OBAMA’S HOME STATE HAWAII RECOGNIZED THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
By Hakob Chaqrian
On April 7, while the US President’s visit to Turkey was continuing,
the State House of Representatives of Hawaii unanimously recognized
the Armenian Genocide.
Barack Obama’s home state Hawaii became the 42nd state of the
United States to recognize the Armenian Genocide. The State House of
Representatives adopted a formal measure (HR192) condemning this crime.
The legislation, HR192, states that, "approximately 1.5 million
Armenian men, women, and children living within the Ottoman Empire’s
borders were killed in a brutal genocide," and that, "the Armenian
Genocide remains unacknowledged by the Republic of Turkey to this
day." The measure also notes that, "this body joins with Hawaii’s
Armenian-American community and all Armenians worldwide in recognizing
and honoring those who were killed and persecuted during the Armenian
Genocide, and urging people throughout the world to never forget
these horrific crimes against humanity."
April 24 is declared in Hawaii as a Day of Remembrance in Recognition
of and Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.