British Denial of Armenian Genocide and Holocaust Memorial Day - 23 January 2001
WHEN: Wednesday, January 24 - 7:00pm-8:30pm
WHERE: House of Lords, Committee Room 3 (use St. Stephen's entrance)
DETAILS: Britain was the first state to articulate the Armenian genocide thesis in 1916, when it was in British interests to do so. Yet the British government today chooses to deny the Armenian Genocide.
The British position took a knock this week when attempts to exclude Armenians from Holocaust Memorial Day backfired. Following public pressure, the BBC and the Home Office accepted a measure of Armenian participation in the day's commemoration. Now Turkey has threatened reprisals against Britain if the Armenian participation goes ahead, while the Armenian community has stepped up its pressure for full British recognition of the 1915 genocide of Armenians.
The Government has tough choices ahead: avoiding a diplomatic row with Turkey, or losing the moral argument it wants to champion on Holocaust Memorial Day. Speakers include Lord Avebury, Lord Robin Walpole, Lord Hylton and Lady Caroline Cox.