Schiff, Trott Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize Armenian Genocide

Today, U.S.
Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Dave Trott (R-MI) introduced
legislation to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The
Resolution recognizes the genocide against the Armenian people from 1915-1923
by the Ottoman Empire, while drawing links to the modern scourge of genocide,
including attacks on religious minorities in Iraq and Syria by ISIS.

“Over 100 years
ago, the Ottoman Empire undertook a brutal campaign of murder, rape, and
displacement against the Armenian people that took the lives of 1.5 million men,
women, and children in the first genocide of the 20th century,” said Schiff. “Genocide
is not a historic relic – even today hundreds of thousands of religious
minorities face existential threat from ISIS in Syria and Iraq. It is therefore
all the more pressing that the Congress recognize the historical fact of the
Armenian Genocide and stand against modern day genocide and crimes against
humanity." 

“After over a hundred
years, it is long overdue that the United States government stand in solidarity
with the Armenian people to officially recognize the genocide waged against
their families a century ago,” said Trott. “I am honored to be able to represent such a
vibrant Armenian population in Southeast Michigan and I will continue to fight
for them in Congress.”

Representatives Adam
Schiff and Dave Trott were also joined by the other leaders of the
Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, Representatives Valadao, Bilirakis,
Pallone, and Speier in underscoring their support for the recognition of the
Armenian genocide.  

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