Lofgren Statement Commemorating the Armenian Genocide
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) issued the following statement marking 105 years since the Armenian Genocide:
"Every April 24, Armenians in America and around the world commemorate the Ottoman Empire’s attempt to systematically wipe out the Armenian people in a genocide that culminated in 1915. This year marks 105 years since 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children perished as a result of these horrific events.
"The persecution and murder of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire was a crime against humanity. This year not only marks 105 years of remembering the lives lost, but also calling for the Turkish government to end its denial of the Armenian Genocide.
"I was proud to vote for the resolution affirming Congressional recognition of the Armenian Genocide, last year. Congress is now on the right of side of history on this issue. And, it is long overdue that the last act of genocide, denial, come to an end by Turkey, as well."