Our first lesson focuses on genocide denial. Coincidentally, on April 23, on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Human Rights Association of Turkey released a statement speaking out against continued official and public denial in that country.
The statement's title reads in part, "That's enough, stop denialism!" It goes on to mention how "denial is the most comprehensive, most effective and most widespread human rights violation due to the simple fact that it becomes the source of -- furthermore, an encouragement for -- a wide variety of many more current and future human rights violations."
Raffi Sarkissian, Founder and Chair of the Corning Centre, said in reference to these Turkish upstanders, "Groups and individuals in Turkey who stand up for justice do so at great costs and have become brave upstanders while the Turkish government unfortunately continues to deny genocide at home and abroad and silence these voices."
Today is the 99th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. We encourage teachers to discuss and teach about this page in human history.
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