United States President Barack Obama will have his “final opportunity” on April 24 to “use the presidency to speak plainly about the Armenian genocide”, according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead sponsor of the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution in Congress.
Armenian advocacy groups based in the United States and worldwide have issued statements welcoming the passage by the German Parliament, the Bundestag, of a resolution formally labeling the Ottoman-era killings and deportations of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide.
A year after the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, its recognition process has entered the political arena at the state level, Ashot Melkonyan, an expert in Turkish studies and deputy dean of the faculty of Oriental Studies at the Yerevan State University, told media.
Armenians in Armenia and around the world today commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide. The Ottoman-era massacres became the first genocide of the 20th century and that “great calamity” is marked today on its 101st anniversary.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday marked the anniversary of the Ottoman Turks’ massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 by a statement addressed to the Armenian American community, but once again stopped short of labeling it a genocide. Instead, he again used a phrase that Armenians themselves often use in describing the events.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s message honoring the memory of Ottoman Armenians killed during the First World War in Eastern Anatolia is another evidence of Turkey’s denial policy, Giro Manoyan, the director of the International Secretariat of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) Bureau in Yerevan, told media Monday.
Hollywood actor and activist George Clooney’s visit to Armenia on the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is highlighted by international media in its coverage of the events.
“Today, on April 24, 2016, I declare for the entire world to hear: there will be no purging or deportation of the Armenians of Artsakh. We will not allow another Armenian Genocide. We - means the Armenian nation, all its segments, we - means our Armenian consolidation,” Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stated in his message on the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Armenia’s political leadership, representatives of ruling and opposition political parties visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial at Tsitsernakaberd, Yerevan, today to pay tribute to the victims of the Ottoman-era massacres remembered every year on April 24.
The New York Times has published a series of photographs by ArmeniaNow photojournalist Nazik Armenakyan made as part of a project commemorating the 1915 Genocide of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey.