Declarations of Recognition
following are resolutions and statements by foreign governments and international
organizations that recognize the Armenian Genocide and condemn Turkey for
committing this crime.
- The World Council of Churches on its 6th assembly in Vancouver
- Canada, adopts a motion in favor to the recognition by the U.N., of the
1984 - The President of France, F. Mitteran, during a speech
refers to the Armenian Genocide. It is the first time that a state president
recognizes the fact of the Armenian Genocide.
1984 - The Permanent Peoples' Tribunal finds Turkey guilty of
committing the crime of genocide and calls upon the United Nations and
its member states to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
1984 - The United States House of Representatives, approves
House Joint Resolution 247, calling on the President of the United States
to proclaim April 24,1985 as a "National Day of Remembrance of Man's Inhumanity
to Man", with a specific reference to the observance of this day as a memorial
to the 1.500.000 Armenians who were victims of the genocide perpetrated
in Turkey between 1915 and 1923.
- The Congress of Uruguay adopts a resolution about the Armenian
- The Congress of Argentina adopts a resolution about the Armenian
- The U.N. sub-commission on Prevention of Discrimination and
Protection of Minorities, adopts a report on genocide, which declares that
the extermination of the Armenians in 1915 is an example of genocide. It
is the first time that the recognition of the Armenian Genocide is stated
in an official U.N. document.
1987 - The European Parliament adopts a resolution for a political
solution to the Armenian Question. Within the resolution the E.P. recognizes
the Armenian Genocide.
- The Parliament of Cyprus condemns the Armenian Genocide and
declares the 24th of April as a national memorial day for the Armenian
1994 - The Russian Parliament unanimously passes a resolution
recognizing the Armenian Genocide as being the "first instance of genocide
in this century".
Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Bilin announces to the Israeli knesset,
his government's position that the extermination of the Armenians was "certainly
massacre and genocide, something that the world must remember".
1995 - The Russian State Duma recognizes the Armenian Genocide
and unanimously votes a relevant resolution.
1995 - The Parliament of Bulgaria officially recognizes the
1996 - The Parliament of Canada, declares the week from 20 to
27 April of every year as a week of remembrance of the inhumanity of people
toward one other, with reference to the Armenian Genocide that started
on April 24, 1915.
1996 - The Parliament of Greece recognizes the Armenian Genocide.
5 June 1996
- The United States House of Representatives, adopts a resolution
where the economical aid for 1997 to Turkey is reduced from 25 million
3 million US dollars, until the latter recognizes the Armenian Genocide.
- The Lebanese Parliament unanimously approved a resolution,
calling for the commemoration of the 82nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government at the beginning of the century.
The resolution is the first step toward a complete recognition of the Armenian
Genocide by the Lebanese government, and the subsequent condemnation of
relentless Turkish denial tactics.
1997 - The New South Wales Parliament passes unanimously a Motion
commemorating and condemning the 1915 Genocide of the Armenians by the
Ottoman Turkish Government. The following is the full text of the motion:
Whereas 24 April 1997 marks
the occasion of the 82nd anniversary of the commemoration of the Genocide
of the Armenians by the then Ottoman Turkish Government between 1915-1922;
2l April 1997
- The California State Assembly passes a legislation (ACR-51)
designating April 24, 1997 as "California Day of Remembrance for the Armenian
Genocide of 1915 to 1923." The text of the Resolution follows:
1. Join the members of the New South
Wales Armenian Community in honoring the memory of the 1.5 million men,
women and children who fell victim of the first genocide of the 20th century;
2. Condemn the Genocide of the Armenians
and all other acts of genocide committed during our century as the ultimate
act of racial, religious and cultural intolerance;
3. Recognize the importance of remembering
and learning from such dark chapters in human history to ensure that such
crimes against humanity are not allowed to repeated;
4. Condemn and prevent all attempts
to use the passage of time to deny or distort the historical truth of the
Genocide of the Armenians and other acts of genocide committed during this
5. Designate 24 April in every year
hereafter throughout New South Wales as a day of remembrance of the 1.5
million Armenians who fell victim to the first genocide of this century;
6. Call on the Commonwealth Government
officially to condemn the Genocide of the Armenians and any attempts to
deny such crimes against humanity.
Assembly Concurrent Resolution
- The Kurdish Parliament in Exile, passed a resolution recognizing
and marking the Armenian Genocide. Below is the entire text of that resolution,
which is being reprinted in its entirety and without any editorial posturing.
Whereas, The Armenian Genocide of
1915-1923 was the first genocide of the 20th Century, in which 1.5 million
men, women, and children lost their lives of the hands of the Turkish Ottoman
Whereas, During the seven decades
of the USSR’s existence, the government of Soviet Azerbaijan conducted
a systematic policy of removal of Karabakh Armenians from their historic
Whereas, Armenians in Azerbaijan
fell victim to the Sumgait Pogroms in 1988 resulting in 72 deaths, the
Baku anti-Armenian riots in 1990 resulting in 68 Armenian deaths, and the
mass deportations of 350,000 Armenians from Azerbaijan, and
Whereas, Recognition of these instances
of man’s inhumanity to man is crucial to ensuring against the repetition
of genocide and provides the American public with a greater understanding
of its heritage; and
Whereas, Armenians in the Republic
of Nagorno-Karabakh remain at risk of yet another genocide until the time
a peaceful resolution to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is reached the guarantees
the freedom and security for these people while supporting their right
to self-determination; and
Whereas, Despite the abundance of
overwhelming and convincing evidence, the government of Turkey persists
in denying the occurrence of the Armenian Genocide; and United States,
and Armenians living in California have enriched our state through their
leadership in business, agriculture, academic, government and the Arts;
now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State
of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature of the
State of California hereby designates April 24, 1997, as “California Day
of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923, and for the victims
of the Sumgait Pogroms of 1988 and Baku Riots of 1990”; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of
the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the governor and to
the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee.
In Kurdistan, together with
the Kurdish people, live Assyrian-Syrians as well as Armenians.
13 June 1997
- The Association of Genocide Scholars during its second international
conference, unanimously adoptsa resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide
and condemning its denial by the Turkish Government and its official and
unofficial agents and supporters.
Invasion, occupation and division
of Kurdistan, has not only affected the Kurds but also the Assyrian-Syrians
as well as the Armenian peoples. Imposed colonialist policies have set
these people against the Kurdish people and against each other, have created
clashes and forced deportations and exiles. In our country, by setting
the peoples against each other, the bloodiest imposed period of colonialist
policies is 1915 and the few years following that.
On April 24, 1915, the decision of
mass genocide and annihilation of the Assyrian-Syrian and the Armenian
peoples was taken by the Ottoman Empire.
The blueprints of and the logistics
for this genocide being prepared ahead of time, they employed Hamidiye
Alaylari from Kurdish tribes (Similar to the present day Village Guards
system who kill our people) to commit history’s, until then unknown, Genocide.
In this Genocide, millions of Armenians and Assyrian-Syrians were killed,
and millions others were deported from their homes and land and scattered
to the four corners of the world.
The Turkish State which practices
policies of setting peoples and people of diverse opinions against each
other, still pursues the same repulsive policies at the end of the 20th
century. Similar to setting-up Alevis and Sunnis against each other, they
set-up the Kurdish people against each other through their creation, the
Village Guards, which consist of Kurdish Jahshs. Separately, through their
diverse assaults to annihilate the Kurdish people, they are registering
new pages in the annals of genocides.
The Turkish State regime, from history
to our days, has worked against the peoples, as if a guilty party, and
with her committed genocides has changed the demographics of Anatolia causing
the demise of many cultures-civilizations. The same policies are being
applied in Kurdistan today. I call upon the world public opinion to become
aware of this Turkish State policies and vehemently oppose it.
Today is the 82nd anniversary of
the genocide committed against the Assyrian-Syrian and Armenian peoples.
Sharing the agony caused by this process, I find the Ottoman State and
their collaborators the Hamidiye Alaylari, formed by some Kurdish tribes,
responsible for this crime before history and I condemn them with abhorrence.
Zubeyir Aydar Chairman of the Executive Committee
1997 - The Municipal Council of Milano, Italy adopts a resolution
through which it condemns the Armenian Genocide and asks from the Italian
Government to recognize the Armenian Genocide as many other countries and
organizations have done.
1998 - The Belgian Senate passes a resolution calling on the
Turkish government to "recognise the reality of the Genocide perpetrated
in 1915 by the last government of the Ottoman Empire".
2000 - The parliament of Sweden passed a resolution recognizing
the Armenian Genocide. The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Swedish
Parliament states in its committee report, which the Parliament accepted
as its own:
"An official statement and
recognition ot the Genocide of the Armenians is important and necessary.
In 1985, the UN and the European Parliament established the fact that the
Ottoman Empire had committed genocide against the Armenian People in the
beginning of the 20th century. The Committe on Foreign Affairs is of the
opinion that the greater openness that Turkey presents, the stronger Turkey's
democratic identity will be. It is therefore important that unbiassed,
independent and international research on the genocide that affected the
Armenian people will be accomplished.