British Attempts at Republishing Book on Genocide

ISTANBUL (Marmara)–The British House of Lords is to republish a book written in 1916 titled the "Blue Book" depicting the Armenian Genocide.

As reported–for the first time in British history–a Remembrance Day will be observed on January 27 for the victims of Genocide throughout the world. On this day the remembrance of Jewish Holocaust victims will also be observed. The British government refused to allow the Genocide of Armenia’s to be remembered on this day–however–Armenian activists in England are working hard to have the Armenian Genocide also commemorated on that day. The republishing of "The Blue Book"–which accounts how Armenia’s were treated and persecuted under Ottoman rule–will help in bringing the Armenian Genocide on the agenda for that day.

The "Blue Book" is to remind Parliamentarians about their duty to commit themselves to the fight for human rights. The republishing of the book is being undertaken by Human Rights Committee vice-chairman Eric Avebury. The book was originally published by Viscount James Brandy and historian Arnold Toynbee–who in 1916 were selected to document the treatment of Armenia’s under Ottoman Rule between 1915-1916.

The 700 page book describes the Armenian Genocide–with accounts given by the American Embassy in Istanbul–American missionaries–and eyewitness accounts by German–Italian–Danish–Swedish–Greek officials and by the Armenian and Kurdish populations.

In the 1916 edition of the book–many of the eyewitnesses withheld their names after giving their accounts. Those names however will be printed in the version which is under publication in the House of Lords. Also–the names of the locations where the studies were conducted are to be published.


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