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Crime of genocide cannot be ignored – former Portuguese MP

armenpress.am04/24th/2020, 9:36

Crime of genocide cannot be ignored – former Portuguese MP

Former Member of Parliament of Portugal Rubina Berardo, who initiated the voting in the parliament for the document on recognizing the Armenian Genocide, reaffirms that a policy of memory is important to carry out, the crime of genocide cannot ignored.

Rubina Berardo gave an exclusive interview to Armenpress, commemorating the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

-Last year when you were serving as a lawmaker, you initiated a voting in the Assembly [the parliament of Portugal] through which the Armenian Genocide was recognized. What was the driving force of that initiative?

-In such an interconnected world where we all live together, it’s important to implement the policy of memory. It’s a fundamental mechanism to constantly protect human rights. By recognizing the crimes of the past we are maintaining the memory of brutally lost lives, but at the same time we are showing the importance of human rights today to the current generations. Given that April 24 is the day before the annual celebration of the Carnation Revolution (April 25, 1974) in Portugal, the message of the Portuguese parliament was definite: democracy and human rights go hand in hand.

-Where did you first learn about this crime that took place in the beginning of the 20th century?

-During my studies in the UK I learnt about genocide, and when I first visited Armenia, I already got informed about the atrocities committed, especially when I visited the Armenian Genocide Museum in Yerevan.

-The voting in the parliament received your support and that of other political parties. Why do you think that memory is an important element for the reconciliation of peoples and protection of fundamental human values, as it is reflected in the text of the voting?

-Regardless of different ideologies, all parties of the Portuguese parliament are supporters of democracy, and theref...

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