Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Garo Paylan has submitted a law proposal for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
“April 24, 1915 was the starting day of the Great Calamity of the Armenian people,” Paylan said during a statement at the parliament.
“The Armenian people were exiled en masse from their homeland, country, towns and cities and a vast majority of them were massacred on the migration routes.
“Orphans like my grandmother survived this massacre. Those orphans have been seeking justice for 106 years. My grandmother passed from this world without being able to see justice done.
“My father, who was from the second generation, also lost his life without seeing justice done. As a third-generation Armenian of Turkey, I’m seeking justice in Turkey, at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.”
The law proposal Paylan submitted stipulates the recognition of the genocide, removal of the names of the perpetrators of the genocide from public places and a change in the citizenship law.
Paylan noted that while parliaments of many countries in the world have recognized the expulsion of Armenians as a genocide, what really matters is the recognition by Turkey’s parliament.
“When Turkey confronts the Armenian Genocide, it won’t matter what other parliaments say. The Armenian Genocide has been a subject of other parliaments, other presidents for 106 years because it’s been denied.
“We need to bring the pain of the Armenian people to the land where they belong, to this land, to Turkey. We should confront the pain of the Armenian people and relieve this pain with justice.”
On the occasion of the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the HDP published the following via Twitter:
“Turkey has not faced the #ArmenianGenocide for 106 years. The genocide occurred in these lands and justice must be served here. On its 106th anniversary, we share the sorrow of the genocide of the ancient people of our country and we commemorate with respect those who have fallen”