ANKARA – Turkish Daily News
A U.S. Congressman said a resolution condemning the assassination of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink would be submitted to the House of Representatives, reported the Anatolia news agency yesterday.
Armenian organizations based in the United States said the resolution to be put forth by Democrat Congressman Joseph Crowley in the upcoming days would call on Turkey to take measures for the protection of the freedom of expression and to repeal controversial Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). Dink was tried under Article 301, along with a string of intellectuals who landed in court for denigrating “Turkishness” – and some for comments on the alleged genocide of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. The Armenian Assembly of America (AAA) and the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) announced that they would support the draft resolution. In the meantime, Armenian organizations said an Armenian “genocide” resolution was expected to be forwarded to the U.S. House of Representatives before Feb.1.