ANCA Continues to Call for U.S. House Vote on Genocide Resolution

WASHINGTON–Armenian American and anti-genocide activists  across the United States continue to mobilize in support of a possible vote on the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res.252, in the final days of the Congressional session, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

“We continue to look to the House Democratic leadership to schedule a vote allowing a bipartisan majority to adopt the Armenian Genocide Resolution, honoring the victims of this crime and to paying tribute to the proud legacy of America’s humanitarian response to this atrocity,” said Aram Hamparian, executive director of the ANCA. “It’s long past time for America to reject Turkey’s ‘gag rule’ on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.”

Earlier today, Majority Leader Hoyer announced that the House is set to adjourn for the week on Friday evening, returning on Tues., Dec. 21 to complete the legislative business for the 111th Congress. Thousands of anti-genocide activists across the U.S. have been contacting Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer and their Congressional Representatives, in support of Congress passing this human rights measure. Last week, Armenian American celebrities Kim Kardashian and Serge Tankian urged millions of their Twitter, Facebook, and website followers to bring H.Res.252 to the Floor.

House Resolution 252, introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and spearheaded by House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Congressional Armenian Caucus co-chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.),  and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) along with bipartisan base of Congressional leaders from across the U.S. including incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), incoming House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Foreign Affairs Committee Member Ed Royce (R-Calif.). The resolution currently has 149 co-sponsors.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee adopted the measure in March 2010. Similar legislation was adopted at the committee level in the U.S. House in 2000, 2005, and 2007.

The Armenian Genocide Resolution “calls upon the President to ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the United States record relating to the Armenian Genocide and the consequences of the failure to realize a just resolution.” It goes on to urge the president, in his “annual message commemorating the Armenian Genocide issued on or about April 24, to accurately characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1,500,000 Armenians as genocide and to recall the proud history of United States intervention in opposition to the Armenian Genocide.”

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  1. sam said:

    why not. do it and get over with the worst is gooing to happen is to call back the ambassador for a month or two. but are they going to survive without the usa. if they like to be like albania or kosovo so the turks can try it to close the bases. or beeing anti americans which they are anyway.so france did it so is sweden and the canadiens so we are very eeeeeeger. for yes vote . viva armenia.

  2. Seervart said:

    ANCA and Armenians across America must stand strong and work with vigor and strength as the Jewish congressmen, statesmen, businessmen and the media headed by their majority work and have worked for the Haulocost. There is and will continue to be by Turkey a very strong opposition against the AG resolution to pass as it has been in the past. What can we all do to overcome all the Turks’ strong opposition? Armenia, the motherland must also work with us and demand the AG to pass as well as to speak and demand our rights in the form of reparations and our confiscated lands by Turkey.

  3. facts said:

    First Turkish racists around Talaat Pasha did hijack Ottoman government and committed genocides , later so called modern Turkey was hijacked by Turkish fascist and today the same Turkish government being hijacked by Islamo- fascists …The recognition of Armenian Genocide by the world community including US Senate will definitely help healthy forces within Turkey to work for a better and more human Turkey and a society without taboos!

    US congress should have the courage to resist Turkish blackmails.

  4. truth said:

    We all are aware how Germany did participate in Armenian genocide. Today Turkey is not only engaged in killing of the memory of Armenian Genocide and the truth but Turkish racist government is and engaged in justifying of Armenian genocide. Therefore the help of US is much needed as the help of German Empire was needed in 1915 during systematic annihilation of Armenian people.

    White House and the US State Department are acting almost in the same way as Deutsche Reich – German Empire – acted during the Armenian Genocide. When White House refusing to call a genocide by its name and plays word games by speaking merely of Armenia loses (etc), it is the same as the army officials of Deutsche Reich in 1915/1916 agreed that there were simply some “needed deportation” and so on .. The same Germany did all possible in covering up the ongoing Turkish lead genocide of Armenian people from the German people and society!

    There are a lot of parallels and similarities between policy and cover ups of White House and the US State Department and the policy of German Empire pursued during genocide! As Germany become the co sponsor and collaborator in/of Armenian Genocide , The US State Department has become cosponsor of falsifying of history and denial of Armenian Genocide by Turkey!

  5. Gary said:

    We can all help get this passed by joining ANCA.org to keep up to date about what is going on. We can also do what they say and call our representatives.
    We can also start debating the deniers on forums. They can’t argue because they are badly misinformed about it. They have all been spoonfeed the same lies.
    Where to find these sites? Go to the news stories about the genocide and debate them in the forums.
    We can also use the internet to create info about the genocide. Other good sites is twitter, facebook, myspace and youtube
    We can all make a difference.
    Even if this doesn’t pass, this creates a lot of bad publicity for Turkey–which can hurt them for tourism.

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