By now, the public is aware that Raffi Doudaklian - a prominent Armenian writer, activist, and humanitarian - was severely beaten last week while on a humanitarian assignment in
We are writing to express our dismay at this treacherous attack, carried out in the heart of
There is evidence that this was not a random act of violence. On the contrary, from the available evidence it appears this attack was premeditated, and that Raffi was the target. There is no simple explanation as to who carried this out, and why.
In his capacity as a concerned private citizen, Raffi regularly writes about social struggles, inequalities, and injustices faced by many living in
We are especially concerned given Raffi’s professional stature and involvements. As Director of the Tufenkian Foundation, Raffi has greatly contributed to the Foundation’s goals of strengthening civil society in
We expect that authorities with jurisdiction over this crime will conduct a thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice. This type of criminal activity cannot be allowed to stand within our Armenian community.
In the meantime, we continue to commend Raffi’s involvement in civil society. We hope that this heinous act will not deter him from continuing on his path, freely and unfettered. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Board of Trustees
March 6, 2018