Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, March 05, 2007

House may take on Armenian genocide

It seems that the United States House of Representatives is poised to bring a non-binding resolution to the floor that would describe the atrocities committed in 1915 by the Ottoman Empire as genocide, according to an op-ed by Jackson Diehl in today’s Washington Post. This is not the first time this issue has been brought up, but the current resolution is unique in that it has a real possibility of passage – especially with the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The resolution would claim as fact that 1.5 million were killed during the Armenian genocide and essentially nothing was done about it, leading the way for Hitler and the Holocaust. Both sides of this debate appear to be playing politics as well. The sponsor of the resolution, Rep. Adam Schiff, estimates that there are between 70,000 and 80,000 ethnic Armenians in his district, and Pelosi’s district also has a large number. Although the message of the resolution is theoretically strong, in the end, it is non-binding, Diehl writes.

To read the article, click here.


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