Assemblymember Frommer Introduces Legislation to Recognize Armenian Genocide

SACRAMENTO–Assemblymember Daro Frommer (D-Glendale) today introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 22 calling on the State of California to recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1924 by designating April 24th as "California Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923–and for the Victims of the Sumgait Pogroms of 1988 and Baku Riots of 1990."

"This legislation remembers the victims and honors the survivors of the Forgotten Genocide," said Frommer of the proposed legislation. "Governmen’s throughout the world must work diligently to keep this new millennium free of the hatred–bigotry–and cruelty which was at the heart of the Armenian Genocide and the other crimes against humanity that marred the 20th century.

The Armenian people living in their historic homeland in Asia Minor were subjected to severe persecution and brutal injustice by the Turkish rulers of the Ottoman Empire before and after the twentieth century–culminating with what is known as the "Forgotten Genocide." From April 24–1915–through 1923–more than 1.5 million Armenian men–women and children were murdered by the Young Turk regime in control of the Turkish Ottoman Empire–and many more were starved–tortured–led on death marches into the Syrian desert–and exiled from their homeland. Armenian in Azerbaijan fell victim again to the Sumgait Pogroms in 1988–resulting in 72 deaths–and the Baku anti-Armenian riots in 1990–resulting in 68 Armenian death and the mass deportation of 350,000 Armenia’s from Azerbaijan.

Frommer’s legislation calls upon the State of California to designate April 24–2001–as "California Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923–and for the Victims of the Sumgait Pogroms of 1988 and Baku riots of 1990."

California joins a list of many groups and governmen’s that have admitted the abuses and crimes committed by the Young Turk regime against the Armenian people. The Republic of Turkey continues to deny the occurrence of the crimes against humanity committed by the Young Turk rulers.

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