YEREVAN, November 28. /ARKA/. The District of Columbia (Washington D.C.) recognized Armenian Genocide on Tuesday and called for its inclusion in the DC school curriculum. “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 (ANCA) reports in Twitter.
On October 29, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to recognize the Armenian Genocide. The resolution was passed by 405 votes for and 11 against it. This is the first time a chamber of Congress has officially designated the 1915 mass killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide.
The Armenian Genocide is the first genocide of the 20th century. According to Armenian and many other historians, up to 1.5 million Armenians have been killed starting in 1915 in a systematic campaign by the government of Turkey. Turkey has been denying it for decades.
The Armenian genocide has been recognized by dozens of countries. The first was Uruguay that did so in 1965. Other nations are Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, 43 U.S. states.
It has been recognized also by the Vatican, the European Parliament, the World Council of Churches and other international organizations.