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Issue Background

Armenian Genocide Recognition

"At a time when Christians and minority communities continue to be in imminent danger and under constant attack, the President's statement on the Armenian Genocide fails to stand up for human rights and is inconsistent with American values, and represents the same kind of capitulation to Turkish authoritarianism which will cost more lives." 

On April 24th, the Armenian Genocide is commemorated around the world, The Armenian Assembly stands in solidarity with Armenians and non-Armenians alike in remembering the victims of the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust.
 
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan stated that "Like the genocide of the Armenians before it, and the genocide of the Cambodians which followed it - and like too many other such persecutions of too many other peoples - the lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten." Reagan's statement reflects America's values and is a powerful reminder that words have meaning.
 
Unequivocally affirming the Armenian Genocide would honor the more than 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred. It would also serve to remember this proud chapter in America's history of helping to save the survivors. We must remember atrocities to prevent them from occurring again.

Learn more about the Armenian Genocide:

Read our Fact Sheet

Visit the online Armenian Genocide Museum

Visit the Armenian National Institute resource site