World leaders including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and France’s François Hollande paid their respects. More than one million people are expected to gather in the landlocked nation’s capital on Friday to commemorate the estimated 1.5 million Armenians who were slaughtered as the Ottoman Empire crumbled in 1915.
As the world continues to look on in dismay at the barbaric atrocities committed against Christian minorities by the Islamic State—the self-proclaimed new “caliphate”—today, April 24, marks the genocide of Armenian and other Christian minorities by Turkey’s Islamic Ottoman Empire—the last caliphate.
The Young Turks came to power in the Ottoman Empire in a coup d'état on 24 July 1908, effectively deposing Sultan Abdul-Hamid II. Once they seized power, they proceeded to systematically replace old Ottoman bureaucrats with young Muslims, fired with the passion to create Turan -- a Turkic state stretching from the Adriatic to the Great Wall of China.
This year, on the occasion of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, we join in extending our condolences to the global Armenian community for the mass extermination campaign against them in 1915, which is commemorated annually on April 24th. We call on President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu to recognize the genocide and the responsibility of Turkey’s predecessor government for the terrible crimes against the Armenian community. As human rights organizations in the Middle East and North Africa region, we reiterate our call for truth, justice, and accountability for the victims of this Genocide.
Go to the root of the problem, Archbishop Gallagher urges
A high-ranking Vatican official said that the international community should do more to counter the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians.
That "more" could include the use of "proportionate force" but also should include a greater effort to find diplomatic solutions and foster "peace and development" in the Middle East, said Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, the number two official in the Vatican's Secretariat of State.
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.