The Assyrian Policy Institute welcomes the French Senate's passage of a resolution recognizing the Assyrian Genocide. The resolution, introduced by Senators Valérie Boyer and Bruno Retailleau in January, formally "recognizes as genocide the mass extermination, deportation, and suppression of the cultural heritage of more than 250,000 Assyro-Chaldeans by the Ottoman authorities between 1915 and 1918" and "publicly condemns the genocide." It also calls for April 24 to be observed annually in joint remembrance of both the Armenian Genocide and the Assyrian Genocide.
The Senate adopted the resolution on February 8, 2023 with overwhelming support, making France the fifth nation to recognize the Assyrian Genocide. The final vote was 300 to 2. A similar resolution is now being considered by France's National Assembly.
"We join with the Assyrian community in France in welcoming the passage of the resolution," said API Executive Director Reine Hanna. "We commend our partners at the Association of Assyrian-Chaldeans in France for their leadership and steadfast advocacy surrounding recognition of the Assyrian Genocide."