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Rep. Chu Statement on the 104th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

April 24, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement on the 104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenians were systematically targeted and killed by the Ottoman Empire:

"The Armenian Genocide is a matter of historical record. We know it was a genocide because we know it began by targeting Armenian intellectual and cultural leaders – making Armenian identity itself a target. And we know it was a genocide because of the records of our own ambassador, Henry Morgenthau, who reported on the forced marches, the starvation, the massacres, the torture, and other atrocities committed by the Ottomans against the Armenians. And we know because of the stories of the survivors, so many of whom made their new homes right here in Southern California.

"And yet, 104 years later, our government continues to be bullied by Turkey, standing on the wrong side of history and refusing to recognize this as a genocide. I was disappointed that President Trump, in his statement today, missed another opportunity to fully acknowledge what happened over 100 years ago. That is an insult to the 1.5 million victims, to the survivors, and to their children and grandchildren. We should not be making excuses for murderers and hiding atrocities. Recognizing this genocide, and teaching the next generation, is not only the right way to honor those who were killed, but it is how we can work to prevent other genocides in the future. That is why I am proud to stand with my colleagues Rep. Adam Schiff and Gus Bilirakis as a cosponsor of the Congressional resolution to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide."