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Lebanon to issue stamp in memory of Armenian Genocide victims

Lebanon to issue stamp in memory of Armenian Genocide victims

PanARMENIAN.Net - Lebanese Caretaker Minister of Telecommunications Nicolas Sehnaoui announced Tuesday, Jan 28, the commission of a stamp to honor the memory of the 1915 Armenian Genocide victims, The Daily Star reports.

Lebanon has a large and vocal Armenian community with around 200,000 Lebanese of Armenian origin in the country, a result of forced displacement after the partition of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the World War I.

Last April saw over 10,000 Armenians rallying in Downtown Beirut on the 98th anniversary of the Genocide.

The stamp depicts a drawing of a statue honoring Armenian martyrs found in Bikfaya, a small town and one of Lebanon’s most popular resorts.

The stamp will be in circulation in a month's time.

Photo: The Daily Star
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The Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide (1915-23) was the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was characterized by massacres, and deportations involving forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees, with the total number of deaths reaching 1.5 million.

The majority of Armenian Diaspora communities were formed by the Genocide survivors.

Present-day Turkey denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide, justifying the atrocities as “deportation to secure Armenians”. Only a few Turkish intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and scholar Taner Akcam, speak openly about the necessity to recognize this crime against humanity.

The Armenian Genocide was recognized by Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, the Italian Chamber of Deputies, majority of U.S. states, parliaments of Greece, Cyprus, Argentina, Belgium and Wales, National Council of Switzerland, Chamber of Commons of Canada, Polish Sejm, Vatican, European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

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