Episode 285 | Recorded: October 11, 2023
By all accounts, what transpired in Artsakh at the end of September 2023 is a genocide, and in fact we Armenians would put this in the context of over 130 years of massacres and genocides and dispossessions of our people from our lands.
The founding and lead ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, spoke on this issue, Genocide Watch spoke on it, and the Lemkin Institute flat out blamed the US of bothsidism and hypocrisy in not preventing the Genocide in Artsakh.
Armenia has tens or hundreds of POWs, depending on which reports one considers. Some of the most recent POWs are the former Artsakh leaders, and Azerbaijan has domestic charges against them, such as terrorism, etc.
There are reports that all former Artsakh presidents were together when they were arrested by Azerbaijan.
On Sep. 28 Artsakh president Samvel Shahramanyan signed a letter of dissolution of the state and defense forces of the Republic of Artsakh.
Currently Shahramanyan by all accounts is in Armenia. Most of the members of the parliament of Artsakh are in Armenia, while for example the speaker of the parliament Davit Ishkanyan, former state minister Ruben Vardanyan and others are in custody in Baku.
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Aram Orbelyan is an international law specialist, who is an attorney and managing partner at Concern Dialog law firm, and PhD in Public international law. Mr. Orbelyan lectures at the Academy of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia, and lectured public international law at French University of Armenia. Mr. Orbelyan was Deputy Minister of Justice of Armenia between 2011 and 2014.
Asbed is founder of the Armenian News Network Groong and co-founder of the ANN/Groong podcast.
Hovik Manucharyan is an information security engineer who moved from Seattle to Armenia in 2022. He co-founded the ANN/Groong podcast in 2020 and has been a contributor to Groong News since the late 1990s.