Read the recent news about Artsakh relief aid.
The Armenian Relief Society Central Executive Board during its plenary meeting on April 14, in response to the violation of the cease fire by the Azeri forces, decided to transfer $50,000 dollars received from ARS Entities and Supporters to the Government of Artsakh to provide further aid to the residents of threatened regions. The funds were transferred through the ARS in Artsakh.
ՀՕՄ-ը Յիսուն Հազար Տոլար Կը Տրամադրէ Արցախի Հանրապետութեան
Հայ Օգնութեան Միութեան Կեդրոնական Վարչութիւնը, իր Ապրիլ 14-ի լիագումար նիստին, որոշում կայացուց – Ազէրի բանակի վերջին դաւադիր ներխուժումներուն յաջորդող 7 օրերուն ընթացքին մեր միաւորներու եւ նուիրատուններու կողմէ հաւաքուած Ամերիկեան 50,000 տոլարը ուղարկել Արցախի կառավարութեան, Արցախի միաւորի միջոցաւ, վթարեալ շրջաններու բնակչութեան որպէս անմիջական օգնութիւն։
Following the ceasefire – requested by the very same Azeri Government, who a few days before had unleashed an unprovoked, brutal attack against the peaceful population of Artsakh — on April 10, to be exact, at the exchange proceedings of the bodies of soldiers fallen on the battlefield, the participants in this grim task came face to face with the horror of atavistic barbarism, committed by the Azeri military.
The exchange, arranged and conducted under the supervision of representatives of the International Red Cross and commissions connected with the efforts of a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabagh conflict, revealed that the bodies of all the 18 Armenian soldiers had been horribly mutilated by decapitation, dismemberment and other despicable acts of desecration.
The beastly nature of these inhuman acts is an insult to all that a civilized world believes in. Indeed, precisely to prevent atrocities of this sort, over decades of soul-searching, enlightened legislators have come up with laws and regulations to rein in the brutality of war. All civilized nations are signatory to these rules, amongst which we can mention in particular, the Convention (I) for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field (1949), Geneva Convention (III) relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (1949), the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), and the United States “Leahy” Law, protecting the rights of frontline soldiers.
As a globally present and active Armenian humanitarian organization, the Armenian Relief Society — a longtime member of the UN’s Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC), and an advocate of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights – cannot just stand by and be indifferent to the atrocities committed by the Azeri hordes against peaceful populations and the inert bodies of soldiers fallen on the field of honor.
Therefore, we vehemently condemn the war crimes committed by the Azeri armed forces during their savage campaign against the people of Artsakh, asking all civilized nations to join us in condemning Azerbaijan’s unprovoked aggression against peaceful Armenian populations and the ravages caused by indiscriminate shelling and bombing of harmless villages and their residents.
Presently, our main concern is to alleviate the desperate needs of the stricken communities by securing shelter, medicine, clothing and other essentials, to restore normal life, in a secure and peaceful environment. To this end, the Armenian Relief Society is engaged in a nation-wide fundraising program to realize the funds needed for a short and long range campaign of reconstruction and rehabilitation, working closely with the Artsakh and Armenian authorities.
Please make your donation at http://ars1910.org/support-for-artsakh, or make a check payable to ARS Inc. with a memo for “ARS Support for Artsakh Fund” and mail to: ARS CEB Office, 80 Bigelow Ave. #300, Watertown, MA 02472. Outside the US, please contact your local ARS regional office or chapter.
ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY, INC. CENRAL EXECUTIVE BOARD
In view of the situation
in the somber aftermath of the belated
cease-fire, in view of the ravaged villages
and hamlets in the line of enemy fire, the military
and civilian casualties and the bereaved families
and orphaned children of our beloved Artsakh,
the Armenian Relief Society
deems its duty to call upon every Armenian
to humanitarian action, in order to relieve the pain
and suffering that the treacherous, unprovoked
Azeri aggression has caused our sisters and brothers
over the past few days of infamy.
There is no question, that it is our duty
to extend our moral and material support to each
and every wounded soldier and their loved ones,
to each and every civilian casualty and their
families, to each family that is left without shelter,
their homes destroyed by enemy shells.
This is the time for benevolent action,
as one nation, united forever.
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For almost two years now, the gradually increasing attacks of the Azeri armed forces on Nagorno Karabagh’s and Armenia’s units guarding the borders – targeting also villages and towns located next to the conflict areas – are becoming more frequent and more furious.
Over the past week-end, with coordinated use of heavy artillery, armored vehicles and air support, the powers in Baku once more staged an unprovoked act of aggression, endangering the already tenuous cease-fire status. Let us be thankful by stating that, sustaining considerable losses in casualties and materiel, the aggressors retreated after crashing against the unshakable defensive line of the Armenian forces.
As a global, internationally active Armenian humanitarian organization, the Armenian Relief Society, founded on the principles of the International Red Cross and Crescent, as well as the Geneva Convention and the United Nations Organization’s Declaration of Human Rights, based on the civilized world’s universal human values, the Armenian Relief Society cannot stay indifferent in view of murderous attacks on schoolchildren and peaceful, harmless populations.
Unanimously with all decent peoples, we condemn the indiscriminating armed attacks targeting Armenian populations, the number of whose innocent victims – killed, wounded and maimed — keeps increasing with every murderous attack. Therefore, We call upon all international and all non-governmental entities to express their revulsion in view of the continuous bloodshed caused by these premeditated actions of violence.
CENTRAL EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY, INC.
April 2, 2016