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Armenian Genocide : Important Points

Armenian Genocide:

US President Joe Biden is preparing to formally acknowledge the Armenian Genocide.

  • Every year, Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day will be marked on April 24.

Armenian Genocide:

  • The Armenian Genocide is often called the first genocide of the twentieth century. It refers to the systematic annihilation of Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire between 1915 to 1917.
  • According to estimates, approximately 1.5 million Armenians died during the genocide, either in massacres and in killings, or from ill treatment, abuse and starvation.
  • The Armenian diaspora marks April 24 as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
  • While Turkey disagrees, the consensus among historians is that during the Armenian Genocide, between 1915 to 1922, in the First World War, thousands of Armenians perished due to killings, starvation and disease, when they were deported by Ottoman Turks from eastern Anatolia.
  • The International Association of Genocide Scholars estimates that more than 1 million Armenians may have died.
  • Researchers say that the acknowledgement by the US government would have little legal impact on Turkey, other than becoming a cause for embarrassment for the country and perhaps giving other countries the impetus to also acknowledge the genocide.
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