April 23, 2003
A Resolution of the City Council of the City of West Hollywood honoring the victims of the Genocide of Armenians and condemning the human rights violations committed by the Turkish Government.
WHEREAS, on April 24, 1915, the Turkish government began the systematic extermination of the Armenian people; and
WHEREAS, over 70 years has passed since one and a half million Armenians were massacred and the survivors were displaced from their homeland of over 3,000 years; and
WHEREAS, the current Turkish government refuses to acknowledge the atrocities committed during the genocide and continues to violate the civil rights of Armenians today; and
WHEREAS, the City of West Hollywood is committed to ensuring that justice and equality is attained for all people and that those who die due to human rights atrocities are never forgotten:
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of West Hollywood honors the victims of the Armenian Genocide by lowering the flags of public facilities in West Hollywood to half-mast and condemns the human rights violations committed by the Turkish government.
PASSED, APPOVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of West Hollywood at a regular meeting held this 21st day of April, 2003 by the following vote:
AYES: Counilmember: Guariello, Heilman, Land and Mayor Prang.
NOES: Councilmember: None.
ABSENT: Councilmember: None.
ABSTAIN: Coucilmember: Mayor Pro Tempore Duran.
Signed by Jeffrey Prang, Mayor
ATTEST: Vivian M. Love, Interim City Clerk