TURKISH HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER WHO ACKNOWLEDGED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PRIZE
- Several Swedish MPs have applied to the Nobel Peace Committee with the proposal to give the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to famous Turkish human rights defender Ragip Zarakolu.
As the Turkish Evrensel website informs, the Swedish MPs mentioned in their proposal that Zarakolu published materials on the Armenian Genocide and the Kurdish issue which are taboos in Turkey. He has been sentenced for that publications several times.
One month ago Zarakolu has sent a letter to the Turkish parliament calling them to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide.
"Yes, Turkey must face its history. It is not only an obligation towards the victims but also a duty for securing healthy way of thinking for the society. The acknowledgement of the genocide will not belittle Turkey but will strengthen it," Zarakolu wrote.
Ragip Zarakolu is a known human rights defender and publisher in Turkey. Many materials on the Armenian Genocide have been published in his Belge publishing house. On February in 2011 Zarakolu visited Armenia.
- 571 Popular uprising against Persia and the constraints of Zoroastrianism. Under the command of General Vartan the Second, the Persian forces were expelled.
- 1878 Birth of philologist Zabel Yessayan.
- 1916 Russian forces occupy Karin (Erzroom, Western Armenia).
- 1922 Confirmation of the First Constitution of the Armenian SSR.
- 1926 Death of Johannes Lepsius, Christian leader who tried to inform the world about the Armenian Genocide committed by Turks. He was born in 1858.
- 1952 Death of Hakob Manandarian, historian and philologist. He was born in 1873.