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Friday, March 11, 2011

Swedish parliament approved Armenian genocide resolution
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On March 11, 2010, the Swedish Parliament voted 131-130 to approve a resolution that recognizes the Ottoman Empire's killing of Armenians between 1915 and 1923 as genocide. The Turkish government condemned the resolution, recalling its ambassador to Sweden. The vote came only a week after the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs voted 23-22 to adopt a resolution labeling the killings as genocide. The Obama administration later sought to block the resolution, which never faced a vote before the full House. A similar resolution was passed by the committee in 2007, but that failed to reach the House floor as well.

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Learn more about Armenian genocide resolutions and legal action against genocide from the JURIST news archive. Read commentary on the 2007 US resolution by Guest Columnist Laurent Pech on JURIST Forum, and from Nabi Sensoy, former Turkish ambassador to the US, on JURIST Hotline.

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