WASHINGTON–DC–Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ)–the author of recently introduced legislation (S.Res.307) commemorating the Genocide Convention–described the decision by the United States to become a fully signatory to this landmark treaty as an "important part of our nation’s fight to deter future genocides," reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
In his remarks–the Senator also stressed that importance of fighting genocide denial and ensuring that those who would consider using genocide as a political tool realize they will not escape responsibility for their crimes.
"We must never forget the terrible genocides which contributed to making the last century the bloodiest in man’s history," said Senator Torricelli. "The legislation this resolution commemorates was an important part of our nation’s fight to deter future genocides. We must continue that fight by countering the denial of past genocides and ensuring that those who consider using genocide realize they cannot escape responsibility for their crimes," he added.
The legislation marks the 15th anniversary of U.S. implementation of the Genocide Convention–describing this as a step "toward ensuring that the lessons of the Holocaust–the Armenian Genocide–the genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda–among others–will be used to help prevent future genocides." The resolution also notes that–despite the international community’s consensus against genocide–"denial of past instances of genocide continues and many thousands of innocent people continue to be victims of genocide."
Armenian Americans from throughout the nation have voiced their support for the resolution through calls and faxes to their Senators. Many have already utilized the free ANCA WebFax system (www.anca.org) to contact their elected officials on this important issue. Other will use the August Congressional recess to meet with Senators and their staffs.
In an outreach effort to segmen’s of the American public traditionally uninvolved in Genocide recognition efforts–ANCA and AYF representatives at OzzFest concerts across the country are educating attendees about S.Res.307. The OzzFest Genocide recognition advocacy campaign was organized through the efforts of renowned metal band System of a Down–who have organized "Axis of Justice" educational tables at concerts throughout their national tour.