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Sevag Balikçi

Guillaume Perrier, Laure Marchand

The assassination of a young soldier and the continued lack of justice for Armenians in Turkey.

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April 2019


Sevag Balikçi

Journalists and authors Laure Marchand and Guillaume Perrier consider how the persistent denial of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey has created a kind of immunity for ongoing crimes against its Armenian minority. One such example is the 2011 murder of a young Turkish soldier of Armenian descent who was shot to death by a fellow soldier, a militant ultranationalist who chose April 24, the day Armenians worldwide commemorate the Genocide, to carry out his crime. The murder and the consequent cover-up and withholding of information by the Turkish authorities are emblematic of Turkey’s repeated justification for the larger crime against humanity that continues to haunt the nation.

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Guillaume Perrier is a French journalist and writer. He was a correspondent for Le Monde in Turkey from 2005 to 2014 and covered all major events in the region. Laure Marchand is a French journalist and writer. She was Le Figaro's correspondent in Istanbul from 2006 to 2014. Together they co-authored La Turquie et le Fantôme Arménien (Turkey and the Armenian Ghost) (Actes Sud), an award-winning book translated into Turkish (Iletisim, 2014) and English (McGill-Queen’s University Press) on the centennial of the Armenian Genocide in April 2015.