The Human Rights Association of Turkey, Istanbul Branch, through its Committee Against Racism and Discrimination this week released the following statement in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
On the 24th of April 1915, the most brilliant representatives of Armenian culture, intellectuals, members of parliament, writers, poets, musicologists, lawyers, around 220 people were rounded up in one night in Istanbul and sent to the inlands of Anatolia from the Haydarpasha Station. Amongst them very few survived. The Istanbul arrests were the signal to the approaching extermination of Armenian existence in the Ottoman Empire in 1915-16.
The Istanbul branch of the Human Rights Association, Turkey, invites everyone who feels the shame of 1915 in their hearts as well as the press to the gathering at the entrance of Haydarpasha Station to commemorate the victims of the 24th April arrests and to say NEVER AGAIN.
We will be waiting for the participants at 13:30 hours on Sat., April 24 at Haydarpasha Train Station to honor the victims’ memory.
Human Rights Association, Istanbul Branch
Committee Against Racism and Discrimination