Rep. Schiff Statement on German Legislature Recognizing the Armenian Genocide


Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead sponsor of the Armenian Genocide Truth
and Justice Resolution in Congress, released the following statement:

commend the overwhelming vote by the German Bundestag to recognize the Armenian
Genocide. With this acknowledgement of the facts of the genocide, Germany joins
a host of other European countries in recognizing and condemning the slaughter
of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923. The German
vote is particularly courageous as it comes in the midst of negotiations with
Turkey regarding the flow of refugees and migrants into Europe. It sends a
clear message that the truth of genocide cannot be silenced and that temporary
expediency can never justify complicity in genocide denial.

own Congress should demonstrate the same willingness to defy Turkish threats,
and the same moral integrity and commitment to principle by following Germany’s

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