Tim Loughton on why the UK should recognise the Armenian Genocide:
During his motion, Mr Loughton noted that the refusal to recognise the Armenian Genocide risks conveying a dangerous message of impunity that a crime unpunished is a crime encouraged or downplayed. The Armenian Genocide must be recognised to promote key national interests, including the UK’s commitment to the United Nations Genocide Convention. Recognition will also help to right an historical injustice, help advance genocide studies globally, raise public awareness on crimes against humanity and send out assurance to the Armenian community in the United Kingdom. Finally, recognition of the Armenian Genocide is in line with the UK Parliament’s recent recognition of the Chinese genocide against the Uyghur Muslims in April 2021.
With the First Reading having taken place on November 9th 2021, the one year anniversary of the November 9 Ceasefire Agreement that ended the 2020 Artsakh War, Mr Loughton also addressed the relevance of the Armenian Genocide today in light of the disappointing nature of the relatively tame condemnation last year of Azerbaijan’s invasion of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) and the ongoing atrocities committed against Armenian prisoners and Armenians still trying to live in their homelands.
Mr Loughton’s speech ended with the following powerful remark:
“With the Bill, we have the opportunity to do our bit to help right an appalling historical injustice and, as a leading advocate of human rights on the international stage, send out a clear message that we recognise genocide—wherever and whenever it has been committed—as the worst crime against humanity and that we will call it out, defend the victims and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
Further information can be found on the following article of major news outlet The Evening Standard: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/tim-loughton-joe-biden-conservative-house-of-commons-shoreham-b965262.html
You can watch Tim Loughton’s interview recently given to an Armenian TV network 1in: https://fb.watch/9bLcnK_gjN/