Official MuslimGirl Statement Commemorating 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

MuslimGirl stands firmly with the Armenian community in its struggle for justice and extend our unwavering support in solidarity.

We vigilantly condemn statements made in the April 19 press release issued by the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO). We believe that in the statement, the USCMO and its signatories plainly deny and whitewash the Armenian Genocide. Through the Council’s willful and unjust politicization, the press release audaciously questions the systemic killing of 1.5 million Armenians campaigned by Ottoman Turks, claiming it this historical tragedy is merely a “one-sided interpretation of the 1915 events.” The USCMO attempts to act on behalf of the Muslim community, but we believe it does not represent the youths’ sentiments.

The painful truth is that millions of Armenians continue to live with the devastating loss of their people and way of life 100 years later. Beginning in 1915, Turkey systemically enacted a policy and campaign of genocidal violence on the Armenian people in their homeland through massacres, depopulation, and confiscation of Armenian land; deportation, abduction/torture, enslavement in concentration camps; and the complete desecration of Armenian life. To argue that there are greater complexities and a need for investigation is plainly erasure — the denial of the Armenian Genocide and the continuing struggle and suffering of the Armenian people.

We reject any divisive attempts by organizations and governments alike to fragment the concerted effort of our generation to stand on the right side of history. It is impossible for our community to organize on behalf of our struggles while rejecting those of another. On the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, our minds and hearts are with our Armenian brothers and sisters.