Argentina’s Senate Unanimously Adopts Genocide Recognition Bill

BUENOS AIRES (Armenia Weekly)–The Argentine Senate Thursday unanimously adopted a bill declaring April 24 "National Day of Tolerance and Respect for Humanity." The bill was approved by Argentina’s National Assembly last month. It awaits presidential approval. The bill also gives Argentine citizens of Armenian descent the legal right to be absent from work or university classes on that day. The Armenian National Committee of South America worked tirelessly on this matter, which was earlier postponed from the parliamentary agenda. Through the activism of the Argentine-Armenian community, more than 4,500 emails were sent to legislators urging the passage of the bill. "By this unanimous vote, Argentina recognizes officially the reality of the Armenian Genocide committed by Ottoman Empire in 1915-1923," affirmed the bill. Armenia’s Ambassador to Argentina Vladimir Karmirshalyan, who was present at the hearing, praised this decisive action. "I share the joy and the pride with all those present here, the community and all of Armenia. Argentina, once again, demonstrated its dedication to human rights and the aspirations of the Armenian people. Earlier this month, the Turkish foreign ministry condemned the approval of this resolution, saying in a statement that "Argentina’s move did not comply with historical facts and spirit of bilateral relations between Turkey and Argentina."

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