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ICHRRF Issues Official Statement Recognizing the Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON, DC – On February 1, 2022, the International Commission for Human Rights and Religious Freedom (ICHRRF) released the following statement in support of the remembrance of the Armenian Genocide:

“As an organization founded on the principles of universal brotherhood, cooperation, mutual respect, compassion, and respect for basic human rights and religious freedom, the ICHRRF is fully committed to promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms as the critical values connecting Humanity. Hence the organization stands for upholding the dignity of victims of genocide and other atrocity crimes and pursuing justice for these acts.

“During the first World War, the Ottoman Turkish Islamic Caliphate systematically annihilated around 1.5 million Armenian Christian citizens. It is sometimes called the first genocide of the 20th century. The Armenian Genocide took place more than 100 years ago. However, the systematic killing of civilian men, women and children is not just in the past.

“ICHRRF applauds the US President Joe Biden’s decision to officially recognize the 1.5 million Armenians who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide during World War I. This is a much wanted initial bold step towards acknowledging the truth, history, and invaluable support for all the victims of hatred, religious atrocities, ethnic cleansing and systematic annihilation campaigns against vulnerable communities around the globe.

“Turkey, the successor state of the Ottoman Caliphate Empire still denies this crime against humanity. Thirty-one countries, so far, have recognized the Armenian genocide and urged Turkey to take responsibility for this heinous crime. However, many nations refuse to recognize the killings as genocide, fearing a fallout in the strategic alliance with Turkey. We urge Turkey, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and other countries that deny Armenian genocide to step up to the stark historical facts and stop indulging in shameful genocide denial for political convenience. It is imperative for all societies to openly acknowledge complicated national history to prevent group-targeted violence from happening anymore in 21st century.”

ICHRRF is a US-based non-profit organization focused on promoting human rights, religious and philosophical freedom and a polycentric worldview through continuous monitoring, education, policy research and collaboration.

Last month, the ICHRRF hosted FLArmenians.com Founder Taniel Koushakjian for an online presentation on “The Armenian Genocide and its Continued Denial by Perpetrators” as part of ICHRRF’s #SpeakingUpSeries on human rights and religious freedom.

Armenian Assembly of America to Host ‘Fall Advocacy Week’

The Armenian Assembly of America is pleased to invite you to its 2021 Fall Advocacy Week that will take place virtually during the week of September 27, 2021. The 2021 Fall Advocacy Week will address topics covering congressional priorities, human rights issues, and Christians in peril, with a special focus on the one-year anniversary of the 44-Day War in Artsakh.

One Year After the War in Artsakh: Atrocities and Cultural Desecration
Monday, September 27, 2021
11:00 am – Noon EDT

Webinar Registration

Christians in Peril
Monday, September 27, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

Webinar Registration

Working to Make Artsakh Safe & Green
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
11:00 am – Noon EDT

Webinar Registration

Fuel Advocacy
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Webinar Registration

Media Matters
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Noon – 1:00 pm EDT

Webinar Registration

Sign Up for Virtual Meetings with Members of Congress

Armenian Church of Florida 2021 Holy Week Schedules

St. David Armenian Church (Boca Raton, FL)

Sunday, April 4, 2021
Easter Sunday
Ժամերգութիւն- Morning Service – 9:30 AMՍ.

Պատարագ- Holy Badarak – Divine Liturgy – 10:30 AM

St. Hagop Armenian Church (Pinellas Park, FL)

Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church (Orlando, FL)

Easter Divine Liturgy Live Broadcast

Please join us on Easter Sunday, April 4, at 10:00 a.m., for a live broadcast of the Divine Liturgy from St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York.

Bishop Daniel will celebrate the badarak on the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The live broadcast of the service will be available online, beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT), on the Eastern Diocese’s Facebook and YouTube platforms. The broadcast will be archived for later viewing.

St. Vartan Cathedral will be open for public worship on Easter Sunday and throughout Holy Week, in strict observance of all city health and safety regulations. Easter will also be observed at local parishes across the Eastern Diocese; check with your parish for information on local observances.