WESTERN ARMENIA – The Czech Senate condemned the crimes against humanity committed by Nazis during WW2 and the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire 105 years ago in a resolution on Wednesday, Ceske Noviny reports.

“At its plenary session on May 20, the Senate of the Czech Republic unanimously adopted a resolution on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the atrocities committed against humanity during the two world wars, including the condemnation of the genocide of Armenians,” the statement noted.

The resolution was presented by Senate Vice-President Milan Štěch.

In April 2017 the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament approved a resolution, condemning the genocide of Armenians and other religious and national minorities in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.

About the genocide of Armenians

The genocide of Armenians (also known as the Holocaust of  Armenians)  was the systematic mass murder and expulsion of 1.5 million ethnic Armenians carried out in Turkey and adjoining regions by the Ottoman government between 1914 and 1923.

The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported from Constantinople (now Istanbul) to the region of Angora (Ankara), 700 to 750 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders, the majority of whom were eventually murdered.

In early 1915, the Young Turk regime rounded up hundreds of Armenians and hanged many of them in the streets of Constantinople, before beginning the genocidal deportation of most of the Armenian population to the desert, in which up to a million died or were murdered en route.