German government votes to recognise Armenian Genocide; Turkey recalls ambassador

Yesterday (2 June) the German Bundestag (lower house of the federal Parliament) voted to recognise the genocide of Armenian Christians which took place in the Ottoman Empire over a period of years, peaking in 1915. The vote was almost unanimous, with one vote against and a single abstention.

Last week (26 May) we argued in Operation Nehemiah Turkey and the EU: The approaching crisis – which way will Turkey go? that a tipping point, which might determine which way the relationship between Turkey and the EU could slide, would come this week if the German Parliament voted to recognise the Armenian genocide of a hundred years ago.  Turkey, which has never admitted that the millions of deaths of Christians in Ottoman territory were a genocide, immediately recalled its ambassador.  It remains to be seen whether Turkey will react further against the most dominant country of the EU, which hosts a large Turkish-background minority. 1.55 million people in Germany still hold Turkish citizenship, thus forming the largest group of non-citizens in the country.

Another genocide of Christians is taking place in the Middle East today. Barnabas Fund calls on you to sign its petition which asks the United Nations and our governments to recognise genocidal actions and serious crimes of Islamic State against Christians, Yazidis and other minority groups in the areas they control in Syria and Iraq; to take all possible measures to assist victims of genocide and war crimes, including channelling aid directly to minority communities under threat, displaced persons and refugees, and to offer humanitarian asylum places to victims. Let us not wait long, as so many countries have to recognise the Armenian genocide, but let us urge our governments NOW to recognise today’s genocide of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

Urgent action is needed.

If you have not yet signed the petition, you can do so here. The link also has access to a petition form. Please print this off and gather as many signatures as you can, to persuade governments to act now. Return signed forms to your nearest Barnabas Fund office by 31 August.

Last week (26 May) we argued in Operation Nehemiah Turkey and the EU: The approaching crisis – which way will Turkey go? that a tipping point, which might determine which way the relationship between Turkey and the EU could slide, would come this week if the German Parliament voted to recognise the Armenian genocide of a hundred years ago.  Turkey, which has never admitted that the millions of deaths of Christians in Ottoman territory were a genocide, immediately recalled its ambassador.  It remains to be seen whether Turkey will react further against the most dominant country of the EU, which hosts a large Turkish-background minority. 1.55 million people in Germany still hold Turkish citizenship, thus forming the largest group of non-citizens in the country.

Another genocide of Christians is taking place in the Middle East today. Barnabas Fund calls on you to sign its petition which asks the United Nations and our governments to recognise genocidal actions and serious crimes of Islamic State against Christians, Yazidis and other minority groups in the areas they control in Syria and Iraq; to take all possible measures to assist victims of genocide and war crimes, including channelling aid directly to minority communities under threat, displaced persons and refugees, and to offer humanitarian asylum places to victims. Let us not wait long, as so many countries have to recognise the Armenian genocide, but let us urge our governments NOW to recognise today’s genocide of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

Urgent action is needed.

If you have not yet signed the petition, you can do so here. The link also has access to a petition form. Please print this off and gather as many signatures as you can, to persuade governments to act now. Return signed forms to your nearest Barnabas Fund office by 31 August.

 

 

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