Rep. Stevens Applauds House Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

October 29, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Res. 296, a bipartisan resolution to recognize and memorialize the Armenian Genocide. The resolution states the historic facts of the Ottoman Empire’s genocidal campaign against the Armenian people, as well as the Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, and other religious and ethnic minorities, from 1915 to 1923, rejects efforts to enlist the United States in the denial of genocide, and encourages education about the Armenian Genocide so that history never repeats itself. Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) was a cosponsor of H.Res. 296.

“I am pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives took this important step to recognize the facts of the Armenian genocide,” said Congresswoman Stevens. “We have an obligation to speak clearly and directly about the heinous crimes committed against the Armenian people from 1915 to 1923. We must not be complicit in the denial of history, and historical records are clear that 1.5 million Armenians perished during the genocide while millions more were displaced. We can never mend the unimaginable pain and suffering that the Armenian people experienced more than a century ago, but we can take a clear stand for truth and moral clarity and that is what we did by passing this resolution.”

“As a descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors, I am heartened that after more than 100 years, Congress has formally recognized the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, and other Christian minorities by the Ottoman Empire,” said State Representative Mari Manoogian. “Today’s action to end the denial of the truth has brought dignity and solace to generations of descendants of Armenian Genocide survivors. This should not be the end of this critical conversation, but rather the beginning of a renewed effort to enshrine recognition into U.S. law and to ensure future generations learn about the Armenian Genocide, as we do here in Michigan.”

Among the organizations that have endorsed this legislation are the Armenian National Committee, the Armenian Assembly of America, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American Jewish Committee, In Defense of Christians, A Demand for Action, Hellenic American Leadership Council, American Hellenic Institute, and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association.