Wednesday, April 22, 2015

United to End Genocide

Recognize the Armenian Genocide
As a Presidential candidate Barack Obama said, America "deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide." We agree.
Dear Friends;

Hitler did not fear retribution for the Holocaust. Why? He didn't think the world would care, asking "Who today still speaks of the massacre of the Armenians?"

One hundred years after the start of the Armenian genocide, the question still remains. Despite the evidence of the Armenian genocide many countries — including Turkey — still deny a genocide took place.

Before entering the White House, President Obama said America "deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide." We agree. And on the eve of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian genocide,
I'm asking you to join the call to President Obama and Congress to acknowledge the genocide and demand that Turkey formally recognize it too.

The facts are clear. Between 1915 and 1923, 1.5 million Christian Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks were killed. As the Ottoman Empire disintegrated, the outbreak of World War I gave the Turkish government cover needed to begin systematically killing Armenians through "death marches."

The perpetrators were never prosecuted for their crimes. The survivors never received compensation. While Turkey has acknowledged mass deaths of Armenians, to this day it refuses to call what happened a genocide.

As a close ally of Turkey, the United states is in a position of influence. Instead it has bent to geopolitical pressure. Instead of following through on his campaign promise to recognize the Armenian genocide, President Obama has abandoned the term altogether.
Bear witness and add your voice to those standing with the Armenian people and demand recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

A century after the atrocities began, this matters. In recognizing the Armenian Genocide, the Swedish Parliament declared, "The denial of genocide is widely recognized as the final stage of genocide, enshrining impunity for the perpetrators of genocide, and demonstrably paving the way for future genocides."

We know the surest way to prevent atrocities in the future is to acknowledge and learn from those in the past.

As we mark the 100th anniversary, we must extend the call of "Never Forget" in the wake of the Holocaust and
formally recognize the Armenian Genocide.

 President, United to End Genocide

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