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January 19, 2010


Hrant Dink

In Memoriam,
The third anniversary of his murder

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) issued a statement today commemorating the third anniversary of the death of noted Turkish-Armenian intellectual Hrant Dink.  The following is the statement:

It is always difficult to eulogize the dead, but it is especially painful to commemorate the loss of the brave and the innocent.  Far too often we only truly appreciate the basic treasures of life when it is too late.  We long for loved ones, whether friends or family, only after they have passed.  We tend to take for granted their value and their company.  That is only human, but so too is the tragedy of loss.

As we mark the third anniversary of the tragic loss of one such loved one, we must remind ourselves of the meaning of Hrant Dink.  His brutal murder on this day three years ago in Istanbul endowed his death with a special meaning.  But even more significantly, it was his life that endowed his death with such a special meaning.  Sometimes in history, some men attain a higher meaning, in a sacrifice of the ultimate.  Hrant Dink was just such a man.  He was brave, in so strongly and passionately advocating Turkish-Armenian reconciliation, but also as an outspoken defender of minority and human rights in Turkey.  He was also innocent, in facing the persecution and prosecution of the Turkish state, which had specifically targeted him for the “crime” of “insulting Turkishness.”

But Hrant Dink was much more than a symbol of change.  He was an inspiration to many and his mission was a motivation to even more.  Hrant Dink was also a loving father of three, Delal, Ararat and Sera; a devoted husband of one special woman, Rakel; a friend to many, and an inspiration to all.

The man may be gone, but his mission continues and his spirit lives on.

Over two hundred thousand mourners march in Istanbul chanting “We are all Armenians” and “We are all Hrant Dink”

The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) is a leading independent strategic research center located in Yerevan, Armenia.  As an independent, objective institution committed to conducting professional policy research and analysis, ACNIS strives to raise the level of public debate and seeks to broaden public engagement in the public policy process, as well as fostering greater and more inclusive public knowledge. Founded in 1994, ACNIS is the institutional initiative of Raffi K. Hovannisian, Armenia’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Over the past fifteen years, ACNIS has acquired a prominent reputation as a primary source of professional independent research and analysis covering a wide range of national and international policy issues.

For further information on the Center call (37410) 52-87-80 or 27-48-18; fax (37410) 52-48-46; email root@acnis.am or info@acnis.am; or visit www.acnis.am.

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