Dec. 9 Declared ‘Day of Remembrance of Victims of All Genocides’ in Armenia

YEREVAN (A.W.)—The Government of Armenia has approved a motion declaring December 9 as a “Day of Remembrance of Victims of All Genocides.” According to Panorama.am, The motion was presented by Members of Parliament Artak Zakaryan, Zaruhi Postanjyan, Koryun Nahapetyan, Tevan Poghosyan, Shirak Torosyan, and Alexander Arzumanyan in 2014, according to Panorama.am.

Zaruhi Postanjyan (Photo: Photolur)
Zaruhi Postanjyan (Photo: Photolur)

“The aim of the initiative is to remedy historical injustices, protect human rights and struggle against Turkey’s genocide denial policy,” Heritage Party member Zaruhi Postanjyan told the Armenian Weekly, adding that the draft statement specifically condemned the Greek, Assyrian and Yezidi genocides in the Ottoman Empire.

During the Feb. 12 session, Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan noted that the government had no fundamental objections on the draft of the law and that it was in accordance to the constitution.

According to the reasoning submitted by the sponsoring Members of Parliament, the adoption of the draft law is “due to the need to set December 9 as the day of condemnation and remembrance of all genocides, based on the fact that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide on December 9, 1948.”

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is a national holiday in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic observed on April 24. It is held annually to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923.

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Rupen Janbazian

Rupen Janbazian is the former editor of The Armenian Weekly. His writings primarily focus on politics, human rights, community, literature, and Armenian culture. He has reported from Armenia, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh), Turkey, Canada, the United States, and Western Armenia. He has served on the local and national executives of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) of Canada and Hamazkayin Toronto, and served as the administrator of the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Toronto. Janbazian also taught Armenian History and Creative Writing at the ARS Armenian Private School of Toronto, and has worked on several translations.
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4 Comments

  1. Never, ever put another human being like you down because it’s disgraceful for our Creator.
    Any action against humanity is against God’s rules and regulations, second against human rights.

  2. the turks and armenians need to sort there differances out no america canada france etc switserland can do this .

    turks say no, it never happened the way armenians portray armenians say this happened and its indeniable .

    be prepared to debate argue investigate and prove it is as told , no amount of advertising, claiming, protesting will bring out the truth and this is what we all want.

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