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    From: Assembly <[email protected]>
    Subject: AAA: Assembly Joins in Launch of New Anti-Genocide Coalition

    Armenian Assembly of America
    1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20036
    Phone: 202-393-3434
    Fax: 202-638-4904
    Email: [email protected]

    April 24, 2006
    CONTACT: Christine Kojoian
    E-mail: [email protected]


    Group Committed To Raising Awareness of Past, Current Crimes

    Boston, MA - kNOw GENOCIDE, a new multi-ethnic coalition united
    against genocide denial, was publicly launched on April 21 with the
    strong backing of the Armenian Assembly during a rally outside the
    Massachusetts State House. The anti-genocide coalition was announced
    following a commemoration ceremony marking the 91st anniversary of the
    Armenian Genocide.

    "As the Armenian community marks the anniversary of these horrific
    crimes, we are honored to be part of this non-partisan coalition and
    help raise awareness of other instances of genocide," said Assembly
    Board of Trustees Member Anthony Barsamian, who assisted in bringing
    the coalition together. "By doing so, we forever advance the cause of
    genocide prevention."

    Friday's event included presentations by Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, Chairman
    of the Jewish Community Relations Council Holocaust Committee, Jean
    Nganji from Rwanda Outlook, Lt. Governor Kerry Healey, Attorney
    General Tom Reilly and Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA).

    Earlier that day, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts presented a
    distinguished award to Dr. Taner Akcam for his outstanding work in
    human rights and fighting genocide denial. The award was presented by
    Lt. Governor Healey and State Senator Steven Tolman (D-Boston) before
    a crowd of over 400 people in the Massachusetts House of
    Representatives Chamber.

    "Professor Akcam is being honored today for his innovative scholarly
    research into the history and sociology of the Armenian Genocide, his
    willingness to confront and debunk the deniers of the genocide and
    their historical revisionism and his inexhaustible energy in
    struggling for universal human rights and dignity," said Tolman.

    The Assembly is a founding member of kNOw GENOCIDE, which was created
    to counter the ongoing denial of known cases of genocide, such as the
    Darfur, Cambodian, Jewish, Rwanda, and the Armenian genocides. The
    coalition is grounded in the understanding that denial of genocide is
    the final stage of that crime. For the sake of human rights as well
    as the historical truth it will counter and expose attempts at
    genocide denial.

    In addition to the Assembly, the coalition includes the Armenian
    National Committees of Massachusetts, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance
    Association, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark
    University, the Genocide Intervention Network, the Irish Immigration
    Center, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Massachusetts
    Council of Churches, Rwanda Outlook and the University of Minnesota
    Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    Then Armenian Genocide commemoration ceremony was organized by State
    Representatives Rachel Kaprielian (D-Watertown) and Peter Koutoujian
    (D-Watertown) and State Senator Steven Tolman (D-Boston).

    The Armenian Assembly is the largest Washington-based nationwide
    organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian
    issue. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.