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Conversations on Groong: What is HyeID?



November 13, 2022


     Harut Sassounian


     Hovik Manucharyan

     Asbed Bedrossian



Hello and welcome to the Armenian News Network, Groong,


Today, we will be talking about an initiative in the Diaspora called HyelD, which is in the process of registering Armenians around the world by issuing Armenian identity cards in order to hold democratic elections in all Diaspora communities to elect delegates to an Diaspora Armenian Parliament.


This episode was recorded on Saturday, November 12, 2022.


What is HyeID?


From HyelD’s website about what it says it is:


The principle purpose and objective of the nonprofit and nonpartisan HyelD organization is to unify Armenians around a common platform, integrate the collective economic, cultural, and political power of the Armenian nation, in order to express their views and organize the Diaspora Armenian Parliament (DAP) through transparent democratic elections.


To talk about this we are joined by:

Harut Sassounian, who is the Chairman of the board of trustees of HyelD. He’s also the publisher of The California Courier newspaper, and the president of the Armenia Artsakh Fund, a non-profit organization which has delivered over $947 million of humanitarian assistance to Armenia and Artsakh since 1989.


What is the purpose of issuing HyelD cards? What are they for?

Why did you initiate this project? What is the purpose?

How will community elections take place? Who can vote and who can be a candidate?

Does HyelD have a budget? How is it funded?

What steps have been taken to disseminate the idea of this project throughout the Diaspora? The Armenian government?

What is the current state of the project?




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