New Documents Affirming the Armenian Genocide Added
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Armenian
National Institute (ANI) is pleased to announce that its website (www.armenian-genocide.org) is
now fully accessible on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. The Institute
also announced the completion of another expansion of its heavily-used website,
including the addition of twenty new documents affirming the Armenian Genocide.
Many of the central features of the widely consulted website were also updated.
website features the most recent affirmation records, such as the text of the German
Parliament’s Armenian Genocide resolution adopted on June 2, 2016,
acknowledging the responsibility of the World War I-era German government. This
resolution prompted an international discussion with the participation of
honest and thoughtful Parliament Members of Turkish origin in the Bundestag who
were threatened by opponents in Turkey. Relevant statements from the recent
visit of Pope
Francis to Armenia are also available, as well as the reporting from
his trip in the Press
Coverage section of the ANI website.
list of countries that have historically recognized the Armenian
Genocide includes Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile,
Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Netherlands, Paraguay, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, the
United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, and Venezuela. The list of 26 countries
is supported by 57 official documents available under the section titled Resolutions,
Laws, and Declarations.
Under the category of States
and Provinces, the ANI website provides dozens of state-level
resolutions and declarations from nine countries, including Argentina,
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and
the United States. The U.S. category comprises records from 45 states
acknowledging the Armenian Genocide, while countries like Spain and the United
Kingdom are represented even as their central governments remain off the
The recently adopted legislation in
the state of Michigan and Rhode Island which mandates the teaching of the
Armenian Genocide is accessible on the ANI website. Michigan and Rhode Island
join New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, and California in promoting
the teaching of human rights courses inclusive of the Armenian Genocide in
middle and high schools. Relevant curricula and
many other instructional aides can be retrieved from the ANI website to
facilitate the teaching of these courses.
The ANI Memorials
database now contains information and images for over 200 sites dedicated to
the Armenian Genocide in 32 countries and is continuously updated.
The ANI website also
features four large exhibits
displaying hundreds of historic photographs. These exhibits include the
10-panel Witness to the
Armenian Genocide: Photographs by the Perpetrators’ German and Austro-Hungarian
Allies issued in 2013; the 20-panel exhibit The First Refuge and the Last Defense:
The Armenian Church, Etchmiadzin, and the Armenian Genocide
released in 2014; the 24-panel exhibit The
First Deportation: The German Railroad, The American Hospital, and the Armenian
Genocide released in January 2015; the 22-panel Iconic Images of the Armenian Genocide
in March 2015; and a one-page poster depicting survivors in April 2015.
Photographs from these exhibits are often cited, most recently in a CNN report on the
visit of Pope Francis to Armenia. The exhibits are also available through the
Armenian Genocide Museum of America (AGMA) and Armenian Assembly of America
Through the ANI website,
visitors can also see the online
museum launched by AGMA on April 24, 2015. The interactive site
includes the entire story of the Armenian Genocide through expandable
galleries, along with dynamic narratives featuring survivors and significant
imagery. Like the ANI website, the AGMA website is mobile-friendly and
available for use on tablets and smartphones.
The success of these new
products has continued to sustain ANI as the leading institution providing
information about the Armenian Genocide. ANI takes this opportunity to
recognize Mark Malkasian, its longtime webmaster who made the mobile-friendly
version of the ANI website a reality. ANI also recognizes 2016 interns
Robert Arzoumanian and Edward Barsoumian, as well as Mariam Khaloyan, 2016
Assembly Summer Intern Program Coordinator and 2015 ANI intern, who have been
helping to upgrade the website.
Founded in 1997, the
Armenian National Institute (ANI) is a 501©(3) educational charity based in
Washington, D.C., and is dedicated to the study, research, and affirmation of
the Armenian Genocide.
Armenian National Institute Director Dr. Rouben Adalian with Armenian Assembly of America Summer Internship Program participants Edward Barsoumian, Nadya Movsisyan, Robert Arzoumanian, and Eduard Hovsepyan.