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Armenian Parliament Decides to Commemorate Victims of Yazidi Genocide

Gulan Media April 18, 2024 News
Armenian Parliament Decides to Commemorate Victims of Yazidi Genocide

In a significant move, the Armenian National Assembly convened in a special session on April 17, 2024, and unanimously approved a draft resolution to designate August 3 as a day to commemorate and honor the victims of the Yazidi genocide. The genocide, perpetrated by the terrorist organization ISIL in Sinjar in 2014, left an indelible mark on the Yazidi community, prompting international outcry and calls for justice.

The resolution, spearheaded by MP Rostam Bakoyan of the Civil Covenant Party, garnered widespread support, securing a majority of 88 votes in the initial reading. This decision underscores Armenia's commitment to addressing genocide and crimes against humanity as a cornerstone of its foreign policy.

Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Paruyr Hovhannisyan emphasized, "Preventing genocide and crimes against humanity is one of the priorities of Armenian foreign policy," highlighting the nation's dedication to upholding human rights and promoting justice on the global stage.

This isn't the first time Armenia has taken a stand for the Yazidi community. In 2018, the Armenian parliament passed a resolution officially recognizing the Yazidi genocide in Iraq and urged the international community to investigate the atrocities committed against the Yazidis.

The Yazidis hold a special place in Armenian society, being the largest religious and ethnic minority in the country. Despite their relatively small population, estimated between 35,000 and 50,000, the Yazidi community's cultural and historical significance is deeply respected within Armenia.

With the establishment of August 3 as a day of remembrance for the Yazidi genocide, Armenia reaffirms its commitment to honoring the memory of the victims and advocating for justice for the Yazidi community both at home and abroad.

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