• XII - Crimes of Genocide and Slavery > Blacks & Amenians Compared Reparations

Congressman John Conyers (D-MI)

“Genocide in the 20th Century” Symposium
at Clark University Worcester MA

  • DEARBORN, MI -- The United Nations Genocide Convention and the right to reparations will be the subject of an Armenian National Committee (A3 NC) of Michigan public meeting on November 21 at the Armenian Community Center in Dearborn.

  • Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and Dr. Henry Theriault of Worcester State College will discuss the significance of pursuing a just settlement for the crimes of genocide and slavery, forms of legal recourse for securing reparations, and the ethical and moral issues raised by slavery and genocide.

  • Theriault is an expert on genocide and human right issues. He is an advocate for reparations as a crucial piece of any resolution of the Genocide and other cases such as African-American slavery. Among his many articles, Theriault has published two important pieces on denial of the Genocide and other genocides entitled, "Universal Social Theory and the Denial of Genocide: Norman Itzkowitz Revisited," published in the June 2001 Journal of Genocide Research and "Free Speech and Genocide Denial: The Armenian Case." Theriault has also lectured around the world on denial, reparation, and other related issues.

  • In addition to being a Worcester State College associate professor of philosophy, Theriault has served as coordinator of the College's Center for the Study of Human Rights since 1999. The center is dedicated to developing programs, events, and curricula concerning human rights including genocide.

  • Congressman Conyers is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and is now serving his 20th term as the Representative to Michigan's 17th Congressional District. Conyers is considered the "dean" of the Congressional Black Caucus and is also a member of the Armenian-American Issues Caucus. A staunch supporter of Armenian-American issues in Congress, Conyers has worked hard on various Congressional initiatives to recognize the Genocide and has repeatedly called on various presidential administrations to properly characterize the Genocide as a such. Conyers has also attended the annual April ANCA Genocide Observance on Capital Hill and has made special order speeches in Congress on the Genocide. In addition to his support for Genocide recognition, Conyers has also been a long-time supporter of US aid to Armenia and Karabagh.

  • Other human rights causes led by Conyers include support for Haiti's emerging democracy, pursuing reparations for the injustices from the institution of slavery in the United States, demanding the lifting of inhumane sanctions on the people of Iraq, and championing House Resolution 193, which commemorates US ratification of the United Nations Convention on Genocide. Conyers is a lead sponsor of House Resolution 40, which if enacted would form a commission to study reparations for African-Americans.

  • The November 21 event will begin at 7:00 pm at the Armenian Community Center, 19310 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (313) 336-6840 or email ancmi@comcast.net.

  • from : Armenian National Committee of Michigan 19310 Ford Rd., Dearborn, MI 48128 - November 10, 2004
Congressman John Conyers (D-MI)
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