Argentina Genocide Bill Becomes Law

The Armenian National Committee of South American announced that a resolution declaring April 24 as day of Tolerance and Respect between Peoples approved by the Congress and senate of Argentina became law Thursday when Argentinean President Nestor Kirchner did not veto the bill. Armenian ambassador to Argentina Vladimir Karmirshalian said that approval of the law by Argentina proved that not only Europe is concerned with the policy of denial adopted by Turkey but also Latin America. Argentina, which always follows the policy of defending human rights this time also proved its devotion to that principle and is the best example for other countries. "Being the leading country in Latin America it will serve as an example for other countries of its region in respect of recognition of Armenian genocide," said Karmirshalian, adding that the condemnation of genocide by law was a result of hard work by Armenian organizations, such as the ANCA, which was instrumental in the effort. On November 29, the Argentine National Assembly approved the bill and on December 13, the Senate approved the measure unanimously. The law gives an opportunity to all state figures and officials of Armenian descent as well as to Armenian students to take the day off from work or school as a national holiday. Last year two Argentinean provinces, Buenos Aires and Cordova, also approved laws on marking April 24 as Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. The laws demand that the Genocide be included in the school curriculum. In Buenos Aires, April 24 has been declared day of remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.


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