SENIOR DEMOCRAT ON INFLUENTIAL SENATE COMMITTEE TASKED TO REVIEW GENOCIDE RESOLUTION PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR THE MEASURE
WASHINGTON–DC (ANCA)–Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)–senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee–cosponsored S.Res.164–a resolution marking the 15th anniversary of the US implementation of the Genocide Convention. The decision came following an October 31 meeting between ANC Vermont Chairman Armen Carapetian–ANCA Government Affairs Director Abraham Niziblian–and Sen. Leahy’s foreign affairs staff to discuss a wide range of issues concerning the Armenian American community.
"We are fortunate here in Vermont to be represented by Senator Leahy–who serves as the Ranking Member on both the panel with jurisdiction over the Genocide Resolution–as well as the subcommittee responsible for writing the foreign aid bill," said ANC-Vermont Chairman Armen Carapetian–who–prior to moving to Vermont–served as chairman of ANC-Maryland during that state’s passage of a Genocide Resolution. "The increasingly active Vermont Armenian community appreciates the Senator’s leadership and looks forward to continuing to work with him in support of the passage of the Genocide Resolution," Carapetian added.
The Genocide resolution was introduced in the Senate in June by Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and Jon Corzine (D-NJ). Its companion House measure–H.Res.193–led by Representatives George Radanovich (R-CA)–Adam Schiff (D-CA)–and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Joe Knollenberg (R-MI)–was adopted unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee in May and has 111 cosponsors. The resolution cites the importance of remembering past crimes against humanity–including the Armenian Genocide–Holocaust–Cambodian and Rwandan genocides–in an effort to stop future atrocities. Support for the measure has been widespread–with a diverse coalition of over 100 ethnic–religious–civil and human rights organizations calling for its passage–including American Values–National Organization of Women–Sons of Italy–NAACP–Union of Orthodox Rabbis–and the National Council of La Raza.