ANCA Presents Case for Genocide Resolution Vote

–Urges Speaker Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Frist to heed Congressional and constituent calls for action

WASHINGTON–DC–The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA)–again this week–urged the Congressional leadership to take note of the overwhelming bipartisan support for legislation marking the 15th anniversary of the US implementation of the Genocide Convention and schedule a vote on the Senate and House Genocide resolutions (S.Res.164 and H.Res.193).

In an ANCA update sent to Members of Congress–ANCA Government Affairs director Abraham Niziblian outlined ten key reasons why Senate Majority Leader Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert should place the Genocide legislation on the Congressional docket for action.

The Genocide resolution was introduced in the Senate in June–2003 by Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and Jon Corzine (D-NJ). Its

Companion House measure–H.Res.193–led by Representatives George Radanovich (R-CA)–Adam Schiff (D-CA)–and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Joe Knollenberg (R-MI)–was adopted unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee last May and has 111 cosponsors. The resolution cites the importance of remembering past crimes against humanity–including the Armenian Genocide–Holocaust–Cambodian and Rwandan genocides–in an effort to stop future atrocities. Support for the measure has been widespread–with a diverse coalition of over 100 ethnic–religious–civil and human rights organizations calling for its passage–including American Values–National Organization of Women–Sons of Italy–NAACP–Union of Orthodox Rabbis–and the National Council of La Raza.

The ANCA update provides the following compelling reasons why the Genocide Resolution deserves a vote: it seeks to prevent future genocides; it strengthens America’s commitment to the Genocide Convention; its unanimous adoption by the House Judiciary Committee; its broad–bipartisan support; endorsement by a coalition of over 100 organizations; support by Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power for adoption of the Genocide Resolution; participation of over 40 legislators in the Capitol Hill Observance of the Armenian Genocide; request to President by 191 members of Congress this April to recognize the Armenian Genocide; the National Genocide Resolution postcard campaign; benefit concert supporting passage of Genocide Resolution.

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