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PAJU Statement on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Publication date : 2015-05-07

Montreal, May 5th, 2015

Our organization, Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) expresses its solidarity with the Armenian people and the people and organizations that commemorate the Armenian Genocide of 1915, the first genocide of the twentieth century.


From April 1915 to July 1916, two thirds of Armenians (one and a half million or more) who lived on the present territory of Turkey, were massacred by the government of the Ottoman Empire. The Armenians perished due to deportations, famine and large-scale massacres. It was planned and executed by the party in power at the time, the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP), better known as the "Young Turks." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide)

PAJU Statement on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Montreal, May 5th, 2015

Our organization, Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) expresses its solidarity with the Armenian people and the people and organizations that commemorate the Armenian Genocide of 1915, the first genocide of the twentieth century.


From April 1915 to July 1916, two thirds of Armenians (one and a half million or more) who lived on the present territory of Turkey, were massacred by the government of the Ottoman Empire. The Armenians perished due to deportations, famine and large-scale massacres. It was planned and executed by the party in power at the time, the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP), better known as the "Young Turks." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide)


Deportations and massacres were prepared, organized and implemented in each locality by the heads of districts and provinces. Each local leader was responsible for collecting the Armenians under his jurisdiction; then the Ottoman soldiers and police escorted the convoys to the desert in "death marches," participated in the assassinations and left the Armenians at the mercy of groups of armed bandits. 


Political recognition worldwide is still the subject of debate and controversy because of the denial of genocide, most notably in Turkey., The Armenian genocide is now recognized by the parliaments of twenty-four countries.


The solution consists in acing, in creating human rights organizations to educate and mobilize people against exploitation, oppression, fascism and war, to form a united front in the face of those contradictions between the imperialist blocs that are pushing states to adopt policies resulting in austerity measure, fascism and war. Imperialism and the notion of the supremacy of the State prevent the application of international law, which ends up trivializing genocide. In 2015, we find ourselves in a permanent state of war. When will there be justice for the violated peoples of the earth? When will there be justice for the Armenian people? When will there be justice for the Palestinian people?

Info: Bruce Katz

www.pajumontreal.org

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