Join Project 2015 In Istanbul On April 24 2015
Join Project 2015 In Istanbul On April 24 2015 –
April 24, 2015 will mark the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, a concerted campaign by Ottoman leaders that resulted in the deaths and exile of the vast majority of their Armenian citizens, which remains unrecognized by any Turkish government.
To mark this tragic milestone, Project 2015, a US-based non-profit group, working with DurDe, a leading Turkish human rights organization, along with other civil society groups and activists in Turkey, is organizing a series of commemorative events in Istanbul between April 22 – 24, 2015.
We call on Armenians from around the globe to assemble together with citizens of Turkey in Istanbul to participate in these memorial events in April 2015. For many Armenians, this may be a first-ever visit to Turkey; for others, it will be an opportunity to return to Turkey for the centennial; and for the Armenians living in Turkey today it will be an occasion to be joined by a wider community for this historic commemoration.
We are coming together in Istanbul to assert our presence in and our continued connection to the land of our ancestors a century after their disastrous expulsion. We see this journey as a means of standing for our rights, advocating for justice for our forebears, and pressing for equality for all people in Turkey, whatever their ethnicity, religious affiliation, or maternal tongue.
The events will provide an opportunity to focus global attention on the unresolved issues of the genocide and, more importantly, it will be an opportunity for Armenians from around the world to pay their respects to the victims and to remind the world that 100 years later, Armenians still seek truth, justice, and accountability from the Turkish government. We have not forgotten, and will never forget, the suffering of our people; we are eager to commemorate this event with the many people of conscience in Turkey who want to stand together in solidarity.
Armenian Project 2015