What Is the Armenian Genocide?
The Armenian Genocide was the extermination of the Armenian Christian ethnicity during 1915-1923. Masterminded and perpetuated by the Ottoman Empire.
1.5 million Armenians were driven to their death in the burning sands of the Syrian Desert, now occupied by ISIS.
The Armenian Genocide was the first Genocide of the 20th Century and 24th April, 2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Genocide is the worst crime against humanity. Ours has been denied.
What is Britain's Stance on the Armenian Genocide?
Over 20 countries recognise the Armenian genocide.
Including France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. The European Parliament adopted a bill this week urging recognition.
Parliaments of Scotland, North Ireland and Wales have recognised it.
Great Britain has not.
Why Does Britain Not Recognise?
Geostrategic Importance of Turkey: Cold-War Era, NATO, Syrian Conflict
We have a strong relationship with Turkey, both as a trade and investment partner, and as a strategic ally in NATO. We strongly support the accession of Turkey to the EU, believing that a modern, democratic Turkey bound to Europe with strong institutional, cultural and economic ties is in our best interests and in the best interests of the wider region.
Do you believe that geostrategic importance should override crimes against humanity?
Why Should You Recognise?
Genocide recognition is an integral step towards the end of a worldwide cycle of genocide. Denial permits a repetition of similar crimes against humanity.
In 1939 Aldolf Hitler urged his generals to exterminate members of the Polish race and to participate in genocide, convincing them through the lost memory of the Armenians who died in 1915.
Who, after all, speaks today of the extermination of the Armenians?
August 22, 1939
In denying Genocide, Hilter’s Germany was permitted.
Repetitions of similar crimes against humanity are still seen in the world today.
Denial feeds repetition.
Recognition feeds prevention and justice.
We have an opportunity to do the right thing not just for the sake of Armenia and the Armenian people, but for the sake of humanity. Humanity really needs to recognise what happened in 1915. As long as it is denied, it can happen again.
MP Stephen Pound
House of Commons, March 23, 2015
This is a road to Recognition, Prevention and Justice for everyone.