Clooney’s Message: Hollywood star in Armenia to promote Ottoman-era genocide recognition

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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.

Clooney arrived in the South Caucasus country to participate in the inaugural Aurora Prize award ceremony. The prize named after one of Armenian Genocide survivors, Arshaluys (Aurora) Mardiganian, who went through the horrors of the massacres to tell the world about the atrocities that occurred in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, is awarded on behalf of all Genocide survivors to modern-day savors of human lives.

On April 24, the American celebrity commemorated the victims of the Genocide at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan and also visited the Armenian Genocide Museum.

During the second Global Forum “Against the Crime of Genocide” held on April 23, Clooney said that the Armenian Genocide, being a part of the Armenian people’s history, is not only the pain of the Armenian people, but also of all humanity.

“When someone is trying to annihilate a whole human race, culture, people, that’s genocide, there can be no other version of it,” said Clooney while taking part in a panel discussion.
“What we are doing today has two objectives. First, we have to look back into the past and remember that it’s not the pain of a particular country or people, it’s part of world history. Second, we need to move forward,” Clooney added.

Diaspora Armenians known in their countries and internationally are also spreading the word about the Armenian Genocide these days.

System of a Down rock band guitarist John Dolmayan wrote on his Facebook account.

“April 24th 2016 marks the 101-year-long denial by the Turkish government of the genocide of the Armenians where 1.5 million Christian Armenians were systematically targeted for extermination. We survived, they failed.”

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian in his turn shared a new original music which he composed for the film “1915”. Tankian orchestrated and sings on “Ari Im Sokhag,” which sets a somber mood to accompany 1915’s subject of the Armenian genocide.