Official Journal of the European Union

C 315/23


on the centennial of the Armenian genocide

(2015/C 315/05)


having regard to Article 9(3) of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 10 December 1948,

having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 16 December 1966,

having regard to the UN Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity of 26 November 1968,

having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 20 July 1987 on a political solution to the Armenian question,

having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 15 November 2000 on the 1999 Regular Report from the Commission on Turkey’s progress towards accession,

having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 28 September 2005 on the opening of negotiations with Turkey,

having regard to the resolutions and statements of the legislative bodies of a number of EU Member States,


whereas 2015 marks the centennial of the Armenian genocide perpetrated under the Ottoman Empire,


whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation for freedom, justice and peace in the world,


whereas the denial of genocide is widely recognised as the final stage of genocide, enshrining impunity for its perpetrators and demonstrably paving the way for future genocides; whereas the absence of unequivocal and timely condemnation of the Armenian genocide contributed to a large extent to the failure to prevent future crimes against humanity,


whereas the early prevention of such crimes can undoubtedly stop the escalation of conflicts, tragedies and humanitarian catastrophes,


Condemns all forms of crime against humanity and genocide, and deeply deplores attempts to deny them;


Pays tribute to the memory of the innocent victims of all genocides and crimes committed against humanity;


Stresses that the prevention of genocides and crimes against humanity should be a priority forthe international community; believes that further development of international capacity in this area is essential;


Supports the international struggle to preventgenocides, to restore the rights of people subjected to genocide and to establish historical justice;


Invites Turkey to come to terms with its past;


Considers that preparing the ground for future reconciliation between peoples is of the utmost importance.

(1)  Adopted on 17 March 2015 in Yerevan, Armenia.