City of Fresno


April 24, 1990

CITY OF FRESNO

PROCLAMATION

BY THE OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

WHEREAS, the right of all people to live and work and raise their children in peace and freedom is a basic human right; and

WHEREAS, in this century tyrants and governments have committed the worst crimes of violence and the worst violations of basic human rights; and

WHEREAS, April 24, 1915, marks the beginning of one of the most terrible of those events...the Armenian genocide, a period of systematic terror, brutality and horror at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish Empire which claimed the lives of 1.5 millions Armenians and touched every Armenian family; and

WHEREAS, the Armenian genocide was well-documented by the news media at the time and in subsequent historical writing, but, notwithstanding such documentation, the modern-day Turkish government continues to deny its reality; and

WHEREAS, April 24, 1990, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Karen Humphrey, Mayor of the City of Fresno, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, April 24, 1990, as:

"ARMENIAN MARTYS DAY"

in the City of Fresno, an call upon all citizens of Fresno to support people around the world who are struggling to achieve peace and freedom and to remember all victims of genocide and especially the Armenian genocide of 1915.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have
hereunto se my hand and
affixed the Seal of the City of
Fresno, this 24th day of April, 1990.

Signed

Karen Humphrey