The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation is proud to present the documentary short ‘In the footsteps of Tchouhadjian’. This Armenian-Turkish co-production is co-directed by Mesut Yasar Tufan and Ara Shirinian. The documentary short traces the life and art of Dikran Tchouhadjian, the famous Armenian composer from Istanbul. The composer was praised as the forerunner of classical music in the Near East, introducing European classical traditions into the Ottoman scene.The documentary short focuses on the opera “Leblebici Horhor Ağa,” written in Turkish by Tchouhadjian, and the opera scene in 19th century Istanbul. The film highlights the long tradition of music intertwining artists from the Turkish and Armenian communities.
As an important part of the IHJR’s work relating to the Turkey-Armenia region we are pleased to note that Mesut Tufan has recently presented the film to the Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform during the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival in July of 2014. The documentary short is meant to set a positive example to spur further cooperation between the countries, as well as to show that art can normalize relations and be a precursor to intercultural dialogue. By exploring Tchouhadjian’s legacy as an example of a shared cultural heritage for both Armenians and Turks, the documentary aims at fostering a better understanding among the two nations on their common past.
You can find the video on Youtube or on our website.
On June 19th I attended, as an intern for the IHJR, an insightful and thought-provoking series of lectures in a workshop organized by the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD). The workshop, which took place at the National Archives in The Hague, was titled “The Trial Record as Historical Source.” It featured lectures and discussion from both scholars and practitioners on the role and potential and limitations of Trial Records as a source for historical work. As the trials discussed were about crimes relating to mass-violence and the outcomes of the trials were about justice this workshop was of great relevance to the work of the IHJR and of great interest to me.
Read the full report here
The IHJR is happy to announce the publication of its latest annual report. In 2013 the Institute underwent a thorough strategic review and emerged with a new focus encapsulated by the Theory of Change. The annual report contains a concise overview of the Institute’s activities during this period. This includes details about successfully completed projects on justice and reconciliation, ongoing project development, staff information, and budget details. We encourage those who want to learn more about the working of the IHJR to take a look.
Download 2013 Annual Report
The IHJR takes great pleasure in congratulating our distinguished Advisory Board member HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein on his appointment as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Following the nomination earlier this month by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein was yesterday unanimously confirmed as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights to the applause of the UN General Assembly. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein will leave his post as the Ambassador of Jordan to the United Nations to assume his new office in September of this year. Taking over from Navi Pillay, one of the most powerful voices for human rights on the world stage, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein is the first High Commissioner to come from Asia and the Arab world. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein brings a wealth of experience to his new role; as former Ambassador of Jordan to the U.S. and Mexico as well substantial experience at the UN. The IHJR reiterates its warm congratulations and support to HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein on this challenging but rewarding new position at the highest levels of global human rights work.
The IHJR is very pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University, which formalizes the close partnership between the two institutions for the next three years. The memorandum was signed by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Dr. Wim van den Doel, and by the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the IHJR, Dr. Timothy Ryback.
Under this agreement, the IHJR will greatly benefit from the international academic expertise of the University of Leiden. The IHJR will offer the scholars and students of the University of Leiden the opportunity to be involved in IHJR activities through master classes, conferences, and field work.