Genocide & Human Rights University Program

Organized by the International Institute for Genocide & Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute)




Our Mission

The mission of the Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP) is to encourage a new generation of scholars to engage in research and publication in the field of Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

This is achieved through a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of such cases of genocide as the Holocaust, the Cambodian Genocide, and the Rwandan Genocide among others, using the Armenian Genocide as a point of reference. The Armenian Genocide is recognized as the prototype of modern genocide in which the government endeavors to annihilate an ethnic or religious minority of its own citizens as an attempt to solve its political problems.

The program seeks to help develop an academic support system for those who work toward the prevention of genocide.

By studying the genocidal trauma of many different groups of peoples, the GHRUP strives to show that genocide is a shared human experience and as such, must be the concern of all individuals and institutions.

- K.M. (Greg) Sarkissian, President