Time in Yerevan: 11:07,   29 May 2024

As first genocide perpetrated against Armenians went unpunished, the same inhuman acts are repeating: Senator Portantino

As first genocide perpetrated against Armenians went unpunished, the same inhuman acts 
are repeating: Senator Portantino

YEREVAN, APRIL 23, ARMENPRESS.   Because the first genocide perpetrated against ethnic Armenians went unpunished a century ago, essentially the same violent people are repeating their illegal and inhuman acts today, Senator Anthony J. Portantino said during the Armenian Genocide commemoration ceremony in the Senate.

“I am honored to have joined my colleagues to commemorate the 109th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on the Senate Floor and to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that California continues to recognize the first Genocide of the 20th century.

Genocide recognition is more important than ever, as Armenians of Artsakh have experienced unimaginable terror – including war, illegal blockade, and ethnic cleansing. And for the first time in thousands of years, Artsakh is left without its indigenous ethnic Armenian people.

One can argue strongly that because the first genocide perpetrated against ethnic Armenians went unpunished a century ago, essentially the same violent people are repeating their illegal and inhuman acts today.

Turkey and Azerbaijan continue their aggression against Armenians and Armenia with attacks on the border and repeated and regular genocidal rhetoric. There is no question that the US government should expand assistance to Artsakh’s forcibly displaced Armenians and it must do more to hold accountable those who enact such violence on a peaceful people.

We have a moral obligation to not only condemn all genocides and violations of human rights, but to also continue to demand justice – because there will not be peace without justice. California is home to the largest Armenian American population in the US, where many of our friends and neighbors have made significant contributions to the 25th Senate District and this great state. I am honored to represent this vibrant community and stand in solidarity with all those who make our community a better place and who continue to advocate for justice,” Senator Anthony J. Portantino said.








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