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Sourb Prkich (Holy Saviour) Church (9th cent.), photo 1900s to 1910s; The remnants after the acts of explosion and destruction carried out between the 1950s and 1960s, photo by Samvel Karapetian, 07.21.2006.

U.S. House Set to Vote on Return of Churches Resolution (H.Res. 306) on Tues. Dec. 13th

H.Res.306, which was introduced by Reps. Royce (R-CA) and Howard Berman (D-CA), has been scheduled for a vote on December 14th by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) under a special parliamentary procedure known as the Suspension Calendar.

This resolution calls upon Turkey to return stolen Christian churches to the Armenian, Greek, Assyrian and Syriac communities and to end discrimination against surviving Christians.

The text of the resolution that will come before the House will be same as the abridged version adopted 43 to 1 by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on July 20th of this year.

You can watch the House Foreign Affairs Committee passage of the Return of Churches amendment online on the ANCA Vimeo Channel.

Fact Sheets on the “Return of Churches” Resolution

** Why pass H.Res.306 – the “Return of Churches” resolution.
** Myths and Facts: Turkey’s Troubling Record of Restricting Religious Freedom
** Early Christianity in the Lands of Present-Day Turkey
** Setting the Record Straight: A point-by-point rebuttal to the Turkish Embassy’s attack on H.Res.306

Additional resources are provided on the “For Media” and “For Hill Staff” pages.