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Resolution on the House of Representatives’ Legislation Recognizing the Armenian Genocide (H.R. 106)
Adopted November 7,
2007by the General Assembly of the National Council of the Churches of
Christ in the USA and Church World Service
The NCC General Assembly finds it unacceptable that the United States has yet to officially recognize the Genocide of 1915, which in fact decimated a majority of the Armenian population then living in Asia Minor. This year, after repeated efforts to bring legislation forward acknowledging this universally recognized historical fact, the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs passed legislation (H.R. 106) condemning this crime against humanity. Unfortunately, due to pressure from an Administration preoccupied with other diplomatic concerns, instead of embracing our country’s tradition of affirming human rights, House leadership decided not to bring this legislation forward for consideration by the full House of Representatives. As persons of faith, we express our concern that the truth was not upheld by our elected representatives.
Therefore, the NCC General Assembly strongly urges the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to bring forth this legislation before the end of this Congress. We do so recalling the NCC’s long history of support for the Armenian community in its efforts to have the historical record rectified, and of its equally long history condemning genocide whenever and wherever it is perpetrated.
“Pillars of Peace for the 21st Century,” 1999.
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