From the Founders of 100 LIVES and the Aurora Prize

We, the founders of 100 LIVES and the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, are committed to international peace, human rights, and the right of all people to live a decent and dignified life. The fighting and atrocities of last week have left us gravely concerned for the safety and security of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and full of grief for the victims. At the same time, these sobering events demonstrate the necessity of bringing together the international community to declare its solidarity for the victims of violence, here and around the world.

Later this month, hundreds of international leaders will arrive in Yerevan to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide and, through the Aurora Prize, honor today’s humanitarians for risking their lives to save those of others. Over the past week, it has become apparent that, now more than ever, it is necessary to recognize and honor the extraordinary individuals—indeed, the heroes—who fight for universal principles and who strive to save lives. Their stories are glimmers of light in times of darkness, and underscore that violence is never the solution.

Throughout history, while Armenians have mourned their dead, they have never given up on life. On April 24, the international community will witness a resurgent nation that is proud of its past and determined for its future. We look forward to welcoming these leaders to Yerevan to celebrate the Aurora Prize finalists’ incredible contributions to the humanitarian cause.

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