Portman Announces Support for Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide

November 21, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced his support for the Senate resolution expressing that it is the policy of the United States to recognize and commemorate the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Genocide refers to the horrific and systemic killing of Armenian Christians living in the Ottoman Empire from spring 1915 through 1923. There were approximately 1.5 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. At least 664,000 and possibly as many as 1.5 million died during the genocide, either in massacres and individual killings, or from ill treatment, exposure, and starvation. The historic evidence and eyewitness accounts of the systemic removal and murder of Armenian Christians stand in stark contrast to Turkey’s continual and resolute denial of the genocide. Similar legislation passed the House of Representatives in October by the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 405-11. Portman released the following statement:

 “I am proud to join my Senate colleagues in cosponsoring this bipartisan resolution commemorating the memory of the Armenian genocide.  As the large, vibrant and patriotic Armenian community in Ohio will tell you, we must never forget the atrocities of the Armenian genocide. This resolution is not only about recognizing the problems and tragedies of the past, but it is also a reminder that we must stand strong and resist any and all persecution of minority populations.”