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Justice for genocide victims

Nations that commit genocide must be brought to justice by a world tribunal, said Armenian Archbishop Aris Shirvanian on the eve of April 24, the day the Armenian Genocide is commemorated.

About 1.5 million Armenians died under Turkish rule from 1915 to 1923. Turkey maintains there was no systemic plan to exterminate Armenians.

Speaking to Israeli Jews, Shirvanian said despite a 1948 convention on punishment and prevention of genocide, "so far no country has [been held accountable]. ... Since the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust there have been other genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur, Sudan."


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