Bills introduced in Israel and the UK could recognize the Armenian genocide that wiped out an estimated 3.75 million Christians in the 19th and 20th centuries, according to reports from the humanitarian organization Barnabas Fund.
A bill recognizing the genocide was introduced on November 9 in the Israeli Knesset (parliament). The Barnabas Fund notes that the measure aims to establish an annual commemoration day on April 24, which several countries observe as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
Also on November 9, a bill to establish an annual commemoration and incorporate genocide education into the national curriculum received its first reading in the UK House of Commons, the Barnabas Fund said.
The United States and 30 other countries have acknowledged the genocide, according to reports.
During the presentation of the British bill, MP Tim Loughton, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Armenia, said the threat to Armenians persisted. “The recent invasion of Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan, forcing 90,000 Armenians to flee their homes due to the threat of ethnic cleansing, serves as a warning that Armenians remain vulnerable today,” he said. , according to the report.
Between 1893 and 1923, around 1.5 million Armenians were killed in the Ottoman Empire in an attempt to wipe out Christian minorities, according to reports. Another 2.25 million Assyrian, Greek and Syriac Christians were killed in the territories between 1914 and 1923.