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Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 24, 2020, as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day in the State of New York

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Senate Resolution No. 2305

BY: Senator CARLUCCI

MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
April 24, 2020, as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
in the State of New York

WHEREAS, This Resolution arises from a sense of human decency and
respect for the Armenian people and their history; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 24, 2020, as Armenian
Genocide Remembrance Day in the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, During the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923, one million five
hundred thousand men, women, and children of Armenian descent, and
hundreds of thousands of Assyrian and Greek descent, lost their lives at
the hands of the Ottoman Turkish Empire in its attempt to systematically
eliminate the Armenian race, while hundreds of thousands had become
homeless and stateless refugees; and

WHEREAS, April 24, 1915, is globally observed as the commencement of
the Armenian Genocide because the arrest on that day, and subsequent
execution, of several hundred Armenian leaders alerted the world about
the Ottoman Turks' genocidal plan; and

WHEREAS, Despite Armenians' historic presence, stewardship, and
autonomy in the region, Turkish rulers of the Ottoman Empire subjected
Armenians to severe and unjust persecution and brutality including
widespread and wholesale massacres beginning in the 1890s, most notably
the Hamidian Massacres from 1894 to 1896, and the Adana Massacre of
1909; and

WHEREAS, By 1923, these crimes against humanity not only resulted in
the killing of unprecedented numbers of innocent people, but also had
the consequence of permanently removing all traces of the Armenians and
other targeted peoples from their historic homelands of more than three
millennia, and enriching the perpetrators with the lands and other
property of the victims of these crimes, including the usurpation of
several thousand churches; and

WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and forcefully condemning the
atrocities committed against the Armenians, and honoring the survivors
as well as other victims of similar heinous conduct, we guard against
repetition of such acts of genocide and provide the American public with
a greater understanding of history; and

WHEREAS, This Resolution declares that this Legislative Body
deplores the persistent, ongoing efforts by any person, in this country
or abroad, to deny the historical fact of the Armenian Genocide; and

WHEREAS, The failure of the international community to hold
responsible nations accountable for crimes against humanity results in
travesty of justice, and sets a negative precedent; and

WHEREAS, The United States is on record as having officially
recognized the Armenian Genocide in the United States government's May
28, 1951, written statement to the International Court of Justice
regarding the Reservations to the Convention on the Prevention and
Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, through President Ronald Reagan's
April 22, 1981, Proclamation No. 4838, and by Congressional legislation
including House of Representatives Joint Resolution 148 adopted on April
8, 1975, and House of Representatives Joint Resolution 247 adopted on
September 10, 1984; and

WHEREAS, Even prior to the Convention on the Prevention and
Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the United States has a record of
having sought to justly and constructively address the consequences of
the Ottoman Empire's intentional destruction of the Armenian people,
including through Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 adopted on February 9,
1916, Senate Resolution 359 adopted on May 11, 1920, and President
Woodrow Wilson's November 22, 1920, decision entitled, "The Frontier
between Armenia and Turkey"; and

WHEREAS, On April 24, 2013, the President of the United States
stated, "A full, frank, and just acknowledgment of the facts is in all
of our interests. Nations grow stronger by acknowledging and reckoning
with painful elements of the past, thereby building a foundation for a
more just and tolerant future"; and

WHEREAS, President Obama entered office having stated his "firmly
held conviction that the Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a
personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented
fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence" and
affirmed his record of "calling for Turkey's acknowledgment of the
Armenian Genocide"; and

WHEREAS, In response to the Genocide and at the behest of then
President Woodrow Wilson and the U.S. State Department, the Near East
Relief organization was founded and was provided unprecedented complete
access to all U.S. government documents and files concerning the plight
of Christian minorities; and

WHEREAS, Near East Relief was the first Congressionally-sanctioned
American philanthropic effort created exclusively to rescue the Armenian
Nation and other Christian minorities from annihilation after U.S.
Ambassador to Constantinople Henry A. Morgenthau, Jr., pled for
assistance upon personally witnessing the systematic massacre of
Armenians; and

WHEREAS, Near East Relief's efforts resulted in delivering $117
million of assistance between 1915 and 1930, including the delivery of
food, clothing, and materials for shelter, setting up refugee camps,
clinics, hospitals, and orphanages; and

WHEREAS, The generous philanthropy of the American people directly
resulted in the salvation of the Armenian and Assyrian refugees nation
from being completely annihilated by the Genocide by saving more than
one million refugees, including more than 130,000 orphans through their
humanitarian assistance; and

WHEREAS, Near East Relief evolved into the Near East Foundation in
1930, and continues to provide humanitarian aid to people throughout the
Middle East and Africa; and

WHEREAS, New York is home to a vibrant Armenian-American community
who have enriched our State through their leadership and contribution in
business, agriculture, academia, government, and the arts; and

WHEREAS, The State of New York endeavors to encourage and promote a
curriculum relating to human rights and genocide in order to empower
future generations to prevent the recurrence of genocide; and

WHEREAS, April 24, 2020, will mark the 105th Anniversary since the
commencement of the Armenian Genocide; and

WHEREAS, Armenians in New York, and throughout the world, have not
been provided with justice for the crimes perpetrated against the
Armenian nation despite the fact that a century has passed since the
crimes were first committed; and

WHEREAS, Members of the Armenian community honor the memory of the
victims of this genocide and emphasize that crimes against humanity must
be condemned and never be allowed; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 24, 2020, as
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day in the State of New York; and be it
further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.

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  • 03 / Jan / 2020
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