February 20, 2002
State of Wisconsin
Senate Resolution 14 (LRB-4750/1)
February 20, 2002 -- Introduced by Senators Plache, Grobschmidt, Wirch, Welch, Burke, Darling, Roessler, Cowles and Lazich. Referred to Committee on Senate Organization.
Relating to: designating April 24 of each year as Wisconsin Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915 to 1923.
Whereas, a systematic destruction of thousands of Armenian communities, through massacres and death marches in which some 1,500,000 Armenians perished and hundreds of thousands more were uprooted from their homes and ancient homeland, was carried out from 1915 to 1923; and
Whereas, despite the overwhelming evidence borne out by a wealth of documentation, the Turkish government has never recognized nor accepted responsibility for the genocide of the Armenian people from 1915 to 1923; and
Whereas, by denying and trying to expunge the record of their genocide, the Turkish government deprives the Armenian people of their own history; and
Whereas, recognition of these instances of the Turkish inhumanity to the Armenian population is crucial to guarding against the recurrence of genocide and provides the Armenian people with a greater understanding of their heritage; and
Whereas, the discrimination against the hardship of the Armenian people persists today as fundamental freedoms are eroded through various governmental administrative orders; and
Whereas, the differences between the Turkish and Armenian people remain and even today lead to the loss of human lives and numerous violations of human rights; and
Whereas, the government of Turkey denies its Armenian community religious freedom, the right to control its own schools, the right to teach its children its own language, and the right to express its ethnic identity; now therefore, be it
Resolved by the senate, That the senate of the state of Wisconsin hereby designates April 24 of each year as "Wisconsin Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915 to 1923"; and, be it further
Resolved, That the senate chief clerk shall provide a copy of this resolution to the Governor, the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee, and the President of the United States.