Co-Chairman Call For Recognition of Armenian Genocide
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the events that, over a period of eight years from 1915 to 1923, resulted in the deaths of over one and a half million Armenians, and the forced exile of hundreds of thousands more. As Pope Francis recently stated, those who continue to fail to recognize what happened to the Armenian people during the final days of the Ottoman Empire as genocide – the coordinated use of violence to destroy a population -- participate in and strengthen acts of denial. Not many survivors of those days are still with us, but in their honor, we stand with all who call for the formal recognition of those events as constituting the first genocide of the 20th Century. May it never happen again.