ANKARA (Combined Sources)–Armenian and other rights groups called for action Saturday over the distribution and screening in Turkish elementary schools of a controversial documentary denying the Armenian Genocide, AFP reported.
The declaration signed by seven rights organizations, among them Armenian foundations and the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, said the documentary was inciting "racism" and "enmity", AFP reported.
The call follows reports earlier this week that Turkey’s Education Ministry had asked teachers to show the documentary, "Sari Gelin — The True Face of the Armenian Question," a documentary film developed by the Army’s General Staff, to students and file reports on the result of the screenings.
The Education Ministry later halted the distribution of the documentary and said at the film was sent to schools for the benefit of the teachers, not the students.
"This documentary is a propaganda film … It is not only biased and hostile but also provocative and openly racist," the declaration by activists said.
"This is not an objective production … It has been made to poison people’s souls and to turn Turks and Armenia’s into enemies," it added.
Academics have criticized the documentary for reflecting the official position of the Turkish Republic on the Armenian Genocide.