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April 28, 2017
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Editor’s Note: On April 3, 2017, the Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) launched “Turkey: Thirty Days of Shame“, a campaign aimed at informing and educating Canadians about Turkey’s flagrant and consistent abuses of human rights, disregard to the principles of democracy and its continuous denial of the Armenian Genocide. Every weekday during the entire month of April, the ANCC will post one article, video, or human rights report highlighting Turkey’s continuing disrespect for human rights and its ruling regime’s efforts to gloss over its gross violations with slick propaganda, political bullying, and misinformation.
Ottawa — The last week focused on Turkey’s continuous denial of the Armenian Genocide and the gag-rule it imposes on any state who speaks about this historic reality. To this day, Turkey uses its political influence all over the world to obstruct progress toward a truthful and just international resolution of this crime. Within its own boundaries, the Turkish government teaches a perverted version of history in schools and in public, blaming the Armenians and justifying the policies and the acts of the Young Turk government.
It is still illegal in Turkey to publicly characterize the mass murder of Armenians as genocide. Turkish scholars who have dared to tell the truth have been prosecuted and imprisoned or forced into exile. The regime’s statements that feign repentance are fundamentally insincere. Behind the scenes and often employing methods of political coercion and threat, the government spends billions of dollars in lobbying efforts to deter the use of the word “genocide” within the international community. Despite Turkey’s unceasing efforts of revising history, countless nations and international organizations have recognized the events of 1915 as nothing but a genocide.
Below is a summary of the articles posted during Week 4:
Day 1: ICTJ – The Armenian Genocide: 100 Years of Denial (And Why It’s In Turkey’s Interest to End It)
Day 2: The New York Times – A Century After Armenian Genocide, Turkey’s Denial Only Deepens
Day 3: Foreign Policy Journal – The Armenian Genocide in Modern Turkey’s Official Denialism: A Hundred Shades of Denial.
Day 4: Maclean’s Magazine – A Turkish scholar discusses the Armenian genocide
Day 5: Gatestone Institute – Covering Up Armenian Genocide
Details of the “Turkey: Thirty Days of Shame” Campaign:
When: One posting every day at 10:00am EST starting on Monday, April 3, 2017 until Friday, April 28, 2017.
Where: ANCC website “Turkey: Thirty Days of Shame” campaign page — http://anccanada.org/category/publications/campaign/shame/
ANCC Facebook page — www.facebook.com/ArmenianNationalCommitteeofCanada
ANCC Twitter page — www.twitter.com/ancc_cnac
The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Canadian-Armenian grassroots human rights organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Canadian-Armenian community on a broad range of issues and works to eliminate abuses of human rights throughout Canada and the world.