Senate Support Mounts for Genocide Resolution

– Edwards–Wyden and Conrad latest Cosponsors of S.Res.307

– Resolution boasts Diverse Group of Supporters

WASHINGTON–As the Senate works to address key initiatives and adjourn prior to elections–the support for a resolution marking the 15th anniversary of the Senate ratification of the United Nations Genocide Convention has grown substantially–reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA.)

Top Senate leaders including Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden (D-RI)–Armed Services Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI)–Banking Committee Chairman Paul Sarbanes (D-MD)–Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND)–Government Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (D-CT)–Health and Education Committee Chairman Ted Kennedy (D-MA)–and Small Business Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) are among the bipartisan group of over 30 Senators who have expressed their support for the measure. The full list of co-sponsors is provided below.

The support comes as a diverse coalition of over 40 organizations representing human rights groups and a variety of ethnic organizations have worked with Senate members on this critical issue. The coalition includes the NAACP–Sons of Italy–Cambodian Association of America–Brookdale College Center of Holocaust Studies–the International Campaign for Tibet and some 20 Armenian American organizations. NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary Shelton noted why their organization has spoken out on S.Res.307. "Now–more than ever–it is ever more important that the United States government–through S.Res.307–recommit itself to the tenets and principles of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide–implemented by the US in 1988," explained Shelton. The full list of coalition members is provided below.

Introduced by Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) in July–S.Res.307 recognizes the 15th anniversary of US implementation of the Genocide Convention as a "principled stand" by the American people "toward ensuring that the lessons of the Holocaust–the Armenian Genocide–the genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda–among others–will be used to help prevent future genocides."

The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide–first approved in 1948–confirms that genocide is a crime under international law and defines genocide as actions committed with intent to destroy a national–ethnic–racial or religious group. The Convention calls on signatory states to enact domestic legislation to provide effective penalties for persons who are guilty of genocide.

S.Res.307 cosponsor Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) explained the significance of S.Res.307 as follows: "The United States implementation of the 1948 Genocide Convention was a declaration of the nation’s revulsion at the crime of genocide and its determination to punish those guilty of atrocities. S. Res. 307 commemorates the dedication to the principle that while a treaty alone cannot prevent the genocide of another of the world’s people–or restore the lives of thousands of Armenia’s–Jews and Cambodians killed by ruthless leaders–it can provide the standards and consequences for changing the behavior of states" S.Res.307 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee and awaits a mark-up date. Efforts continue to increase Senate support for the Genocide resolution in the upcoming weeks.

Senate Co-Sponsors of S.Res.307

George Allen (R-VA)

Evan Bayh (D-IN)

Joseph Biden (D-DE)

Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Conrad Burns (R-MT)

Max Cleland (D-GA)

Hillary Clinton (D-NY)

Jon Corzine (D-NJ)

Richard Durbin (D-IL)

John Edwards (D-NC)

John Ensign (R-NV)

Russell Feingold (D-WI)

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

James Jeffords (I-VT)

Tim Johnson (D-SD)

Edward Kennedy (D-MA)

John Kerry (D-MA)

Herb Kohl (D-WI)

Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Carl Levin (D-MI)

Joseph Lieberman (D-CT)

Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Jack Reed (D-RI)

Rick Santorum (R-PA)

Paul Sarbanes (D-MD)

Charles Schumer (D-NY)

Arlen Specter (R-PA)

Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Robert Torricelli (D-NJ)

Paul Wellstone (D-MN)

Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Coalition In Support of S.Res.307

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – Baltimore–MD

International Campaign for Tibet – Washington–DC

Order–Sons of Italy in America – New York–NY

National Congress of Indian Americans – Washington–DC

Brookdale College Center of Holocaust Studies – Lincroft–NJ

The Center for the Study of Human Rights at Worcester State College – Worcester–MA

The Center for World Indigenous Studies – Olympia–WA

Campaign to End Genocide – Washington–DC

Near East Foundation – New York–NY

Christian Solidarity International – Westlake Village–CA

Lao Human Rights Council – Eau Clair–WI

Cambodian Association of America – Los Angeles–CA

Bulgarian Institute for Research and Analysis – Bethesda–MD

American Hellenic Institute – Washington–DC

American Hellenic Media Project – New York–NY

Hellenic American Council – Los Angeles–CA

United Hellenic American Congress – Chicago–IL

Arab American Institute – Washington–DC

Arab Community Center – Dearborn–Michigan

Armenian National Committee of America – Washington–DC

Apostolic Exarchate for Armenian Catholics – New York–NY

Armenian Evangelical Union of North America

Armenian Missionary Association of America – Paramus–NJ

Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church – New York–NY and Los Angeles–CA

Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church – New York–NY and Los Angeles–CA

Armenian Assembly Washington–DC

Armenian General Benevolent Union New York–NY

Armenian Council of America – Paramus–NJ and Los Angeles–CA

Armenian Relief Society – Watertown–MA and Glendale–CA

Armenian Youth Federation of America – Watertown–MA and Glendale–CA

Hamazkayn Armenian Cultural and Educational Association – Watertown–MA and Glendale–CA

Homenetmen Armenian General Athletic Union – Watertown–MA and Glendale–CA

Knights of Vartan – New York–NY

Tekeyan Cultural Association – Watertown–MA

Armenia Fund USA – New York–NY

Armenian American Democratic Leadership Council – Falls Church–VA

Armenian Bar Association – Los Angeles–CA

Armenian Engineers and Scientists Association Los Angeles–CA

Land and Culture Organization – New York–NY

National Organization of Republican Armenia’s – Washington–DC

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