On January 14, Stockholm’s “ABF” Centre, cultural- educational institution of Social-Democratic ruling party of Sweden, organized seminar-discussion on the Armenian Genocide.
Among the Speakers at the seminar, that raised public interest and attracted large number of participants, were Ingmar Karlsson, former Consul General of Sweden in Istanbul, his daughter Andrea Karlsson, Human Rights Studies, Lund University, and Thomas Hammarberg, former Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe.
The Speakers touched upon the history of the Armenian Genocide, the legal aspects of the issue, as well as current situation in Turkey.
Ingmar Karlsson presented the situation in the Ottoman Empire in the days of Genocide, sounding the reasons behind it. Andrea Karlsson in her turn mentioned the denial policy pursued by the Government of Turkey and as a result, the lack of information in society, stressing that nevertheless, the number of people accepting that fact among the academic and public circles in Turkey rises.
In his speech, Thomas Hammarberg raised legal aspects of the Genocide, explaining how the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, December 9, 1948, could have retroactive effect. Last two Speakers especially stressed the inevitability of compensation for the Genocide.