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LA Community Colleges District Board passes resolution on Genocide

LA Community Colleges District Board passes resolution on Genocide

PanARMENIAN.Net - During a special meeting earlier this week, the Los Angeles Community Colleges District Board of Trustees adopted a resolution designating the month of April 2015 as “Los Angeles Community College District Month of Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915” reported the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region.

The very strongly worded resolution also incorporates Armenian Genocide education and awareness as part of the district’s teachings and campus activities, and calls on the United States President to work toward equitable, constructive, stable, and durable Armenian-Turkish relations based upon the Republic of Turkey’s full acknowledgment, with reparations, of the facts and ongoing consequences of the Armenian Genocide, and a fair, just, and comprehensive international resolution of this crime against humanity.

“This is very personal to me because about 16 years ago I had the opportunity to work on a bill that hangs in my office, to recognize and authorize the education of teachers so that they could be trained to teach about the Holocaust and Genocide education. It is probably one of the proudest pieces of accomplishments in my public life. And today, there is no prouder moment as a Jewish American to stand with my brothers and sister in the Armenian community to recognize their tragedy, recognize this genocide,” stated Board President Scott Svonkin prior to roll call.

“On the eve of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, adoption of this resolution by the Board of Trustees will go a long way toward ensuring that the LACC community—faculty and staff—become aware of the first modern genocide. Study of 20th century world history would be incomplete without familiarity with the Armenian Genocide, its impact on global events, and subsequent genocides then, and also the manner in which it has shaped and affected the Armenian American community of California,” said Elen Asatryan, Executive Director of the ANCA Western Region.

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, Italy, 45 U.S. states, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Argentina, Belgium, Austria, Wales, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, the Vatican, Luxembourg, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Sweden, Venezuela, Slovakia, Syria, Vatican, as well as the European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

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