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 Tuesday, October 17 2017 12:46
Naira Badalyan

Armenian Legal Center in the USA expects reparations from Turkey for  damage caused during the Armenian Genocide

Armenian Legal Center in the USA expects reparations from Turkey for  damage caused during the Armenian Genocide

ArmInfo. Executive Director of the Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights (ALC) Kate Nahapetyan announced the launch of a project to create a database for the restoration of lost documents on real estate objects of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey with the aim of confirming the right of Armenians to reparations from Ankara.

According to Nahapetyan, a database of stolen, confiscated or lost  property during the Armenian Genocide, collection of documents for  homes, gardens, land, bank accounts, insurance policies, bonds, art,  jewelry and other objects is vital for obtaining reparations from  Turkey. To this day, as the head of the Center pointed out, these  records are not systematized in any way, but can serve as a basis for  restoring historical justice not only in the political, but also in  the legal plane. "As many documents are lost, ALC will collect not  only physical documentation but also testimonies of survivors and  their descendants, which, according to the authors of the project,  can eventually be compared with documents stored in Turkish  archives," the report said.

Reparations are a form of material responsibility of a subject of  international law for damage caused as a result of an international  offense committed by him to another subject of international law, in  particular, compensation by the state, by virtue of a peace treaty or  other international acts, of the damage caused to them by the States  attacked. The scope and nature of reparations must be determined in  accordance with the material damage caused. For the first time the  right to receive reparations is justified in the Versailles Peace  Treaty of 1919 and other treaties of the Versailles system, where the  responsibility of Germany and its allies is recorded for the losses  incurred by the civilian population of the Entente countries as a  result of the war.

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