Posted on October. 29. 2019
U.S. House Vote Locks in Armenian Genocide Recognition, Rejecting Turkey’s Denial of This Crime Recognition, Rejecting Turkey’s Denial of This Crime
WASHINGTON – In a major blow to Ankara’s obstruction of justice for the Armenian Genocide, the U.S. House today voted overwhelmingly to pass H.Res.296, an Armenian National Committee of America-backed measure locking in ongoing U.S. recognition of this crime and officially rejecting Turkey’s denial of the genocide it committed against Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Maronites and other Christian nations. The Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.296) was adopted by a vote of 405 to 11 with 3 voting present.
ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian stated, “The ANCA welcomes the U.S. House of Representatives vote overriding the longest-lasting foreign veto in American history – Ankara’s gag-rule against honest American remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. We must now move forcefully toward a truthful, just and comprehensive resolution of Turkey’s crime against humanity that killed over 1.5 million innocent Armenians.”
The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.296), striking a powerful blow against Turkey’s gag-rule on honest U.S. remembrance of that crime.
Hamparian continued, “While much can be said of today’s vote – this is crystal clear. First, this vote exposed – in powerful ways – Ankara’s attempts to enlist America in its obstruction of justice for the Armenian Genocide. Second, this vote places America on the side of justice, which has, for far too long, been denied to the victims and surviving generations of the Armenian Genocide.”
The Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.296) establishes, as a matter of U.S. policy, 1) the rejection of Armenian Genocide denial, 2) ongoing official U.S. government recognition and remembrance of this crime, and 3) support for education about the Armenian Genocide in order to help prevent modern-day atrocities. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) led the House effort, while Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) are spearheading the Senate measure (S.Res.150).
The ANCA has consistently pushed back against Turkey’s denials, striving to put America on the right side of the Armenian Genocide. Thousands of letters and phone calls have already been sent to Congress by Armenian American advocates through the ANCA online portal – anca.org/genocide.
It’s about time!!!!
This is great. Finally my parents and grandparents will be so happy and resting in peace after the recognition of this atrocity and cruelty.
Alas! This long overdue Acknowledgment of the Armenian genocide has finally reached official fruition. My grandfather and 12 year old aunt were killed by the Turks in the genocide, and it has affected my family profoundly. Many thanks to all those who are involved in making this known. Arlene Kevonian, MD
I want to honour the memory of all those who believed in the ideals of our Entire Party has been directing for decades, since the genocide, towards the interest of the Fatherland for its survival and finally this decision like all those who have honored the memory of our hero fighters or intellectuals. Thanks to you I find my proudness and a greater desire to serve, in my means, for 28 years settled in the country. The road is still long but our patience is only equal to the final victory, the return to the village of my father.