This young Assyrian is a lawyer from Gothenburg. She wrote her MA in 2010 about the Assyrian Genocide Seyfo. She examined international conventions and academic litterature to answer the question whether the Genocide can carry legal consequences for Turkey. According to a couple of international rulings, Turkey is said to be a continuation of the Ottoman Empire, not only its successor. Also, the killing of christians continued during the first years of the republic, she says. This fact speaks for that the Ottoman Empire’s obligations due to the Genocide should be transferred to Turkey.
She adds another fact; when the treaty of Sèvres was signed in August 1920, the turkish government promised to hand over the criminals behind Seyfo to the allies and return seized property to the victims. This means, she says, that the Ottomans recognized it’s responsibility for the Genocide already in year 1920.
We also know that the leaders of the Young Turks were convicted in special trials shortly after WWI.
She says that the Genocide Convention of 1948 is not applicable on Seyfo, according to International Law, because it was constituted after the crime was done. But there is no need for the Genocide Convention, since the Genocide was an international crime according to customary international law when it took place. At the days of Seyfo, genocide was named as Crime Against Humanity. Furthermore, Seyfo is a Jus Cogens crime. Such crimes have no prescription.
What the Genocide Convention of 1948 entailed is a system för the punishment of the perpertrators of genocide and an obligation to punish. Before the Genocide Convention other states had a right but no obligation to punish perpertrators of genocide.
Her work is an important reference and a rarely examined field among Assyrian scholars engaged in the issue of Seyfo.