Apr 20 2018

MP asks Turkish parliament to recognise Armenian Genocide

Turkish-Armenian parliamentarian Garo Paylan from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) has announced that he has submitted a legislative proposal for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 via an e-mail sent to the press. 

Turkey officially denies that the measures taken by the Ottoman Empire against its Armenian population during the First World War constituted genocide.

Paylan’s proposal includes the recognition of events that took place in 1915 as a genocide and that April 24 be accepted as the official date for the commemoration of the events.

Furthermore, Paylan asks the parliament to confer citizenship on the descendants of those who were forced to leave Turkey or was deported because of the events.

Paylan also demands that a commission to be established to identify the names that were responsible for the deportation of Armenians and to clear those names from public spaces.