Submission of petition to Dutch Parliament by Joint Armenian Organisations of the Nederlands
The Hague, 19 April 2016 – Today, a delegation of the Joint Armenian Organisations (Federation of Armenian Organisations in the Netherlands (FAON), Dutch Armenian Committee for Justice and Democracy (Hay Tad) and other organisations) submitted a petition to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Dutch Parliament, Mrs. A.M.C. Eijsink. Practically all factions in the parliament attended the submission of the petition.
On behalf of the organisations Mrs. Inge Drost thanked the members of the Commission, who visited Armenia in May 2015, for their involvement with the Armenians. Like last year, many of them will this year attend the commemorative events in the Netherlands on 24 April.
Representatives of various organisations (Federation of Armenian Organisations in the Netherlands (FAON), Dutch Armenian Committee for Justice and Democracy (Hay Tad), Armenian Youth Organisation AJO, Armenian Students Association Gladzor and Armenian Youth Association Garegin Njdeh) presented portions of the petition, which included the demand for full recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Dutch government, implementation of the motion by Rouvoet, condemning discrimination and hate speech by representatives of Turkish and Azerbaijani organisations against Armenians, and fighting the involvement of “long arm of Ankara” in Dutch politics and society. Also was raised the question of restoration of individual and communal rights and legitimate interests of Armenians as result of the genocide as stated in the Declaration on the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
On coming Saturday the Joint Armenian Organisations will hold a rally and demonstration in the centre of Amsterdam on the occasion of 101st anniversary of Armenian Genocide.
On Sunday 24 April, commemorative meetings will take place at the Armenian memorials in the Netherlands.
It is further to be noted that today a delegation of the Armenian Students Association Gladzor has left for Armenia to participate to the memorial services in Armenia. On 24 April they will lay a wreath at the Genocide Memorial at Tsitsernakaberd on behalf of the Dutch Armenian Community.