Commemorative event dedicated to the 108th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Dublin

On the last day of the April 2023, the memory of the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire was commemorated in the main cathedral of Dublin, in the Christ Church Cathedral.

The event was attended by members of the Armenian community in Ireland, Primate of the Armenian Diocese in the United Kingdom and Ireland Hovakim Manukyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Great Britain and Ireland Varuzhan Nersesyan, as well as representatives of the Church of Ireland.

The event began with a speech by Archbishop Michael Jackson, who expressed deep condolences to the Armenian people and underlined the importance of recognizing the genocide. Then a full hall of attendants, both Armenians and Irish, as well as foreign guests, had the opportunity to listen to songs performed by the Christ Church Cathedral choir. Children of the Armenian Sunday School named after St. Hripsime emotionally have read poems dedicated to the events of those dark pages of Armenian history. In addition, two magnificent compositions were performed by pianists Eduard Baghdasaryan and Varazdat Khachatryan.
Bishop Hovakim Manukyan and Ambassador Varuzhan Nersesyan also gave the speech, explaining to foreign guests the importance of recognizing the Armenian Genocide, for avoiding repetition, especially during the active aggression of Azerbaijan in Artsakh, when 120,000 people are in a blockade that poses a threat to life.

The event ended with the laying of flowers at Khachkar, on the territory of the Cathedral of Christ.

The Armenian Genocide began with the arrest of the Armenian intelligentsia by the Turkish authorities on April 24, 1915. Over the next few years the authorities of the Ottoman Empire in the territories controlled by it have organized and carried out The Armenian Genocide, through physical extermination and forced deportation, including the displacement of the civilian population under conditions that lead to imminent death, which led to the death of more than one and a half million Armenians (half of the Armenian population at that time) Many managed to escape abroad, which led to the creation of the largest diaspora in world, part of which is in Ireland.
The term “genocide” itself was once proposed to refer to the mass extermination of the Armenian population in Ottoman Turkey and Jews in the territories occupied by Nazi Germany. Türkiye still does not recognize the fact of the Armenian genocide.
Beginning in 1915, the world powers adopted resolutions condemning the massacres of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey. So in 1915, France, Great Britain and Russia issued a joint declaration condemning the destruction of the Armenians:
The Armenian Genocide has been recognized and condemned by many countries of the world and influential international organizations, such as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1998), the Council of Europe (2001), the European Parliament (1987, 2000, 2002, 2005), the UN Subcommission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, the World council of churches…
The genocide of the Armenian people, in a number of most EU countries, has also been recognized by regions and provinces.

Artem Karadzhyan

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