On April 24, 2015, Armenians everywhere will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. This commemoration is all the more important in view of the socio-political tides that are transforming present-day Turkey. AGBU Europe has already begun preparations to ensure an appropriate centenary commemoration of the Armenian genocide. (Click here to preview the draft Programme).
In 2013, AGBU Europe members established the groundwork for future demonstrations and acts of solidarity as they worked together with the European Grassroots Anti-racist Movement (EGAM) and with the anti-racism group in Turkey, DurDe! (Say Stop to Racism and Nationalism). As a result of this partnership, the groups led the first organized European commemoration of the Genocide in Ankara, Turkey on April 15, 2013. (Read more on this event).
The goal of this partnership is to establish a dialogue that will engage Turkish society on the implications of the Armenian Genocide and its denial by the Turkish government on their own society, to encourage individuals to take a stand for official recognition, and to provide opportunities for Turks, Europeans and Armenians to come together on this issue in a peaceful setting.
In addition to AGBU Europe’s efforts, chapters throughout the world are preparing for the 100th year commemorations in every country where AGBU has a presence.
To find out how to get involved with AGBU Europe’s efforts, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about our partners in this movement, please visit:
The European Grassroots Movement Against Racism (EGAM)
DurDe! (Say Stop to Racism)