Rep. John Sarbanes: Attacks on protesters reflective of Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus, Armenian genocide, repression of Kurds

John SarbanesThe assault on innocent protesters in the streets of Washington, D.C., is entirely consistent with the impulses of an autocratic Turkey. It has unmasked President Erdogan for the bully that he is and offers Americans a teachable moment on the character of official Turkey. It reflects a deeply imbedded reflex that, in the modern era, has brought the world, among other things, the unlawful invasion and occupation of Cyprus, the Armenian genocide, and the violent repression of the Kurdish people.

—Rep. John Sarbanes (D–MD)

Condemning Violence Against Peaceful Protesters Outside the Turkish Ambassador’s Residence, House Floor, June 6, 2017

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Rep. Anna Eshoo: Only three times has Congress declared a genocide

Anna EshooIn March of 2016, Congress declared in unequivocal terms that the persecution of Christians, Yezidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria by ISIS constituted genocide. This was a seminal moment in the U.S. Congress because it’s only the third time in history that Congress has declared a genocide. Unfortunately, the conditions for the tens of thousands of survivors of these crimes against humanity grow worse each day.

—Rep. Anna Eshoo (D–CA)

Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017, House Floor, June 6, 2017

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