Armenian Stamp to Celebrate Hrant Dink

April 7, 2011

Dear friends,
As you may recall in January 2011 I wrote a letter to the President of the Republic of Armenia and to the Minister of Transportation and Communication requesting them to issue a commemorative stamp in honour of Hrant Dink.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who shared my dream and wrote letters of support. Now I would like to share with you the positive response I received from the Armenian Authorities.

Best regards,

Sarkis Assadourian

April 7, 2011

Dear friends,
As you may recall in January 2011 I wrote a letter to the President of the Republic of Armenia and to the Minister of Transportation and Communication requesting them to issue a commemorative stamp in honour of Hrant Dink.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who shared my dream and wrote letters of support. Now I would like to share with you the positive response I received from the Armenian Authorities.

Best regards,

Sarkis Assadourian

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Dear Mr. Assadourian,

As a follow-up to the previous letter of the Ministry of Transport and Communication of Armenia dated 17th of February, 2011, I inform you that the Ministry of Transport and Communication of Armenia has the intention to issue a series of postal stamps devoted to the ”100th Anniversary of the Genocide”. In this framework the Ministry will also discuss the matter of issuing a postal stamp devoted to Hrant Dink.
 

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Toronto, 30 January 2011

Dear friends,

Hrant Dink was assassinated on Jan. 19 2007 for his beliefs in universal human rights. On the day of his funeral over 100,000 people in Turkey and many more around the world chanted, "We are all HRANT DINK."

As we approach the 5th anniversary of his assassination, I propose that the Armenian Government issues a commemorative stamp to recognize Hrant Dink as a hero and in celebration of his beliefs. Recently I conveyed this proposal to his Excellency Serzh Sargsyan, President of Republic of Armenia and to Manoug Vartanyan, Minister of Transportation and Communication.

I hope you share my views, and you, your organization and media outlets can join me to implement this worthwhile initiative.

Please show your support sending emails, writing letters or calling the Armenian Embassy in your jurisdiction. Here are links that you may use: President of the Republic of Armenia and Ministry of Transport and Communication of Armenia

For more information visit International Hrant Dink Foundation and about me click here.

Respectfully,

Sarkis Assadourian
Member of Canadian Parliament ( 1993 – 2004 )
Canadian Citizenship Court Judge ( 2005 – 2008 )

Keghart.com readers are encouraged to participate in this initiative.

2 comments
  1. Pre-Genocide Armenian Life in Turkey

    Today I attended a lecture and presentation by Osman Köker in Glendale, California. The event was made possible courtesy of  Ararat-Eskijian Museum, The Organization Of Istanbul Armenians (OIA), Project Save Armenian Photograph Archives, National Association For Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR). The lecture essentially consisted of the presentation of pre-Genocide postcards depicting Armenian life in Ottoman Turkey. The event was sponsored by the Glendale Public Library with the generous support of the Hampartzoum Chitjian Foundation, and the Organization of Istanbul Armenians.
     
    Mr. Köker first came to international attention in 2005 when he organized the unprecedented exhibition "Sireli Yeghpayrs (My Dear Brother)" in Istanbul. Eventually seen by thousands of people, it presented photographs of Armenian life in pre-Genocide Ottoman Turkey, drawn from a large collection of postcards owned by the collector. The exhibition was also presented last year in Yerevan.
     
    Mr. Köker had originally intended to write a book about Armenian life in the Ottoman Empire, but with the discovery of the postcard collection the scope of the project changed. Following the exhibition, he published the massive and beautifully-produced volume, in Turkish, which was subsequently published in English as "Armenians in Turkey 100 Years Ago," featuring hundreds of images showing where and how Armenians in the Ottoman Empire lived.
     
    In 1996 he was involved in the establishment of the Istanbul Turkish-Armenian daily ‘Agos’ and Aras Publishing House, the only Turkey-based publishing house which publishes books in Armenian and Armenian books translated into Turkish. The well attended exhibition was Köke’s first public presentation in the United States.
     
    Armenians in Canada or elsewhere may also look into sponsoring this uniquely interesting lecture presentation.

      

  2. Hrant Dink stamp

    Dear Mr. Assadourian,

    Thank you for your work towards the acceptance of a Hrant Dink stamp to commemorate the 5th anniversary of his murder. We believe it is very important that one of the stamp designs be the one that was submitted from Toronto, Canada. This will show solidarity around the world on the lack of Human Rights in Turkey. It should also be encouraged that other designs be submitted to re-enforce this thought. It will show that Armenians care wherever they are in the world.

    Sincerely,

    Gerard Paraghamian a.o.c.a.33

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