West Virginia became the 44th state of the USA to recognize the Armenian Genocide with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s proclamation declaring April 2016 as “Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month” in the Mountain State, reports the Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region (ANCA-ER).
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.
Marguerite Barankitse, a Burundian activist credited with saving the lives of 30,000 children, has become the inaugural laureate of the Aurora Prize that was handed to her in a ceremony held in Armenia’s capital Yerevan on April 24.
The message issued by the Turkish president on the occasion of April 24 is “yet another failed manifestation of denialism”, Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said, commenting on the statement by Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Post-Centennial Reality: World reacts less vigorously to Armenian Genocide commemorations on 101st anniversary
Unlike last year’s 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, this year there is less international attention to the commemorations being held in Yerevan on the 101st anniversary of the Ottoman-era massacres.
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.
“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.
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.
The commemoration of the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this year is accompanied by lingering tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone where about a hundred Armenian soldiers as well as civilians were killed in an aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan earlier this month.