Diaspora & Armenian Issues

Diaspora & Armenian Issues

“The United States must acknowledge and recognize the Armenian Genocide – to call what was the first genocide of the 20th Century, a genocide – and to stand with the ever-dwindling number of survivors, as well as the descendants of those who were lost. They must not continue to suffer the indignity, injury and pain of denial.”

– Rep. Adam Schiff

Recognizing and Commemorating the Armenian Genocide

Rep. Adam Schiff continues to be the leading advocate in Congress for genocide recognition and has spared no effort in trying to convince his colleagues, Presidents of both parties, and the nation of the importance of taking this important step. He has addressed from the Floor the House of Representatives in Armenian, read aloud an open letter to the Turkish people and convinced the White House to put the Armenian Orphan Rug on display at the White House Visitor’s Center. Schiff has been the lead author of the Armenian Genocide resolution in the House of Representatives for years, and believes that the United States cannot speak out forcefully against genocide and other human rights violations if we are unable to speak truthfully about the massacre of the Armenian people nearly a century ago.

In October 2019, the House decisively voted to recognize the Armenian Genocide, passing Rep. Schiff’s resolution with strong bipartisan support. The Senate followed suit in December 2019, also with overwhelming bipartisan consensus. In so doing, Congress declared that it will no longer be party to the cause of genocide denial. This is a vote Schiff fought for 19 years to make possible, and one that tens of thousands of Armenian American constituents and many around the country have worked, struggled, and prayed for decades to see. It is time for the President to join Congress in speaking the truth about the Armenian genocide.

Schiff will not rest until our government has acknowledged the truth and made recognition of the Genocide an annual event, as it should be so we never forget.

Leading the Fight for Aid to Armenia and Artsakh

As an ex officio member of the Appropriation subcommittee that oversees American foreign assistance, Rep. Adam Schiff has made assistance to Armenia a top priority. With the illegal Turkish blockade of Armenia, as well as Azerbaijani aggression, Armenia and Artsakh have suffered economically and Schiff sees assistance as crucial to maintaining Armenia’s independence and continues to press for greater action by the Minsk group to resolve the status of Artsakh. Schiff has advocated for humanitarian funding for Artsakh in order to demine civilian areas, as well as other projects, and will continue to fight to obtain important direct assistance from the United States.

Supporting the Democratic Revolution in Armenia

Rep. Adam Schiff has helped lead the effort to provide U.S. assistance to further the development of Armenia’s democracy and to fight corruption. Since the Velvet Revolution of 2018, Armenia has experienced a rapid change with the conduct of free and fair parliamentary elections and an array of reforms. Rep. Schiff has helped to secure tens of millions of dollars that have helped strengthen Armenia’s democracy and reform institutions, and will work to make sure that the important democratic reforms being undertaken in Armenia continue.