CONYERS, THERIAULT TO DISCUSS
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- from : Armenian
National Committee of Michigan 19310 Ford Rd., Dearborn, MI 48128
- November 10, 2004