Armenia, justice, genocide and religion

By Harry Hagopian
May 14, 2010

Armenia is an independent country that used to be part of the USSR. It is located in the southern Caucasus and borders Iran and Turkey as well as Georgia and Azabaijan. It therefore sits in the midst of a range of national, political, socio-cultural and religious identities of geo-political significance.

But it is, equally, constituted by a diaspora, a reality that includes many people dispersed across the world, and it is a people who seek to live towards the future with an awareness of a horrific past – the genocide of 1915-23.

In this podcast, available here on Ekklesia – by arrangement from, and in association with, Premier Christian Radio – a leading legal, political and ecumenical Christian consultant (himself from an Armenian Orthodox background) explores the ‘hidden story’ of a people, illustrating why it is of crucial significance for human flourishing in the 21st century.

This programme was originally broadcast on PCR, with interviewer Andy Walton, close to the official annual anniversary of the Armenian genocide ( on 24 April 2010.

Listen to the whole programme (MP3) here:

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Harry Hagopian, a former executive secretary for the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) is now an ecumenical, legal and political consultant for the Armenian Orthodox Church and well as an interfaith adviser to the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. A regular contributor to Ekklesia (, Dr Hagopian is also involved with ACEP, the Paris-based Christians in Political Action ( His own website is called Epektasis.

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