Politics 12:50 25/04/2024 Armenia

Rep. Schiff commemorates Armenian Genocide anniversary

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Vice Chair of the Congressional Armenian Caucus, released the following statement to commemorate the 109th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24. The statement was also submitted for the Congressional Record.

Read Schiff’s full statement below:

“One hundred and nine years ago, the Ottoman Empire began a concerted and systemic effort to destroy the Armenian people. Armenians from all walks of life, including writers, doctors, and teachers, were rounded up and brutally murdered, clergy were tortured and burned alive in churches, women and girls were brutalized, raped and killed, sons and daughters witnessed their fathers being murdered, and children and the elderly died of exhaustion and starvation on a forced march to Deir ez-Zor. 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children, entire families, were wiped out in an act of mass premeditated murder.

The facts of the genocide are horrific and undisputed by historians. They were recorded by American diplomats serving in the Ottoman Empire at the time who bore witness in official cables to the annihilation of the Armenian population. The U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire at the time, Henry Morgenthau, described it as a “campaign of race extermination.” It was the first genocide of the 20thCentury – a term coined by Raphäel Lempkin partly in response to this barbarity.

Despite overwhelming and ever-increasing evidence of this methodical mass killing, Turkey has long engaged in a dangerous campaign to deny the genocide and to silence anyone who seeks to speak the truth.

I have sat down with survivors. I have been welcomed into their homes. I have listened to their stories of how their parents, aunts and uncles were murdered, how their property and the lives that their families built were destroyed. I have watched them relive the pain over and over, reopening the wound to keep the history of their families alive.

The United States will no longer stand in dishonorable silence. In 2019, the U.S. House passed my resolution officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide by a near unanimous and bipartisan margin. That same year, the U.S. Senate also passed a resolution affirming the facts of the Armenian Genocide. And in 2021, President Biden finally cast aside decades of shameful silence by our nation to become the first sitting U.S. President to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.

These historic achievements happened because of a resilient and enduring Armenian community and diaspora, and decades of work. It's a testament to the efforts of thousands of activists, organizations, communities, and faith leaders. It's a victory for human rights and for truth itself, and it's something that we achieved working together.

But we know there remains so much important work to do. These wounds are still open, they have not fully healed and in tragic ways, some grow even larger.

To this day, President Aliyev of Azerbaijan echoes the genocidal language and actions of more than a century ago with the support of Turkey. Beginning on September 27, 2020, and over 44 days, Azerbaijani forces invaded and murdered innocent Armenians in Artsakh and displaced tens of thousands more. They continued to terrorize the people of Artsakh in subsequent military attacks, and by blocking the Lachin corridor, leaving 120,000 ethnic Armenian people without access to food, water, medical supplies and services, gas, and electricity for over 9 months. And then in 2023, the Aliyev regime took full advantage of a people they had systematically starved to ethnically cleanse Artsakh’s indigenous Armenian population.

As we mark the 109th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with pledges of “never again,” the democratic and peaceful Armenian people face threats like never before. There is real and growing concern that Aliyev has his eyes set on land beyond Artsakh. To this day, Azerbaijani forces remain present on sovereign Armenian land, in violation of Armenia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Though the United States and international partners have condemned Azerbaijan's aggression and military assault against Armenians, the time for strong statements alone has clearly long passed. Condemnation must be followed by real meaningful consequences. The United States must hold Azerbaijan and its leadership accountable. Crimes against humanity cannot be ignored and cannot go unanswered.

The United States must suspend military assistance to Azerbaijan, impose Global Magnitsky Act sanctions on Azerbaijani officials complicit in war crimes and other gross human rights violations, call for Azerbaijan’s release of Armenian prisoners of war, hostages, leaders of Artsakh, and other illegally detained persons, and urge the immediate withdrawal of Azerbaijani forces from the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia.

Further, we must provide robust humanitarian assistance to Armenia and the Armenian people, advocate for the right of displaced persons and refugees to return to their homes in Artsakh, with a commitment to safeguarding their individual and collective property rights. Finally, we must also call attention to the destruction and desecration of Armenian religious and cultural sites by Azerbaijan and urge their safeguarding and preservation.

On this solemn anniversary, as we pause to remember the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide, we also reflect on the resilience of those who survived, and the perseverance of their children and grandchildren, who built new lives in the United States and around the world, speak the beautiful Armenian language, and enrich our nation with the Armenian culture and heritage. Armenians refused to let the Genocide define their lives or to limit their future potential. Instead, they showed the world that Armenians could face the future with courage, knowing that they have already overcome the worst atrocities of the past.

Despite the struggles the Armenian people have faced and continue to face, it has not broken their faith, determination, or their will to press on. They have overcome the harshest of trials, and yet, they remain strong and unbowed, in Los Angeles, in Yerevan, and around the world. I will always stand with the Armenian community.”

Source Panorama.am
Share |

Related news

Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:


Welcome to CaseKey 2024. Byblos Bank Armenia firmly stands by future innovators
Strategic business cases, invaluable experience, innovative approaches and more than 25 events are in store for the participants of CaseKey...
LIVE: Archbishop Bagrat meets with IT specialists
Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, the leader of a protest movement against the Armenian government’s unilateral territorial concessions to...
Armenian border villagers burn their property before land handover to Azerbaijan
Residents of Kirants, a border village in Armenia's Tavush Province, are burning their property and land plots in areas which will fall...
Thousands bid farewell to Iran's Raisi on final day of funeral rites
Thousands marched in Iran on Thursday on the final day of funeral rites for president Ebrahim Raisi, who will be laid to rest in his hometown...
Expert: Turkish media 'delighted' by Pashinyan's statements
Turkish media has been “delighted” by the latest statements of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, says Varuzhan Geghamyan, a...
Expert: ZCMC's donation of 270 million drams to My Step Foundation damages Armenia's rating
Zangezur Copper Molybdenum Combine (ZCMC) recently donated 70 million drams to the My Step Foundation run by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol...
Argentina's president belts out heavy metal at book launch
Argentine President Javier Milei looked more like a rock star than an economist-turned-politician on stage Wednesday night, Reuters...
Armenian Assembly of America reinforces $250 million aid package for Armenia
On Thursday, in a meeting with Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) Co-Chair Anthony...
Hydromet service chief reports increase in Sevan water level
Armenia’s Lake Sevan has experienced a year-on-year increase in water, the Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Center chief reports....
Opposition MP warns of 'unprecedented' pressure on Armenia border villagers
MP Garnik Danielyan of the opposition Hayastan faction has warned of “unprecedented” pressure on residents of Kirants, a border...
At least nine dead as stage collapses at Mexico campaign rally
At least nine people have been killed, including a child, and about 50 have been injured after part of a stage collapsed at an election rally in...
Armenian singer's son released
A court in Yerevan has ordered the release of Hrachya Ghevondyan, the son of popular Armenian singer Hayk Ghevondyan (better known as Spitaktsi...
Rep. Jim Costa presses Blinken to hold Azerbaijan accountable for crimes against Armenians
Rep. Jim Costa presses U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to hold Azerbaijan accountable for its genocidal crimes against indigenous...
Macron posts tribute to Charles Aznavour on 100th anniversary
French President Emmanuel Macron took to social media to pay tribute to legendary French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour on...
Iran's supreme leader says Raisi was 'very sensitive' to Armenia's border issues
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei hosted the prime ministers of Iraq and Armenia, as well as the Hamas chief in...
Serzh Sargsyan reiterates support for movement led by Archbishop Bagrat
Former President Serzh Sargsyan, chair of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), on Wednesday reiterated his team’s support for the...
Armenia's football squad for upcoming friendlies unveiled
The head coach of Armenia’s national football team, Oleksandr Petrakov, has announced the Armenian squad for the upcoming friendly matches...
Pro-government MP: 208 sq. km of Armenian territory occupied by Azerbaijan
A total of 208 square kilometers of Armenia's territory remains occupied by Azerbaijan, pro-government MP Hayk Konjoryan said on...
Expert: Turkey campaigning against protest movement in Armenia
Turkey is campaigning against the protest movement in Armenia led by Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, says Varuzhan Geghamyan, a Yerevan-based...
ANCA congressional testimony calls for $200 million aid for Artsakh refugees
The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) called on key Senate Committees to pressure the Biden Administration to cut all military aid...
Pashinyan: Charles Aznavour a 'universal hero' who united humanity around his art
Nikol Pashinyan issued a message on the 100th birth anniversary of legendary singer Charles Aznavour marked on May 22. The prime...
Armenian singer's son denies plotting seizure of power
Hrachya Ghevondyan, the son of popular Armenian singer Hayk Ghevondyan (better known as Spitaktsi Hayko), has been charged with plotting a...
Luxembourg parliament speaker urges Baku to immediately release Armenian prisoners
Claude Wiseler, President of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies, called on Azerbaijan to immediately release all Armenian prisoners and provide...
Son of famous Armenian singer arrested
Hrachya Ghevondyan, the son of popular Armenian singer Hayk Ghevondyan (better known as Spitaktsi Hayko), has been arrested on charges of...
LIVE: Archbishop Bagrat meets with economists
Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, the leader of a protest movement against the Armenian government’s unilateral territorial concessions to...
Armenian parliament elects new top court judge
The National Assembly on Tuesday voted to elect Davit Khachaturyan as a new judge of Armenia’s Constitutional Court....
Azerbaijan demolishes residential buildings in Stepanakert
The Azerbaijani regime has started demolishing residential buildings in Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), former Artsakh...
Today marks Charles Aznavour's 100th birth anniversary
Today marks the 100th birth anniversary of legendary French-Armenian singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour. Born Chahnour Vaghinag...
Sean Baker's 'Anora' featuring Armenian actors gets Cannes standing ovation
Sean Baker’s “Anora ” which stars Karren Karagulian and Vache Tovmasyan, premiered in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival...
Pashinyan travels to Iran
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan left for Iran on a working visit on Wednesday, his office reported. In Tehran, Nikol...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}