WASHINGTON–DC–Supporters of the Genocide Resolution–H.Res.193–in the US House began collecting signatures yesterday on a Congressional letter urging Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) to bring this human rights legislation to a vote as soon as possible–reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
The letter–initiated by Rep. Radanovich (R-CA)–stressed that–"As we saw in Rwanda a decade ago–and as we witness today the signs of a possible new genocide emerging around the world–as a government and a people–we must make sure that we apply the lessons of past genocide to prevent future crimes against humanity."
The Genocide resolution was introduced in the House last April by Representatives Radanovich–Adam Schiff (D-CA)–and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Joe Knollenberg (R-MI). It was adopted unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee in May and has 111 cosponsors. Its companion legislation in the Senate–S.Res.164–was introduced last June by Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and Jon Corzine (D-NJ) and currently has 37 cosponsors.
The resolution cites the importance of remembering past crimes against humanity–including the Armenian Genocide–Holocaust–Cambodian and Rwandan genocides–in an effort to stop future atrocities. Support for the measure has been widespread–with a diverse coalition of over 100 ethnic–religious–civil–and human rights organizations calling for its passage–including American Values–National Organization of Women–Sons of Italy–NAACP–Union of Orthodox Rabbis–and the National Council of La Raza.