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2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
April 8, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Weatherston, Barca, Bernier,
Brandtjen, Goyke, Jacque, Kerkman, Kitchens, Mason, Murtha, Ohnstad,
Petryk, Riemer, Ripp, Rodriguez, Schraa, Shankland, Skowronski,
Spreitzer, C. Taylor, Tittl and Zepnick, cosponsored by Senators
Wanggaard, Hansen, Harris Dodd, C. Larson, Lazich, Marklein, L. Taylor
and Wirch. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR23,1,2 1Relating to: remembrance of April 24, 2015, as the 100th Anniversary of the
2Armenian Genocide.
AJR23,1,73 Whereas, 2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, when
4the systematic destruction of thousands of Armenian communities in the Ottoman
5Empire, through massacres and death marches in which some 1,500,000 Armenians
6perished and hundreds of thousands more were uprooted from their homes and
7ancient homeland, was carried out from 1915 to 1923; and
AJR23,1,108 Whereas, despite the overwhelming evidence borne out by a wealth of
9documentation, the Turkish government has never recognized nor accepted
10responsibility for the genocide of the Armenian people from 1915 to 1923; and
AJR23,1,1211 Whereas, by denying, and trying to expunge, the record of their genocide, the
12Turkish government deprives the Armenian people of their own history; and
AJR23,1,1513 Whereas, recognition of this atrocity is crucial to guarding against the
14recurrence of genocide and provides the Armenian people with a greater
15understanding of their heritage; and
1Whereas, the discrimination against and the hardship of the Armenian people
2persists in Turkey today and has led to human rights violations and the loss of human
3life; and
AJR23,2,74 Whereas, in the year 2000 the assembly of the state of Wisconsin and in the year
52002 the senate of the state of Wisconsin adopted resolutions designating April 24
6of each year as "Wisconsin Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915
7to 1923"; now, therefore, be it
AJR23,2,11 8Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the assembly and
9senate of the state of Wisconsin hereby designate April 24, 2015, as "Wisconsin Day
10of Remembrance for the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 to
AJR23,2,1212 (End)