On December 3 court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash communities
of Yerevan started hearing the case on the suit of “Ararat” Center for Strategic
Research versus the Caucasus Institute Foundation. The suit was on the article
of an expert from Turkey, published in the collection “Caucasian Neighborhood:
Turkey and South Caucasus”, prepared and issued by the Caucasus Institute in
2008 through the materials of one of the conferences organized by it. According
to the plaintiff, some phrases of the article, as well as the usage of the word
“genocide” in quotes, denied in essence the Armenian Genocide of 1915 in Ottoman
Turkey. The plaintiff demanded to oblige the defender to publish a refutation
in a number of Armenian media (providing the list of media), stop the dissemination
of the book, and pay off a compensation for moral loses of 1 AMD. “Ararat” Center
also claimed to prohibit the further usage of the word “genocide” in quotes.
The Caucasus Institute made a petition to remove the case on the ground of
absence of the trial subject. At the session of December 4 the court secured
the petition and the case was removed.