UN General Assembly sets December 9 as Genocide commemoration day

UN General Assembly sets December 9 as Genocide commemoration day

PanARMENIAN.Net - UN General Assembly passed a resolution Friday, September 11, establishing December 9 as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, globalr2p.org reports.

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect commends the Republic of Armenia for their leadership on this issue as well as the more than 80 member states who co-sponsored the resolution. On December 9 the Global Centre will join the international community in commemorating and honoring the victims of this most horrific crime.

During 2014 and 2015 the international community commemorated significant anniversaries of the most atrocious crimes of the last century including, the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, 40th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge’s atrocities in Cambodia and the 20th anniversaries of the genocide in Rwanda and at Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In the aftermath of these tragedies the UN and its member states have undertaken initiatives to respond to past failures, including the 2005 adoption of the principle of the Responsibility to Protect.

This annual day of commemoration will serve as an opportunity for member states to annually address some of the core aims of the Responsibility to Protect – including preventing the incitement and enabling of genocide and ensuring justice for all victims of genocide. As we prepare for the inaugural day of commemoration, we also call upon all member states to sign and ratify the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

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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