BREAKING: U.S. Senate Unanimously Recognizes Armenian Genocide, Rejects Turkey’s Gag-Rule against American Remembrance of this Crime

ANCA-Backed Bipartisan Measure (S.Res.150) Completes Congressional Over-Ride of Ankara’s Long-standing Veto, Increasing Pressure on the White House

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate struck a historic blow today against Turkey’s century-long obstruction of justice for the Armenian Genocide, unanimously adopting S.Res.150, an Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA)-backed measure that locks in ongoing U.S. recognition of this crime.

The resolution, identical to a measure (H.Res.296) adopted 405 to 11 in the U.S. House in October, officially rejects Turkey’s denials of its genocide against Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, and other Christian nations. Passage of the resolution – spearheaded by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) – marks the first time that the Senate has recognized the Armenian Genocide.

“The Senate today joined the House in rejecting Ankara’s gag-rule against honest American remembrance of the Armenian Genocide – overriding the largest, longest foreign veto over the U.S. Congress in American history,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. Continue reading “BREAKING: U.S. Senate Unanimously Recognizes Armenian Genocide, Rejects Turkey’s Gag-Rule against American Remembrance of this Crime”

ANCA Chairman Praises Senators Menendez and Cruz for Increasing Pressure to Pass Armenian Genocide Resolution (S.Res.150)

Washington, DC – Armenian National Committee of America Chairman Raffi Hamparian thanked U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) for their leadership in seeking the unanimous consent of their Senate colleagues to immediately adopt S.Res.150 – the Armenian Genocide Resolution.

Hamparian’s complete statement is provided below:

“The ANCA stands proudly with Senators Menendez and Cruz as they intensify their pressure to end Ankara’s veto against U.S. Senate recognition and remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.
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ANCA Demands End to Azerbaijan’s Trade Benefits

In Statement to USTR, the ANCA Cites Baku’s Blockade of Armenia, Sanctuary for Safarov, and Visa Restrictions on Ethnic Armenians

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. should end preferential trade treatment for Azerbaijan, according to a formal Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) public statement submitted to the U.S. Trade Representative in anticipation of its January 17, 2020, public hearing to review Baku’s continued eligibility to export products to the United States under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) – a program that eliminates trade duties on thousands of products from 119 designated countries.

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Washington DC recognizes the Armenian Genocide

#ThankYouDC: The District of Columbia joins 49 U.S. States and, of course, the U.S. House of Representatives in recognizing the Armenian Genocide and calling for its inclusion in the DC school curriculum.

The Armenian National Committee of America – Eastern Region welcomes the City Council of the District of Columbia’s adoption of a special resolution affirming the Armenian Genocide via a unanimous vote of 13-0 on November 8, 2019. In addition to truthfully and forcefully recognizing the Genocide, the resolution calls for its inclusion in the DC public school curriculum. The District of Columbia joins 49 U.S. States and the United States House of Representatives in recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
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The Paternalism of ‘Preparing’ Armenians for Peace

BY ARAM HAMPARIAN
Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America

Armenians don’t need to be “prepared” for Artsakh peace.

The unbridled arrogance of those who say we do is stunning.

As if we were children, unaware of our own best interests.

And that those “preparing” us had our best interests at heart.

Spare us the paternalism.
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White House Told Lindsey Graham to Block Genocide Vote

Photo caption: A meeting between Presidents Erdogan and Trump at the White House attended by senators on Nov. 13 was reportedly tense (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who famously blocked the Senate passage of the Armenian Genocide resolution told the Axios news site that the White House forced him to go to the Senate floor, after meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and block the vote.

On November 13, immediately after Erdogan and President Donald Trump held a press conference at the White House, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez called for a unanimous consent vote for S.Res. 105—the Armenian Genocide resolution. Graham took to the Senate floor and cited his meeting with Erdogan on that day as the reason to not pass the Senate resolution saying that in view of the current crisis in Syria, as well as discussions with Turkey on its purchase of Russian weapons, the Senate should not move forward with the affirmation of the Armenian Genocide.
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ANCA: Bipartisan Pressure Mounts for Senate Vote on Armenian Genocide Resolution

Senator David Perdue Enforces Erdogan’s Veto, Objects to “Unanimous Consent” Request to Pass S.Res.150

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of an escalating bipartisan campaign to pass the Armenian Genocide Resolution, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) called for unanimous adoption of S.Res150, a move blocked today by a single Senator, David Purdue (R-GA), reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

“If Senator Purdue and a handful of his colleagues want to vote against S.Res.150, they should vote against S.Res.150, but not prevent the vast majority of their Senate colleagues from voting for this bipartisan resolution,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “We thank Senators Menendez and Cruz for their escalating pressure for a vote on the Armenian Genocide Resolution, and stand with them – and the growing bipartisan list of cosponsors – in doing all we can to over-ride Ankara’s veto in the U.S. Senate.”
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ANCA Supports Congressional Armenian Caucus Campaign to Restore U.S. Military Aid Parity to Armenia and Azerbaijan

Representatives Pallone, Speier, and Schiff Caution that Imbalance in Security Aid Undermines U.S. Influence in the Region

WASHINGTON, DC – For the second time in less than two months, Congressional Armenian Caucus leaders have called on the U.S. Departments of State and Defense to restore military aid parity to Armenia and Azerbaijan, or risk emboldening an already aggressive Azerbaijani government to escalate its attacks against Armenia and Artsakh, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

“We join with Reps. Pallone, Schiff, and Speier in challenging the Administration’s reckless military aid tilt toward Azerbaijan’s corrupt Aliyev regime,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “In light of Azerbaijan’s relentless aggression, we call on Congress to zero-out any and all security assistance to Baku, or – at the very least – match every dollar in military aid to Azerbaijan with another to Armenia.”

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Washington, DC Policy Careers, Internships Spotlighted During ANCA New England Campus Tour

ANCA’s Sipan Ohannesian Shares Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Success Stories; Winter, 2020 Application Deadline Extended to November 25th

WASHINGTON, DC — Just days after the landmark U.S. House adoption of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.296), Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Programs Director Sipan Ohannesian traveled to New England university campuses to offer insights about how the Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program (CGP) and Leo Sarkisian Internship (LSI) can help kick-start careers in public policy and expand the Armenian American professional presence in the nation’s capital.

The Gateway Program, now in its 16th year, has helped hundreds of recent university graduates start careers in policy, politics, and media in Washington, DC – offering housing, enrichment seminars focusing on resume preparation and networking, and personalized mentorship as part of its full-service career development program. To learn more about the program and to apply, visit: anca.org/gateway by November 25th.

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Senate and House Leaders Slam Turkey’s Abuses At Home, Aggression Abroad on Eve of Erdogan-Trump White House Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC – On the eve of a meeting between President Trump and Turkey’s President Erdogan, key Senate and House leaders slammed the White House for welcoming the authoritarian leader, citing Turkey’s repressive policies at home and recent invasion of northern Syria among the long list of Erdogan’s rights abuses, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

A consistent theme in Congressional remarks was the Erdogan-ordered beating of peaceful protesters in Washington, DC during his visit in May 2017, with leaders rallying to defend the First Amendment rights of demonstrators who planned to protest at the White House.

“There’s a right that has to be protected — that’s the right of Americans to speak freely here in America and not ever feel as though they should be quiet or silenced because of threats and intimidation from a foreign government,” ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian told Washington, DC-National Public Radio affiliate WAMU reporter Daniella Cheslow earlier today. “The law enforcement authorities are on notice and the world is watching.”

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