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Στην εκδήλωση από τον Τόπο της ζωής μας για την Γενοκτονία των Ελλήνων, ο Χάρης Τσιρκινίδης μιλάει για τα εμπόδια του κατά τη διάρκεια της μαγνητοσκόπησης του νέου του έργο.

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At a Greek Genocide event in Kavala, Greece in May 2019, author Harry Tsirkinidis spoke about the hurdles he faced while filming his new 40 episode TV series on the Greek Genocide. 

Harry Tsirkinidis is a law graduate and former military Attaché at the Greek Embassy in France. He has written a number of books on the Greek Genocide including At Last We Uprooted Them: The Genocide of the Greeks of Pontus, Thrace and Asia Minor through the French Archives.

 

Please email the below letter to the Justice Committee on Justice Policy of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario which is currently deliberating on whether to pass Bill 97 which only seeks recognition for the genocide of Greeks from the region of Pontus and excludes recognition for the Greeks of all other regions of Asia Minor and Eastern Thrace. 

Email below letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Subject: Bill 97. Genocide Awareness, Commemoration, Prevention and Education Month Act, 2019

To the Committee on Justice Policy of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario,

I am writing to express my deep concern regarding Bill 97 which is currently being considered by the Standing Committee on Justice Policy of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Unfortunately, the Bill in question only seeks to recognize a portion of the Greek victims of the Greek Genocide, those from the region of Pontus, which was only one of a number of regions within historic Asia Minor (current day Turkey) where the genocide took place. The Bill will therefore ommitt Greek victims from the remainder of Asia Minor who were also victims and who likewise deserve recognition and closure. In this regard, the Bill falls well short of what would be expected when dealing with recognition for the international crime of genocide.

It's vitally important to note that in 1998 the Parliament of Greece recognized the genocide of Greeks throughout all of Asia Minor (Law No: 2645/1998) while in 2007 the International Association of Genocide Scholars, one of the world's foremost experts on genocide voted overwhelmingly to affirm the genocide of Greeks throughout the entire region of Asia Minor. Ignoring the expert advice of genocide scholars, and recognizing the genocide of only only group of Greek victims will therefore not only offend other descendants of Greek Genocide victims, but it will also infer that they were not victims of genocide, which is untrue and unjust.

I also wish to remind the Committee that in November 2018, a motion was put before the Senate of Canada to likewise only recognize the genocide of Greeks from the region of Pontus, and it was rejected. After the vote, Senator Sinclair who abstained from voting said the following:

"I would like to point out that I found the motion itself to be acceptable insofar as it related to Pontic Greeks, but it was not inclusive of all the Greeks who were subject to the genocide at that time. I thought it was too narrow. I abstained because it was not properly inclusive."

I urge the Justice Committee to follow the historical record and only pass Bill 97 if all Greek victims of the genocide are included. Setting into concrete - by recognition - the genocide of only one group of Greek Genocide victims, and ignoring the suffering of all other Greeks, would be a gross injustice. It would also create a most unfortunate precedent within the Canadian political framework for this injustice. I strongly urge the Bill be reworded to include all Greeks. The simple removal of the word 'Pontian' from the Bill automatically makes the Bill inclusive of all Greeks and would provide justice for all.

Respectfully yours,

 

 

The Hellenic Parliament recognition for the genocide of Greeks throughout Asia Minor. Law: 2645/1998.

 

Canadian politician Aris Babikian is currently seeking the passage of a Bill that will exclude many Greek victims of the Greek Genocide from recognition and deny them closure. Please read the following letter and if you agree, email it to Mr Babikian, and also cc it to Julie Dabrusin and The Armenian National Committee of Canada. You can also email individual Ontarian MPP's by visiting the following website.

 

Subject: Bill 97 and Mr Babikian's Attempt to Exclude Greeks From Genocide Recognition.

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To whom it may concern,

I am writing to express my objection to Ontarian MPP Mr. Aris Babikian and his decision to exclude many Greeks from genocide recognition.

Mr. Babikian is currently seeking recognition for only a portion of the Greek victims of the Greek Genocide. He is asking the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to only recognize the genocide of “The Pontian Greeks from 1916-1923”; in other words, the genocide of Greeks only from the region of Pontus in Ottoman Turkey. This, despite affirmation by many genocide scholars that during this period, Greeks from many other regions were victims too. Mr Babikian's policy to exclude other Greeks from recognition is unjust and I am deeply disturbed by it.

Please note that in November 2018, a motion was put before the Senate of Canada to likewise only recognize the genocide of Greeks from the region of Pontus, and it was rejected. After the vote, Senator Sinclair who abstained from voting said:

"I would like to point out that I found the motion itself to be acceptable insofar as it related to Pontic Greeks, but it was not inclusive of all the Greeks who were subject to the genocide at that time. I thought it was too narrow. I abstained because it was not properly inclusive."

Genocide is the ultimate act of exclusion, therefore this attempt by Mr. Babikian to exclude so many Greeks from recognition is unacceptable and I urge the Legislative Assembly to only pass it if all Greeks are included. The Bill should simply seek the recognition of “The Greeks from 1914-1923”.

In 2007, the International Association of Genocide Scholars, one of the world's foremost experts on genocide affirmed the Greek Genocide as having occurred throughout all of Anatolia (current day Turkey). In 2013 the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales recognized the Greek Genocide, while only last month the State of Alabama in the U.S.A also recognized the Greek Genocide.

I urge the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to respect the historical record and include all the Greek victims of the Greek Genocide in Bill 97 and not follow the policy of exclusion which Mr Babikian has unfortunately taken.

Best,

 

 

 

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The perpetrators of the Greek Genocide were responsible for planning and executing the destruction of Greek communities during the genocide. They include members of the Committee of Union and Progress Party, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his nationalist supporters (Kemalists) as well as German military personnel. 

An analysis of some of the regions affected and other documentary evidence.

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