Take Action: US House Foreign Affairs Committee to Vote on Armenian Genocide Resolution, H. Res. 252 on Thursday, March 4

Take Action: Vote YES—Tell Congress to Recognize the Armenian Genocide

From the Armenian Assembly of America:

March 2, 2010


House Foreign Affairs Committee to Vote on Armenian Genocide Resolution, H. Res. 252 on Thursday, March 4

On Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 10 AM, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA), is poised to mark-up H. Res. 252, the Armenian Genocide Resolution, introduced by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), George Radanovich (R-CA), along with Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL). The House resolution has garnered strong bi-partisan support with 137 cosponsors.

You can watch the vote LIVE on the Armenian Assembly homepage on Thursday morning, March 4 at 10 AM.

In this week’s article in The Hill newspaper, the author sites extensive efforts of the Turkish lobby and Pro-Turkey legislators working to oppose the H. Res. 252. Just yesterday, letters in opposition to H. Res. 252, from multiple Turkish groups, were being circulated to Congress. Reinforced by the second delegation of Turkish officials to visit Washington, D.C. in as many weeks, efforts to squash the bill are heavily under way with the vote just 2 days away. The article also reflects the efforts of Armenian-Americans to reaffirm the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Assembly urges our members, friends and human rights activists to join our cause to defeat denial and help prevent future genocides.

Last month, the Assembly reported the launch of an online grassroots petition on the change.org website urging Congress to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Established by a Boston based coalition of Armenian and Jewish community leaders and activists the Petition, and supplemental Resource Page, has over 5,000 signatures to date. The Assembly calls on all of our members and activists to sign the Petition urging Congress to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Last Sunday, the CBS news show “60 Minutes” aired a powerful report about the Armenian Genocide and Turkey’s 95-year-long campaign of denial. Featuring New York Times bestselling author Peter Balakian, veteran newsman Bob Simon travelled to Der-el-Zor, now Syria, the largest graveyard remaining from the 1915 Genocide. Simon then goes on to confront former Turkish Ambassador Nabi Sensoy before reporting about this Thursday’s vote in Committee on the Armenian Genocide resolution.

One Response to Take Action: US House Foreign Affairs Committee to Vote on Armenian Genocide Resolution, H. Res. 252 on Thursday, March 4

  1. ramy shenouda and jennifer yousif says:

    H. Res. 252: Affirmation of the United States Record on the Armenian Genocide Resolution.
    U.S. House of Representatives
    Committee on Foreign Affairs
    2170 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    (202) 225-5021

    To the honorable representatives of congress, members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and especially to those representatives who voted No (con) to the H. Res. 252:

    H. Res. 252: Affirmation of the United States Record on the Armenian Genocide Resolution.

    I urge you to consider passing the above resolution. We in the United States are at a critical points and a fork in the road. Will we show the Christians minorities’ world-wide (especially those who are in the Muslim Worlds) that their struggles, resistance, and voices matter or will we pretend that our affairs and benefits that may or may not come from Turkey are worth this significant loss?

    You can go about your decision in many ways, but before you do consider the following:-

    -the lost lives of millions who went without recognition and remain to be so by the world and Turkey

    – Think of the Strong Message you will send countries that persecutes minorities and abuse human rights as well consider the struggle of many Christians today-
    Christians in Iraq-recent protest-mass killing and arrest 2010
    Coptic Christians in Egypt-recent protest and mass killing and arrest 2010
    Darfur Christians in Sudan-Genocide
    Armenian currently and in the past in both Turkey and Bosnia, and Albania
    Christians in Iran-completely invisible group who endure mass killing and arrests “Christians in Iran, particularly Evangelical and other Protestants, as well as converts, are subject to harassment, kidnappings, arrests, close surveillance, and imprisonment. The Iranian government has taken steps in recent years toward passing a revised penal code that, in clear violation of Iran’s international legal obligations, would codify serious punishments, including the death penalty, on converts from Islam” (Reported by the USCIRF 02/2010)
    Christians in Afghanistan – completely invisible group who endured mass killing and arrests
    Christians in Nigeria- completely invisible group who endured mass killing and arrests
    Christians in Sir Lanka and Bangladesh – completely invisible group who endured mass killing and arrests
    – Reflect on the benefits and cost- consider Turk’s options. What can they really do and will they actually do it? They have and continue to take advantage of the United Sates as much as we benefits from them. Thus even-though Turkey might seem agitated they will not back away from the USA offers and aids. We offer financial benefits to them, so it is in their best interest to please us likewise. However, what is important that this message will send to many radicals in the Muslim world is that we, in the United States, will no longer stand idle as they destroy, terrorize and persecute Christians and Jews minorities or any other groups with different faith.

    – And, finally Consider the millions of dollars you already spent in research and findings (US Congress Commission on international Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and for what if you will not act upon the report recommendations and advise -see full report in link below: http://www.uscirf.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2974&Itemid=1

    America is the beacon of light so consider the US historical principle as Advocate of Truth and Righteousness in the World & Voice of Reason

    Please keep in mind that you have to be fair to both Muslims and Christians alike without any differentiation and advantages to one group over the other. Let me remind the committee with the 1992 Bosnia situation and where the United States supported the Albanians muslims granting them a separate state. In April 1992, the U.S. and European Community chose to recognize the independence of Bosnia, a mostly Muslim country where the Serb minority made up 32 percent of the population.

    In the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, conflict between the three main ethnic groups, the Serbs, Croats, and Muslims, resulted in genocide committed by the Serbs against the Muslims in Bosnia. Bosnia is one of several small countries that emerged from the break-up of Yugoslavia, a multicultural country created after World War I by the victorious Western Allies. Yugoslavia was composed of ethnic and religious groups that had been historical rivals, even bitter enemies, including the Serbs (Orthodox Christians), Croats (Catholics) and ethnic Albanians (Muslims).

    United States always supported what is right regardless of the religion and its immediate interest (at least what it seems as an interest from Turkey). Turks will not be able to retaliate against the United States but it will send a strong message to the Muslim World that we in the US had had enough with the double standard and terrorism from the radical groups. In the United States, Muslims requests many preferential treatments due to religion and seek our liberty and freedom but refuse to give it to the minorities in their own countries. Consider these many examples above and finally think of this strong main point:

    Please support our Christian brethren around the world it is time we do it right. Muslims will not stop killing Christians and USA is the only strong voice that can create change. You might want to ignore that we are a Christian Nation, but the Lord is watching our actions. I also urge the following representatives to change your votes and pass this House Res. Bill 252

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