We remember the Armenian genocide at hands of the Ottoman Empire

We Remember – Armenian communities across the globe mark the massacres of their people today, on April 24 — the day in 1915 when thousands of Armenian intellectuals suspected of harboring nationalist sentiment and being hostile to the Ottoman rule were rounded up.

On the eve of World War I, there were two million Armenians in the declining Ottoman Empire. By 1922, there were fewer than 400,000. The others — some 1.5 million, mostly Christians — were systematically murdered by Turkish forces from 1915 to 1923.

Last December, the US Senate passed the Armenian Genocide Bill recognizing mass atrocity at hands of the Ottoman Empire as genocide, a move strongly opposed by Turkey, which for decades had deployed an army of lobbyists to stop the measure. 

The resolution resolves that it is the policy of the US to commemorate the Armenian Genocide through official recognition and remembrance, reject efforts to associate the US with denial of the Armenian genocide and encourage education of the facts of the genocide.