira - UBA; María Valeria Barbuto - CELS
Grupo de Trabajo 2. Territorios y mercados de legalidad e ilegalidad: de la ley y el delito a la gestión de los ilegalismos.
Jueves de 9 a 17. Aula 236
Coordinadores: María Victoria Pita - UBA; Lenin Pires - UFF
Comentaristas: María Victoria Pita, Lenin Pires – UFF, Silvina Merenson, Joaquín Gómez y Antonio Rafael Barbosa
Grupo de Trabajo 3. Burocracias, derechos y moralidades. Etnografías sobre procesos de interacción y prácticas jurídico-burocráticas.
Miércoles y Jueves de 9 a 17. Aula 126
Coordinadores: Carla Villalta - UBA y Lucía Eilbaum - UFF
Comentaristas: Carla Villalta - UBA y Lucía Eilbaum, Glaucia Montes Mouzinho, María Josefina Martínez, Eva Muzzopappa.
sábado, 19 de noviembre de 2011
LA FUNDACIÓN LUISA HAIRABEDIAN Y EL CENTRO PARA EL ESTUDIO Y LA INVESTIGACIÓN DEL HOLOCAUSTO INVITAN AL CICLO DE CONFERENCIA SOBRE SEGURIDAD DEMOCRÁTICA.
“Seguridad, Democracia y Derechos Humanos:
El rol de los medios de comunicación en las sociedades post genocidas y dictatoriales”
Lunes 21 de noviembre a las 18:30 hs. en el Salón Auditorio, Planta Principal- Facultad de Derecho UBA - Av. Figueroa Alcorta 2263
La Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Buenos Aires abre sus puertas para debatir acerca del rol de los medios de comunicación masiva en la construcción del "problema de la inseguridad”.
Se propone un espacio de debate acerca de la noticia criminal como alarma social, el favorecimiento de medidas autoritarias y represivas, la reproducción de la violencia policial y, como contracara, la escasa importancia dada a medidas de control de la violencia institucional y la escasa visibilidad dada los juicios por delitos de lesa humanidad cometidos durante la última dictadura militar como respuesta de la justicia a delitos graves, entre otros ejemplos.
Para ello convocamos a especialista de primer nivel:
- Martín Granovsky (Periodista)
- Victoria Rangugni (Investigadora del Instituto Gino Germani de la UBA)
- Estela Carlotto (Presidenta de Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo)
Coordinará el panel el Prof. Fernando Susini, del CEIH - UBA.
El acto tendrá lugar en el Salón Auditorio de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Buenos Aires el día lunes 21 de noviembre del 2011, a las 18:30 hs.
La entrada es libre y gratuita.
viernes, 18 de noviembre de 2011
21 DE NOVIEMBRE, 18.30 HS.:ESTELA DE CARLOTTO Y MARTÍN GRANOVSKY DEBATIRÁN SOBRE DERECHOS HUMANOS Y MEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN, EN LA UBA.
La conferencia “Seguridad, Democracia y Derechos Humanos: el rol de los medios de comunicación en las sociedades post-genocidas y dictatoriales” se llevará a cabo el lunes 21 de noviembre, a las 18.30 hs., en el Auditorio de la Facultad de Derecho de la UBA.
El panel estará integrado por la Presidenta de Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto; el periodista- ex Director de Télam- Martín Granovsky y la investigadora del Instituto Gino Germano de la UBA, Victoria Rangugni, con la coordinación del Dr. Fernando Susini.
La jornada -organizada por la Fundación Luisa Hairabedian y el Centro para el Estudio y la Investigación del Holocausto- tiene como objetivo tratar el rol de los medios de comunicación masiva en la construcción del “problema de la inseguridad” y el uso que se le da a la noticia criminal como alarma social, el favorecimiento de medidas autoritarias y represivas, la reproducción de la violencia policial y, como contracara, la escasa importancia dada a medidas de control de la violencia institucional y la escasa visibilidad dada los juicios por delitos de lesa humanidad cometidos durante la última dictadura militar como respuesta de la justicia a delitos graves, entre otros ejemplos.
Esta conferencia se realiza como parte del ciclo de conferencias académicas “Seguridad, Democracia y Derechos Humanos” en la que ya participaron León Arslanian, Raúl Eugenio Zaffaroni y Daniel Eduardo Rafecas oportunidad en la que debatieron sobre el rol de las fuerzas de seguridad en democracia.
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jueves, 17 de noviembre de 2011
But in a dramatic expansion of its mission, the foundation is now incorporating testimonies from mass atrocities other than the Holocaust into its archives. Five survivors of the Rwandan genocide are learning the organization’s archiving methods at the Shoah Foundation Institute here, part of an effort to add at least 1,000 interviews with Rwandans to the foundation’s archives. Ten testimonies from Rwanda have been recorded already, with at least 50 more expected next year. And the foundation will soon begin adding testimonies about other mass killings, including those of Armenians and Cambodians. “It’s important to be able to hear the voices of those who have experienced genocide in a variety of circumstances over the last hundred years,” said Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the Shoah Foundation.
With the broadened scope, however, the foundation has stepped into a contentious and continuing debate about the historical uniqueness of the Holocaust. Some historians are concerned that the voices of Holocaust survivors could be lost in a deluge of voices from survivors of all sorts of conflicts, its significance and singularity diminished. Menachem Z. Rosensaft, a vice president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants who also teaches about law and genocide at Columbia Law School, said that one of the responsibilities descendants of survivors have is to maintain “the integrity of memory.”
“I think it is extremely important to record and preserve the first-person accounts of all genocides,” Mr. Rosensaft said. “My concern would be that we not blur the individual experiences of survivors of the Holocaust, or survivors of Rwanda, into one large blur. Every genocide is a separate act, and must be remembered and chronicled as such.”
The Shoah Foundation was born from Mr. Spielberg’s experience making “Schindler’s List,” his 1993 Academy Award-winning film about the Holocaust. Nearly 5o years after the liberation of Auschwitz, Mr. Spielberg felt an urgent need to preserve remembrances of the Holocaust before survivors died.
In 2000, after the lion’s share of the 50,000 interviews with Holocaust survivors had been conducted, the foundation’s leaders began to turn their attention toward teaching lessons from the Holocaust to younger generations. Members of the foundation’s board of councilors said the addition of testimonies about other genocides was a natural next step and something Mr. Spielberg had always intended, which his spokesman confirmed.
(Mr. Spielberg no longer runs the foundation, which became part of the University of Southern California in 2006 and is now called the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. But he still has an advisory role and is consulted for all major decisions by the foundation.)
“We want to maximize the impact of these testimonies,” Harry Robinson, a longtime member of the foundation’s board, said. “We want to make these Holocaust memories even more relevant than they are by comparing them against ongoing examples of genocide or intolerance.”
At the Shoah Foundation’s office last week, the five Rwandan survivors sat in a video-editing room. They watched an older Jewish man on screen talking about peeling potatoes in a concentration camp, as they practiced indexing and archiving the testimonies.
After their six weeks of training here, they will return to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda, where they will conduct video interviews with survivors — as well as with witnesses of the genocide, and even some perpetrators — which will be available digitally for scholars worldwide, like the other testimonies at the Shoah Foundation.
The first-person stories from Rwanda could prove especially useful to historians because there are fewer written accounts of those atrocities than there are of Hitler’s “Final Solution.”
Yves Kamuronsi, one of the Rwandan survivors, said the testimonies not only helped piece together the events of the genocide in Rwanda, they also could help survivors recover from the trauma. But he said the Holocaust videos were sometimes difficult for him to watch.
“When I look at Holocaust survivors, I realize that they suffered before I was born,” he said. “I am listening to another generation of survivors as a survivor myself. I hope no other generation will have to listen to us as survivors.”
Rwanda is just the beginning of the Shoah Foundation’s expansion. Plans to add testimonies from survivors of the mass killings of Armenians in Turkey early in the last century (itself a heated topic of debate, as Turkey has vehemently rejected the label of genocide) are also in the works. And several interviews with survivors of the Cambodian genocide during the Khmer Rouge regime have already been recorded.
But even designating the atrocities in Rwanda or Cambodia as genocide can become a flashpoint in discussions about how the Holocaust should be remembered and commemorated.
Some historians argue that the Holocaust — in which the Nazis slaughtered 6 million Jews, many in gas chambers designed specifically for that purpose — was the only genocide in history, the only systematic effort to wipe an entire race of people from the earth. In Rwanda, around 800,000 people were killed during a few bloody months in 1994, many of them with weapons like machetes. Steven T. Katz, a professor of Judaic studies at Boston University, calls the killings in Rwanda “mass murder,” not genocide.
And while Professor Katz, too, supports scholarly efforts to document all cases of mass atrocities, he said the drift toward studying the Holocaust primarily alongside these other mass murders risks misunderstanding the Nazis’ attempt to eradicate the Jews from Europe as just one case of mass murder among many.
“With certain kinds of events, one needs to be able to say, this is new, or singular, or unprecedented,” he said.
Still, the trend to contextualize the Holocaust has continued. Some institutions, like the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, now address other genocides, and the Washington museum has set up a commission devoted to stopping future genocides.
It is this goal — an invocation of the mantra “Never again” — that drives the expansion of the Shoah Foundation’s archives. Mr. Smith, the foundation’s executive director, said he would like to collect testimonies from survivors of the violence in Darfur, Sudan, in hopes of helping bring that conflict to an end.
“There are some very clear indicators on the track to genocide,” he said. “I would like to feel that, at some point, we would be collecting voices of those experiencing exclusionary and genocidal ideology in real-time, and using their voices to warn those who have the ability to intervene.”
Les envío los días y horarios de emisión del micro producido por el Canal de la Ciudad acerca del evento "Buenos Aires Celebra Armenia"
Los horarios que les paso son hasta el domingo próximo incluído pero se seguirá emitiendo rotativo en la tanda del Canal.
Un cordial saludo a todos con el afecto de siempre
Día Horario Material
The following message is to bring to your attention the arrest of human rights activist and publisher Ragip Zarakolu.
Mr. Zarakolu has been a free speech activist for countless years and has been recently arrested and imprisoned in Turkey under anti-terrorism laws.
The Center for Armenian Remembrance (C.A.R.) is extremely concerned and outraged by the imprisonment of Mr. Zarakolu. Two publications by C.A.R. have been translated into Turkish in association with Mr. Zarakolu, including (1) Malta Belgeleri, the trial of the Young Turks responsible for the Armenian Genocide, and (2)Raphael Lemkin’s Dossier on the Armenian Genocide, a compilation of legal contributions made by the ‘father’ of the Genocide Convention.
C.A.R. would like to take this opportunity to keep you informed of the injustice continuing in Turkey to this day and protest Ragip Zarakolu’s arrest and imprisonment.
November 4, 2011
The Honorable Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Secretary Clinton,
It is with profound distress that we write you regarding the recent news that the prominent Turkish human rights activist, writer, and publisher, Ragıp Zarakolu, along with fifty other individuals, including his son Deniz and Büşra Ersanlı, a professor of political science at Istanbul’s Marmara University, were detained by Turkish authorities. Allegations that these prominent individuals are members of an “an illegal organization,” caught during a sweep-up that has been dubbed the KCK operation, are dubious. The operation, which has yet to conclude, is evidently targeting members of Turkey’s minority Kurdish community, namely those who belong to the political wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, the KCK (Union of Communities in Kurdistan).
Mr. Zarakolu has been charged under the country’s overbroad and vaguely-defined anti-terrorism laws for giving a lecture in Istanbul in 2010 to an assembly of the BDP (Peace and Democracy Party), a pro-Kurdish political party that boasts 36 seats in Turkey’s parliament. According to Zarakolu’s lawyer, Özcan Kılıç, his lecture was not recorded and there is little means of determining its content and what it may have contained to warrant his arrest. Moreover, aside from an article that was published by the online newspaper Dicle New Agency, no documents or other pieces of evidence have been adduced to even suggest that he has committed a crime. It should be borne in mind that the government has tried to link the BDP with the PKK, even though the former has avowed that there is no affiliation between the two.
Mr. Zarakolu has been a leading champion for the advancement of freedom of expression, civil liberties, social justice, and democracy in the Republic of Turkey for more than twenty years. He is a member of the Turkish branch of the PEN literary organization and is the chair holder of the Freedom to Publish Committee based in Turkey. Belge, the publishing house he and his late wife Ayşenur founded in 1977, has translated numerous books and other works that deal with the issues of the Armenian Genocide and the rights of the national minorities of Turkey. Zarakolu’s work has been hailed internationally and in recognition thereof, he has been awarded the NOVIB/PEN Free Expression Award, as well as the IPA Freedom to Publish Prize.
It is for this unfathomable reason that any of the allegations leveled against Mr. Zarakolu hold any water. Moreover, and unfortunately, it is all too clear that he and the others who are currently in custody were targeted in a coordinated campaign by Turkish authorities to crack down on dissenters. Mr. Zarakolu has been subject to this type of harassment for well over thirty years. His permission to travel outside of the country was revoked in 1971 and reinstated only twenty years later. In 1995, a right-wing group was blamed for a firebomb attack that destroyed the offices of his publishing house in Istanbul. In the past decade, the Turkish government has opened a multitude of cases against Zarakolu, charging him for violating the country’s draconian laws, including the notorious Article 301, which makes it a crime to “insult the Turkish nation.”
The United States State Department, as well as other international organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the United Nations, and the European Commission, have amply documented Turkey’s ongoing abuse of human rights and stifling of civil liberties. Your department’s own 2010 report on the status of human rights in Turkey highlighted the hostile political climate ordinary citizens are forced to submit to: “Individuals in many cases could not criticize the state or government publicly without risk of criminal suits or investigation, and the government continued to restrict expression by persons sympathetic to some religious, political, and Kurdish nationalist or cultural viewpoints.” Indeed, the Turkish republic’s repression of the cultural rights of Kurds is particularly egregious, as it has since its establishment in 1923 tried to limit the! use of their language and marginalized the Kurdish national identity.
Several organizations have stepped forward in defense of Zarakolu and the other defendants and condemned the Turkish government’s actions. In a letter published on November 1, Human Rights Watch remarked that the arrests “ the huge deficiencies of Turkey’s criminal justice system” and the detention of Zarakolu and Ersanlı “represent a new low in the misuse of terrorism laws to crush freedom of expression and association in Turkey.” It noted that there is “scant evidence to suggest the defendants engaged in any acts that could be defined as terrorism as it is understood in international law.” PEN International has similarly expressed its concerns over whether fair trial standards are being observed, including unusually lengthy detentions. This is especially significant considering that Mr. Zarakolu’s health is in poor state and it is unlikely! that he will be able to endure the harsh physical conditions of the Turkish prison system.
In light of all this, we call upon you to share precisely what approach will the State Department take regarding these politically motivated arrests. The United States government’s recent decision to sell three AH-1W Super Cobra gunship helicopters and Predator and Reaper pilotless drones to Turkey certainly does not inspire any confidence in the belief that the further supply of U.S. military matériel is contingent upon Turkey undertaking genuine reforms in the area of civil rights and democracy. The United States has silently abetted and thus been complicit in allowing the Republic of Turkey to continue to violate the human rights of its citizens. Because of this deplorable policy of “business as usual” we believe that it is most appropriate to contact the House Foreign Affairs Committee to hold hearings on the matter and have the State Department testify and explain i! ts position.
Thank you Madame Secretary.
William Paparian, Esq.
Vartkes Yeghiayan, Esq.
martes, 15 de noviembre de 2011
Publisher, The California Courier
Before the Genocide, thousands of Armenians living in the Ottoman
Empire bought life insurance from American and European companies, so
that after their death, their heirs would receive a lump sum payment.
Regrettably, many of these companies refused to keep their end of the
bargain when Armenian policyholders perished along with their entire
families during the course of the Genocide. In most cases, no next of
kin was left behind to file an insurance claim on behalf of the
victims. A few families who did file a claim were turned down due to
the lack of proper paperwork. Clearly, these companies broke their
contractual obligations and enriched themselves by keeping the funds
owed to the heirs of insured genocide victims.
Almost a century later, the State of California stepped in to restore
justice to the wronged policyholders. Considering the tragic and
unnatural circumstance of these deaths, the State approved two
successive extensions to the statute of limitations in 2000 and 2011,
to allow the heirs of genocide victims additional time to file claims
against delinquent insurance companies.
Recognizing the negative publicity that such a lawsuit would generate,
the New York Life and AXA Insurance companies quickly reached out of
court settlements and paid a total of $37.5 million to the heirs of
Armenian policyholders and charitable organizations. In contrast,
German insurance companies Victoria and ERGO, backed by the Turkish
government, decided to continue ducking their legal and moral
responsibilities towards their ill-fated Armenian policyholders and
refused to settle their long overdue claims. The German firms demanded
that the lawsuit filed against them in 2003 be dismissed because the
California statute included a reference to the Armenian Genocide,
which allegedly conflicts with the foreign policy of the federal
government on this issue.
A highly unusual series of court decisions ensued after Federal Judge
Christina Snyder’s rejection in 2007 of the German insurance
companies’ motion to dismiss. In 2009, a three-judge panel of the
federal appeals court initially sided with the German companies, but
then reversed itself in 2010, finding no legal problems with the
California statute. Earlier this year, the German companies appealed
once again, this time to a larger panel of 11 federal judges. That
hearing, granted on November 7, is to be held in San Francisco during
the week of December 12.
Rehearing this case for the third time is unnecessary because the
California statute does not violate federal government’s stand on the
Armenian Genocide. Indeed, there is no federal policy that bans states
from recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Not a single complaint was
lodged by any federal official, while more than 40 states adopted
resolutions acknowledging the Genocide. In fact the California statute
is in line with the federal government’s clear record on this issue.
One should not forget that the U.S. House of Representatives adopted
two resolutions in 1975 and 1984 recognizing the Armenian Genocide,
and Pres. Reagan issued a Presidential Proclamation on this subject in
1981. In addition, the U.S. Justice Department recognized the Armenian
Genocide in a document filed with the World Court in 1951, citing the
Armenian mass killings as one of the "outstanding examples of the
crime of genocide."
Even though this latest appeal has absolutely no legal merit, the
consequences of a negative court decision would not only harm the
interests of life insurance claimants, but more importantly, the
collective interests of the Armenian people, should the federal
appeals court find California’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide
to be in conflict with the federal government’s foreign policy. Such a
ruling would negate several decades of Armenian-American political
activism by reversing all the resolutions on the Armenian Genocide
adopted by more than 40 American states.
The federal appeals court should rule in favor of the Armenian
plaintiffs. The court could also uphold the California statute by
separating the insurance aspect of the case, which is a prerogative of
the states, from the unrelated issue of State vs. Federal powers on
Genocide recognition. Should the judges rule against the California
statute, however, the Armenian-American community would have no choice
but to appeal that verdict to the U.S. Supreme Court.
There is one issue here that is crystal clear: the federal court
should force the German insurance companies to make good on their
contractual obligations to all policyholders, particularly those who
are genocide victims!
jueves, 10 de noviembre de 2011
miércoles, 9 de noviembre de 2011
Un libro de Vartán Matiossián que analiza la migración armenia en el Río de la Plata con énfasis especial en la Argentina se presentará en un acto conjunto de Jóvenes Profesionales de UGAB y la Asociación Cultural Uruguay-Armenia (ASCUA), responsable de la edición.
Comentarán este texto el Dr. Gustavo Zulamián y Daniel Karamanoukián.
El acto servirá de marco para recordar los 150 años del nacimiento de Fridtjof Nansen, Premio Nóbel de origen noruego y creador del documento internacional que lleva su apellido. El "Pasaporte Nansen" permitió que numerosos refugiados indocumentados armenios y de otros pueblos, pudieran viajar y encontrar cobijo fuera de sus patrias de origen.
Estarán presentes el Embajador de Noruega, residente en Buenos Aires, que hará uso de la palabra, y el Cónsul de dicho país en Uruguay. Se proyectarán imágenes relativas al caso y se exhibirán afiches cedidos por la embajada noruega.
A su vez, el autor, Vartán Matiossián, residente en Estados Unidos, tendrá una presencia virtual y saludará a los presentes mediante teleconferencia.
En el intermedio un dúo instrumental integrado por Carlos Kushián y Nshteh Boyadjián ofrecerá música armenia con instrumentos típicos.
El evento tendrá lugar el próximo jueves 10 de noviembre a las 20.30 hs. en la sede de UGAB. (Av. Agraciada 2850 esq. J. Suárez).