WASHINGTON–DC–In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Genocide Convention Implementation Act–US Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) urged his House colleagues to promptly adopt H.Res.193 – a congressional resolution–introduced by Reps. Schiff and George Radanovich–to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.
Addressing the House floor on Tuesday–Schiff–in part–stated: "Today marks the 15th anniversary of the United States taking a principled stand toward ensuring that the lessons of past genocides–such as the Armenian Genocide–the Holocaust–and the genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda–will be used to prevent future genocides.
The United States–under President Harry Truman–was the first nation to sign the Convention–and it was ratified by the US Senate in 1986.
Fifteen years ago today–President Ronald Reagan signed the Proxmire Act into law and put the United States on record as being strongly opposed to the heinous crime of genocide.
I rise today to urge consideration of H.Res.193–legislation that I introduced with my colleague Mr. Radanovich–reaffirming support of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and commemorating the anniversary of the US becoming a full party to this landmark international human rights legislation.
This important piece of legislation has tremendous bipartisan support among the 110 cosponsors–and the bill was passed unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year.
Mr. Speaker–I urge the House Leadership to permit immediate consideration of this legislation on the floor of the House–and I urge my colleagues to reaffirm our national resolve to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust–the Armenian Genocide–and the genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda–among others–will not be forgotten."