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Petition to President: Canadian Hellenic Congress, President: Pan Pontian Federation USA Canada, President: Pan Pontian Federation Greece, President: Pontian Federation Europe, President: Pontian Federation Australia, Editor:, Editor: Diktyomikrasiatis, Senator Leo Housakos, President: Pan Hellenic Pontian Federation, Ivan savvidis, Katerina Greek Pressnews Canada, Infognomonpolitics

All the victims of the Greek Genocide deserve recognition.

We the undersigned, hereby ask, that when Greek organizations, politicians or other groups seek recognition for the genocide of the native Greeks living in the former Ottoman Empire (today Turkey) between 1914-1923, that they do so by including all the Greek victims in the recognition. While we appreciate the actions of certain groups in seeking recognition to date, we find it historically incorrect, to only highlight the plight of, and seek recognition for, only one group of Greeks, and demand that such actions now take on a more inclusive tone. Between the years 1914-1923, Greeks from many regions of the former Ottoman Empire were victims of genocide as has been attested by the International Association of Genocide Scholars in 2007, numerous academics and scholars, and supported by a large amount of historical documentation including news reports, eye-witness accounts, statements by foreign officials who were present as well as relief workers and missionaries. We ask that all future recognitions, pay respects to all the Greek victims of the genocide, using terminology that does not divide the Greek victims based on region. We ask that all future recognitions refer to the Greek victims as Greeks regardless of which region they were from. For the sake of clarity and uniformity, we also ask that the genocide be referred to as a Greek Genocide, and strongly argue against giving the genocide multiple titles based on regions. A single title, used uniformly, is common practice when referring to a genocide, and is in line with other co-victims such as the Armenians and Assyrians, who refer to their genocide as an Armenian Genocide and Assyrian Genocide respectively. We remind those who do seek recognition, that approximately 1,000,000 Greeks perished during the Greek Genocide, and that all the victims were part of the same ethno-religious group, and they were all targeted equally, without distinction of region. We also ask the media to look beyond the calls for regional recognition, and to report on the genocide with a focus on inclusiveness, using terminology that does not divide the victims and confuse the public. More information: ---------------------------- ΟΛΑ ΤΑ ΘΥΜΑΤΑ ΤΗΣ ΓΕΝΟΚΤΟΝΙΑΣ ΤΩΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΩΝ ΑΞΙΖΟΥΝ ΑΝΑΓΝΩΡΙΣΗ Εμείς, οι κάτωθι υπογεγραμμένοι, καλούμε ελληνικές οργανώσεις, πολιτικούς ή άλλες ομάδες, που επιδιώκουν την αναγνώριση της γενοκτονίας των Ελλήνων που ζούσαν στην πρώην Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία (σημερινή Τουρκία) μεταξύ των ετών 1914-1923, να το κάνουν συμπεριλαμβάνοντας όλα τα ελληνικής καταγωγής θύματα στην εν λόγω αναγνώριση. Αν και εκτιμούμε τις ενέργειες ορισμένων ομάδων που έχουν ζητήσει μέχρι στιγμής αναγνώριση, το θεωρούμε ιστορικά λανθασμένο να υπογραμμίζουν τα δεινά και να ζητούν αναγνώριση μόνο για μία ομάδα Ελλήνων, και απαιτούμε τέτοιες ενέργειες τώρα να υιοθετήσουν ένα πιο συνεκτικό τόνο. Μεταξύ των ετών 1914-1923, Έλληνες από πολλές περιοχές της πρώην Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας ήταν θύματα γενοκτονίας, όπως επιβεβαιώθηκε από τη Διεθνή Ένωση των Μελετητών περί Γενοκτονίας το 2007, από πολυάριθμους ακαδημαϊκούς και μελετητές και έχει υποστηριχτεί από ένα μεγάλο αριθμό ιστορικών τεκμηρίων, συμπεριλαμβανομένων ιστορικών ντοκουμέντων, αυτόπτων μαρτύρων, δηλώσεων ξένων υπαλλήλων που ήταν παρόντες καθώς και ανθρωπιστικών φορέων και ιεραποστόλων. Ζητούμε όλες οι μελλοντικές αναγνωρίσεις να αποτίουν φόρο τιμής σε όλα τα ελληνικής καταγωγής θύματα της γενοκτονίας, χρησιμοποιώντας όρους που δεν διαχωρίζουν τα θύματα με βάση την περιοχή όπου ζούσαν. Ζητούμε όλες οι μελλοντικές αναγνωρίσεις, να αναφέρονται στα θύματα ελληνικής καταγωγής ως «Έλληνες», ανεξαρτήτως από την περιοχή από όπου προέρχονταν. Για λόγους σαφήνειας και ομοιομορφίας, ζητάμε επίσης, η γενοκτονία να αναφέρεται ως Γενοκτονία των Ελλήνων ή Ελληνική Γενοκτονία και αντιτιθόμαστε έντονα στο να δίνονται πολλαπλοί τίτλοι στη γενοκτονία με βάση τις περιοχές. Ένας ενιαίος τίτλος, που χρησιμοποιείται από κοινού, αποτελεί συνήθη πρακτική σε αναφορές σε γενοκτονία και στην εν λόγω περίπτωση, θα ευθυγραμμιστεί με τις άλλες ομάδες συν-θυμάτων, όπως οι Αρμένιοι και οι Ασσύριοι, οι οποίοι αναφέρονται στη γενοκτονία τους ως Γενοκτονία των Αρμενίων και Γενοκτονία των Ασσυρίων αντίστοιχα. Υπενθυμίζουμε σε όσους αναζητούν αναγνώριση, ότι περίπου 1.000.000 Έλληνες έχασαν τη ζωή τους κατά τη γενοκτονία και ότι όλα τα θύματα ήταν μέλη της ίδιας εθνοθρησκευτικής ομάδας και οι θύτες στόχευαν τα θύματα χωρίς διάκριση της περιοχής που ζούσαν. Ζητάμε επίσης από τα μέσα μαζικής ενημέρωσης, να βλέπουν πέρα από τις προσκλήσεις αναγνώρισης σε περιφερειακό επίπεδο και να αναφέρονται στη γενοκτονία με έμφαση στην ενσωμάτωση, χρησιμοποιώντας ορολογία που δεν διαχωρίζει τα θύματα και συγχέει το κοινό. Περισσότερα:Γενοκτονια_των_Ελληνων

Greek Genocide Resource Center
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Started 5 months ago

Petition to Peter Khalil

Peter Khalil must apologise to the Turkish community

This week in Australian Parliament, Peter Khalil, Federal Member for Wills spoke in Parliament regarding the ongoing peace Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin region. Mr. Khail’s comments directed at the Turkish peace mission are completely ill-informed and lack subsistence. Any support SDF is support for PKK which is a listed terrorist group in Australia.  Here is the speech on his Facebook (be sure to leave a comment) - It’s hardly a surprise Khalil’s name has resurfaced, Khalil's name appears in two US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. According to the cables - one from 2007, the other from 2009. Source -  Turkey is a key member of NATO and plays an important peace making role in the Middle East like hosting millions of Syrian refugees. Entering its seventh year, the conflict in Syria continues to be a direct threat to international security and regional stability. Turkey's land border with Syria and Iraq, measuring 1,295 km in length, requires Turkey to be alert to the developments within its neighbors and vigilant towards the security threats emanating from known terrorists.Turkey's national security is under the direct threat of Syria-based terrorist organisations, among which Deash and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)/Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK)'s Syria-affiliate Kurdish Democratic Union party (PYD)/People's Protection Unit (YPG) are at the forefront.  The recent increase in rocket attacks and harassment fires (more than 700 so far), directed at Hatay and Kilis provinces of Turkey from the Afrin region of Syria, which is under the control of the PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG terrorist organisation, resulted in the death of scores of civilians and soldiers.On the other hand, the recent advance of Deash terrorists into the Afrin region from other parts of Syria has heightened the risk of Deash elements infiltrating the Turkey-Syria border and targeting the security of Turkey as well as EU countries.It must be underscored that these terrorist groups are also a direct threat to the unity of Syria and are a main source of instability which impedes civilians to reside peacefully in their habitats. The PYD/YPG's real intention is not to fight Deash or protect Kurds and Yazidis. Their real aim is to force demographic change and create separatist enclaves or terrorist hide-outs in the north of Syria. To counter the recent surge of terrorist incursions and attacks on its territory, Turkey initiated the 'Operation Olive Branch' on 20 January 2018. 'Operation Olive Branch' is not conducted against the Kurds of Syria. 'Operation Olive Branch' is aimed at ensuring border security, neutralising terrorists in Afrin and preventing a demographic change in the north of the country, helping Syrians to return to their homes as well as facilitating humanitarian assistance to the liberated areas through secured corridors.Peter Khalil should stick to representing local residents in his marginal seat of Wills rather than political grand standing on complex foreign affairs issues facing western ally Turkey. The Turkish community of Australia call for a immediate retraction of disappointing comments made by Mr. Khalil by way of a public statement and full statement to the Parliament of Australia. In the meantime, it is vital that Turkey, an EU candidate , NATO ally and key peace maker in the Middle East, has the backing of its allies and friends in addressing its legitimate security concerns, which contributes to the overall security and stability of the EU and beyond. Members of the community are further encouraged to call Peter Khalil’s office directly on Phone: (03) 9350 5777 and share this important petition on social media plugs. 

Turkish Community of Australia
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