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In September 2015, the UN General Assembly, at the initiative of Armenia, decided to declare December 9 as International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The day was chosen because that day in 1948, the General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

The resolution was adopted by consensus at the 103rd Plenary Session of the 69th Congress; it was endorsed by 80 members of the Assembly.

The initiative stems from the provisions on genocide prevention presented by Armenia and adopted at the 28th Assembly of the UN Human Rights Council.

The current resolution is aimed at complementing Armenia's efforts to promote and consolidate international activity in the fight against the crime of genocide.

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