Statement on Pontian Greek Genocide Remembrance Day

PRESS RELEASE

(For Immediate Release)

 

(OTTAWA – May 19, 2021) – Today, the Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) joins the Canadian Hellenic Congress (CHC) and fellow Hellenes in Canada and around the world in commemorating the Genocide of the Hellenes of Pontos, Anatolia and Greece.

From 1913 to 1922, over 353,00 innocent Greek men, women and children perished at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish Empire, simply because of who they were. During the same time, the Ottoman Turks simultaneously carried out the Armenian Genocide and the Genocide against the Assyrian minority of the empire.

Now more than ever, as Turkey continues to shamelessly deny its criminal past, while threatening the safety, security and territorial integrity of Greece, it is imperative for Canada and the rest of the international community to recognize this crime for what it was, a genocide.

Over the past several years, at the initiative of the Canadian Hellenic Congress, 13 municipalities and boroughs across Canada recognized the Pontian Greek Genocide. The ANCC stands in solidarity with the CHC and the entire Greek-Canadian community in their efforts to secure further recognition of this grave crime against humanity.

May the memory of all the innocent victims be eternal.

 

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The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Armenian-Canadian 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 Armenian-Canadian community on a broad range of issues and works to eliminate abuses of human rights throughout Canada and the world.

 

Source: Armenian National Committee of Canada

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