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‘There was a genocide of Armenians in 1915,’ Says George Clooney

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‘There was a genocide of Armenians in 1915,’ Says George Clooney

Post by Nicky80 on Wed Oct 28 2015, 18:57

There was a genocide of Armenians in 1915,’ Says George Clooney
 
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George Clooney at the launch of the 100 LIVES initiative in New York City in March (Source: Mike Coppola / Getty)

(Public Radio of Armenia)—Actor and human rights advocate George Clooney has reaffirmed the historical truth about the Armenian Genocide, saying, “There was a genocide of Armenians in 1915. There’s no argument about it,” in an interview with The Frame.
“Now, history has changed and the Turks don’t want to talk about it anymore. And because we have military bases in [Turkey], suddenly those same politicians who before could say, ‘Yes, there was a genocide,’ can’t talk about it now. You can’t call it that,” the actor said.
Clooney added: “I’ve had conversations with senators where I’ll say, ‘Can we talk about the Armenian Genocide?’ and they’ll say, ‘Absolutely not, because Turkey is our partner in the war on terror.’”
He added, however, that he can give plenty of examples of politicians who would talk about the Armenian Genocide. “They would talk about it as a reality, which of course it is.”
On March 10, Clooney joined humanitarian leaders to launch a new global prize, the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, as part of the 100 LIVES initiative.
Clooney’s wife Amal recently represented Armenia at the European Court of Human Rights in an Armenian Genocide denial case.

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Re: ‘There was a genocide of Armenians in 1915,’ Says George Clooney

Post by Nicky80 on Thu Oct 29 2015, 20:28

Yeah I was waiting for Turkey to respond LOL

Turkey’s Patriotic Party reacts to George Clooney referring to 1915 events as ‘genocide’

Turkey's Patriotic Party ('Vatan Partisi' in Turkish) reacted to Hollywood star George Clooney's statements two days ago during his interview in the South California Public Radio where he referred to 1915 as "Armenian Genocide."

Clooney said the events of 1915 constituted "genocide" and there was no argument about it. He said: "There was a genocide in Armenia in 1915."

Reacting to Clooney's remarks, the Patriotic Party's international relations head member Onur Sinan Güzaltan said on Thursday, "The truth cannot be hidden," and advised the Hollywood star to look at the European Court of Human Rights' (ECtHR) verdict in which Switzerland's appeal to overrule the conviction of the party's chairman (Doğu Perinçek) over the denial of the Armenian genocide was rejected.

Switzerland was represented by a defense team during the trial of Switzerland and Armenia versus Doğu Perinçek case, one of whom included the lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney, better known as the wife of Hollywood superstar George Clooney.

Güzaltan claimed that the Clooney family was "one of the toys used to manipulate the 1915 events."

Doğu Perinçek, a Turkish politician, lawyer and academic who has been chairman of the socialist Patriotic Party since 1992, was convicted by a court in Switzerland, where denying the Armenian genocide is criminalized, for his remarks branding the genocide "an international lie" in that country. He had argued that the denial was in line with his freedom of speech and took the case to the ECtHR.

The court had ruled in his favor in 2013, but Switzerland appealed the verdict. ECtHR said in the ruling that there was no international legal obligation for Switzerland to criminalize such statements and "Swiss courts appeared to have censured Mr. Perinçek simply for voicing an opinion that diverged from the established ones in Switzerland, and the interference with his right to freedom of expression had taken the serious form of a criminal conviction."

Armenia claims up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed in an act of genocide by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 during World War I. Turkey accepts the mass deaths of Armenians during their forced deportation during the war but claims the death toll was much lower and attributes mass deaths to diseases and isolated cases of attacks. Ankara has also urged Armenia to let historians handle the matter, though Armenia demands recognition of the incidents as "genocide" in order to advance relations between the two neighboring countries.

In April 2014, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was prime minister at the time, offered condolences for the Armenian deaths that occurred in 1915 – a first for a Turkish leader as the country froze diplomatic relations with Armenia both over the genocide issue and Armenian occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave also claimed by Turkey's close ally, Azerbaijan. The move was seen as a significant step toward a possible reconciliation. Separately, Turkey has called for a joint Armenian-Turkish research project into the events, making use of the archives in both countries, to establish the facts.

Many Armenians argue that denying allegations that the events of 1915 constituted "genocide" should be a crime, just as negating the Holocaust is. In 2003, the National Council of Switzerland, the country's parliament, recognized the events of 1915 as "genocide." Several other countries also recognize the events as genocide.

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Re: ‘There was a genocide of Armenians in 1915,’ Says George Clooney

Post by Donnamarie on Thu Oct 29 2015, 20:46

This guy Onur Guzaltan claims that the European Court
Overturned the verdict against Perincek.  BUT I thought that it was a victory for Armenia because the European Court acknowledged that there was a genocide but that Perincek shouldn't be denied his freedom of speech in stating that there was no genocide.  So how can Turkey's Patriotic Party claim that George was incorrect in his statement?  Unless Turkey is still in denial and is trying to distort the truth.


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Post by carolhathaway on Thu Oct 29 2015, 21:23

So that's politics and diplomacy! Every party called it a victory. Donnamarie, I understood it exactly like you did. But since we have the freedom of speech Perincek and Turkey also have the right to deny that it's a genocide. In Germany you're not allowed to deny the Holocoust but in other countries people may do so.

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