Washington, D.C. - Following U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide by President Biden, the nation of Latvia formally recognized the Armenian Genocide on Thursday, May 6, 2021, making it the 31st country in the world to do so, reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly). Dr. Rouben Adalian, Director of the Armenian National Institute, provided testimony about the Armenian Genocide in a hearing recently held by the Latvian Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, alongside Dr. Ronald Grigor Suny and Armenia's Ambassador to Latvia Tigran Mkrtchyan. Despite opposition by Turkish authorities and the Turkish and Azerbaijani lobbies, acknowledgement prevailed with a final vote of 58-11 with 7 abstentions to adopt the declaration. "Latvia's recognition of the Armenian Genocide, on the heels of U.S. affirmation, shows the growing trend of countries that are standing up for human rights and acknowledging the significance of genocide recognition and prevention," said Assembly Congressional Relations Director Mariam Khaloyan.
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