Congressman Ed Royce ANCA’s ‘Human Rights Champion’

Organization will honor Orange County Representative for his long history of championing rights of all victims of genocide

LOS ANGELES–United States Congressman Ed Royce (R-40) has been selected to receive the Armenian National Committee – Western Region’s coveted Human Rights Champion award for his principal role in human rights issues–including his forthright stance on the Armenian Genocide. The announcement came on Thursday that Royce–who serves on the House International Relations Committee as well as the Financial Services Committee–would be receiving the honor at the organization’s Annual Banquet that will be held on September 18. The Banquet is the ANCA-WR’s gala event–and will be held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles this year.

Royce–who is a member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues–has been a strong supporter of issues of concern to the Armenian American community throughout his seven terms in Congress. Most recently–Congressman Royce cosponsored the Armenian Genocide resolution with Rep. George Radanovich (R-19).

During his tenure in Congress–the Congressman hosted the ANCA Armenian Genocide Observance on Capitol Hill–an annually event that draws hundreds of Armenian Americans from across the country.

He has persistently written the President of the United States urging him to use the term "genocide" in his annual April 24 addresses–and to help in end Turkey’s blockade of Armenia. Congressman Royce was honored by the ANC-Orange County Chapter in 2004.

"Congressman Royce is a strong human rights defender," says ANCA-WR Chairman Steven Dadaian. "He not only supports a just resolution for the Armenian Genocide–but also understands that without the re-affirmation of the facts of this tragedy–atrocities will continue to occur around the world."

Royce has a strong history of public service. In 1982–he was elected to the California State Senate where he began his fight for victims’ rights and has continued this fight in the Halls of Congress since his election in 1992.

As a member of the International Relations Committee–the Congressman Chairs the Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation–and is the Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa–Global Human Rights and International Operations; he is also a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

During his tenure as the Chairman of the Africa Subcommittee (1998-2004)–Royce held some 70 hearings examining a wide range of issues of importance to Africa and the US–and shepherded several legislative initiatives and numerous resolutions affecting relations between the US and Africa. Hearings in 2004 included confronting war crimes in Africa–reflecting on the Rwandan genocide–the current genocide in Darfur–and peace prospects in Sudan–the Ivory Coast–and the Congo. Rep. Royce has led several Congressional delegations to numerous African countries–including his most recent trip to observe the genocide in Darfur–Sudan.

The ANCA-WR Annual Banquet regularly draws over 700 individuals–including a long list of dignitaries–such as prominent Members of Congress and state legislators–as well as a vast number of Armenian American community leaders and political activists. The annual event is the largest of its kind and helps raise funds to operate the nation’s largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots and political advocacy organization. More honorees are to be announced in the coming weeks before the annual banquet.

For more information on this year’s ANCA-WR Annual Banquet–or to reserve a table–call the ANCA-WR office at (818) 5001918.

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