April 30, 2014
2014 -- H 8108
STATE OF RHODE ISLANDIN GENERAL ASSEMBLY JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2014 HOUSE RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING APRIL 24, 2014, AS "ARMENIAN GENOCIDE REMEMBRANCE DAY" TO COMMEMORATE THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OF 1915 TO 1923 AND IN HONOR OF ARMENIAN-AMERICANS
Introduced By: Representatives Kazarian, Corvese, Mattiello, Casey, and Palangio Date Introduced: April 30, 2014 Referred To: House read and passedWHEREAS, One and a half million men, women, and children of Armenian descent were victims of the genocide perpetrated by the Turkish Ottoman Empire in 1915 and thereafter; and WHEREAS, The United States Ambassador to the Turkish Ottoman Empire, Henry Morgenthau, Sr., stated, "Whatever crimes the most perverted instincts of the human mind can devise, and whatever refinements of persecutions and injustice the most debased imagination can conceive, became the daily misfortunes of these devoted people."; and WHEREAS, The killing of the Armenian people was accomplished by the systematic destruction of churches, schools, libraries, treasures of art, and cultural monuments in an attempt to eliminate all traces of a noble civilization with a history of more than three thousand years; and WHEREAS, Contemporary newspapers, such as the New York Times, carried headlines including "Tales of Armenian Horrors Confirmed" and "Million Armenians Killed or in Exile"; and WHEREAS, Around the globe the Armenian genocide has been acknowledged by countries and international bodies such as Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela, and the United Nations; and WHEREAS, Each year Armenians throughout the world honor those who perished from 1915 to 1923, but truly all the world's people should commemorate the Armenian genocide because it stands as an ugly testament to man's inhumanity to man; and WHEREAS, We must all do our best to raise awareness about the Armenian genocide, not only because it is an undeniable chapter of world history, but also because learning more about this unconscionable tragedy will better help us understand the necessity of eliminating hatred from our own communities; and WHEREAS, Residents of Rhode Island are highly sensitive to the need for consistently remembering and openly condemning the crimes committed against any culture or people in order to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans living in Rhode Island have greatly enriched our state through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government, and the arts; now, therefore be it RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby recognizes April 24, 2014, as "Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day" in the State of Rhode Island; and be it further RESOLVED, That this House respectfully urges the Congress of the United States to likewise commemorate the Armenian genocide and acknowledge that genocide is relevant to and affects all nations; and be it further RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States, the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation, the Honorable Lincoln D. Chafee, Governor of the State of Rhode Island, the Armenian Assembly of America in Washington, and the Armenian National Committee in Washington.