Reality TV superstar and prison reform advocate Kim Kardashian West is calling on Congress to vote on a bipartisan bill about recognizing the Armenian Genocide that saw some 1.5 million Armenians slaughtered during the Ottoman Empire a century ago. The Turkish government disputes that a genocide took place and has long fought efforts for the US to formally recognize the mass murders.
Kardashian West tweeted to more than 62 million followers Tuesday: “This is personal for me, and millions of Armenians who descended from genocide survivors. Call Congress and tell them it’s time to act!” The House passed the bipartisan resolution later Tuesday 405-11 that recognizes the genocide and memorializes its victims.
“There can be no denial of the Armenian genocide, which is evidenced by historical documentation and the emotional scars still borne by the descendants of its survivors,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on the House floor. “It was a campaign of ethnic cleansing, committed by the Ottoman Empire during and after the first World War, and it led to the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians, alongside other targeted groups.”
The resolution emphasizes “education and public understanding” about America’s humanitarian and financial aid during and after the crisis. It also formally rejects any “denial of the Armenian Genocide or any other genocide.”
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff, vice chair of the Armenian-American Caucus, and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.). “We cannot pick and choose which crimes against humanity are convenient to speak about,” Schiff (D-Calif.) said. “We cannot cloak our support for human rights in euphemisms. We cannot be cowed into silence by a foreign power.”
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