Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today released the following statement in honor of Genocide Remembrance Day and the 1.5 million Armenians who lost their lives at the hands of the Ottoman Empire nearly 100 years ago:
"During this time of remembrance, we pause in memory of one of the most horrible tragedies of the 20th century,the annihilation of 1.5 million Armenians through forced exile and murder by the Ottoman Empire," saidU.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "Although nearly 100 years have passed since the Armenian Genocide, time cannot erase the horror inflicted on the Armenian people. There is no statute of limitations for acts of genocide that compels us to move on -- in fact the reverse is true - the act of genocide compels us to retell the story so that the world is reminded of the capacity of man to harm his fellow man. We are obligated to review, reflect and attempt to understand the circumstances that led to this tragedy so that in the future we can act to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.
On April 24, 1915, millions of Armenians were deported from the Ottoman empire, and the date has become to be known as Genocide Remembrance Day. Over the course of eight years, the Ottoman Empire massacred and continued removing Armenians from their homeland, where they had existed for 2,500 years. In 1915, the Allied Powers issued the joint statement of England, France and Russia that explicitly charged, for the first time ever, another government of committing "a crime against humanity."