CRAG E-Alert - 28 July 2005
Dear Friends & Supporters:
We share with you today an important - and perhaps determining - notice from the Brussels-based European Armenian Federation.
Kindly read to verify if it might apply to you - whether you are from the UK, or whether you are from other EU countries and are receiving this message because you are on the CRAG pan-European data-base system.
Kindly notice that this message - and petition - as reproduced hereunder are also on the website of the European Armenian Federation at www.eafjd.org
PILLAGE OF ARMENIAN PROPERTIES: AXA MUST COMPENSATE LEGAL SUCCESSORS OF UNPAID INSURANCE POLICIES
Brussels, Belgium (July 21, 2005) - On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Armenians of France and Europe follow with interest the collective action taken in the United States against the AXA insurance company by the legal firm of lawyers Vartkes Yeghyayan, who, in 2004, successfully concluded a similar action against New York Life insurance.
Following the example of the New York Life affair, the action against AXA, lodged in 2002, concerns the insurance contracts subscribed prior to 1915 by Armenians victims of the Genocide between 1915 and 1923 in the Ottoman Empire, with the French insurance company "Union Vie", while the heirs of the victims have not, until today, received any compensation.
It is encouraging, that 90 years after the Genocide, the European and American companies are called upon to explain their past behaviour, as the sums misappropriated by these companies are only a part of the immense damages that our people have been subjected to at the beginning of the 20th century.
Taking account the fact that the accused party in this case is a French company, the members of our community with all its constituents cannot stay indifferent in the face to this initiative.
It is normal that following the example of the New York Life case, this affair leads to a fair resolution and worthy of the 90th anniversary of the planned extermination of the Armenian people. We expect from the executives of the AXA group, to take into consideration this sensitive issue with full sense of responsibilities which demands the tragic circumstances of the genocide.
In addition, we invite European Armenians to address a message to the top management of AXA group where they express all the attention and the interest they have for a fair resolution of this legal proceedings.
The petition form is available on www.eafjd.org and hereunder.
If you cannot sign this petition online, kindly print it out, sign it and send it to the following address:
Mr Claude Bébéar - Chairman of the Supervisory Board
AXA France-Vie 25 rue Matignon75008 Paris France
Dear Mr Chairman,
We, the children of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide, are closely following the progress and proceeding of the legal action against your company with regard to the settlement of claims which your predecessors have refused to pay to the victims of the genocide and to their descendants.
Our families have experienced the horrors of deportation and extermination. They have been deprived of their lands and personal belongings. After all these losses, it is totally legitimate that you accept a fair settlement that would return a minimum of dignity and recognition to the victims.
We hereby express our wish to see you deal with this case with full attention and high sense of responsibilities which the 90th anniversary of the genocide imposes.
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