The U.S. House Recognizes the Genocide of 1915

The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to formally recognize the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocide and denounce it as a matter of American foreign policy, a symbolic vindication for the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek diaspora made possible by a new torrent of bipartisan furor at Turkey.

The passage of the legislation, by a 405-to-11 vote. The resolution, which is not legally binding, marked the first time in 35 years that either chamber of Congress considered as genocide the mass killings of Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, which is now modern-day Turkey, between 1915 and 1923. Unfortunately, the resolution has grouped the Assyrians, who belong to one and the same nation, with their different church affiliations, such as Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, and other Christians. However, this was still a great step towards recognition of the atrocities committed against the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek peoples.h

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