Hoyer Statement on the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

For Immediate Release:

April 24, 2012

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Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today marking the anniversary of the Armenian genocide:

“Today, in Armenia and across the world, we remember the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian genocide.  On this date in 1915, that tragedy opened with the arrest and persecution of hundreds of Armenian political figures, business professionals, clergy, and journalists.  It is a painful reminder that the first acts suppressing freedom are seldom the last. Today, Armenian communities in this country continue to honor the memory of those who perished by marking this anniversary with solemnity and continuing to contribute to our national life as leaders in business, government, research, and the arts. 

“The scars borne from crimes against humanity never fully disappear, but through dialogue, remembrance, and an acceptance of history we can advance the process of healing and reconciliation and, along with it, prospects for a future based on lasting peace.  I join in mourning the loss of so many innocent men, women, and children.  Let us never forget them or this powerful lesson from history.”