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Canadian parliament declares Apr 24 Armenian Genocide Memorial Day

Canadian parliament declares Apr 24 Armenian Genocide Memorial Day

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) welcomed the adoption of Motion M-587 by the Canadian parliament to declare April of each year as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month and to mark April 24 of each year as Armenian Genocide Memorial Day.

ANCC President Dr. Girair Basmadjian said, “This motion reaffirms Canada’s commitment to the important cause of genocide prevention and recognizes that the first step to prevention is to ensure that we remember and condemn past genocides.” Dr. Basmadjian further stated, “We are very grateful that this motion designates April 24 as Armenian Genocide Memorial Day, so that all Canadians can join with the Armenian community to work to prevent future genocides. This is especially important in light of the religiously and ethnically motivated violence against minorities currently taking place in Iraq and Syria.”

Motion M-587 recalls that three of the genocides officially recognized by Canada (the Holocaust, the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide and the Armenian Genocide) have memorial days in April, so it deems appropriate to designate April as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month. The ANCC notes that the designation of April 24 as Armenian Genocide Memorial Day by this motion is the first instance when a Canadian federal government body has formally recognized April 24 as Armenian Genocide Memorial Day.

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