Photo: Commemoration ceremonies in Armenia, April 2015
Press Release No: 15/19
24 April 2015
Today, 24 April 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide. Between 1915 and 1922 as many as 1.5 million Armenians were massacred and thousands more displaced from their homeland. One hundred years later, work for recognition and reparation remains.
The Conference of European Churches expresses again its solidarity with the Armenian people as they work for reconciliation and justice. The crimes of the past must not be forgotten.
From 22 to 24 April public commemorations of the Armenian genocide take place in Yerevan. CEC President Rt Rev. Christopher Hill, DD, KCVO and General Secretary Rev. Dr Guy Liagre will join political and spiritual leaders, public figures, and representatives from genocide-surviving nations in these events.
“The work of healing and reconciliation is never easy,” remarked Liagre and Hill from Yerevan, “We are privileged to stand here on this day where we both mourn past atrocities and celebrate the resilience of the Armenian people.”
Those gathered will participate in a number of events including the canonization of the victims of the Armenian genocide by the Armenian Apostolic Church, vigils at the Tsitsernakaberd memorial, and a global forum on the crime of genocide.
CEC joins churches around the world in prayer for the memory of those lost and for renewed commitment to the work of reconciliation.
Events in Armenia can be watched online at www.armeniangenocide100.org.
For a past CEC statement on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, please click here.
Please click here for the a statement from CEC President Rt Rev. Christopher Hill KCVO, DD to the ecumenical session of the global forum against the crime of genocide.
For more information, please contact:
Conference of European Churches
Rue Joseph II, 174 B-1000 Bruxelles
Tel. +32 2 234 68 42
Fax +32 2 231 14 13
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 114 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 national council of churches and organisations in partnership. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Brussels and Strasbourg.