June 9, 2021 — Washington, D.C.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) welcomed today’s introduction of the “U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021” by Senators Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and both organizations declared it a legislative priority.

Building off the Menendez/Rubio 2019 “Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act” — a AJC/HALC legislative priority in the 116th Congress — the bipartisan legislation introduced today bolsters support for Greek military modernization, authorizes new transfers of American military equipment, and enhances the “3+1” multilateral engagement between Cyprus, Greece, Israel and…

Lawmakers Demand International Action in Response to Turkish President Erdogan’s Flagrant, State-Sponsored Assault on Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressmen John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) today led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in calling on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to work with global partners in a sustained and coordinated effort to hold the Erdogan regime in Turkey accountable for repeated violations of religious freedom and human rights.

“Despite international condemnation, the state of Turkey continues to engage in chronic, egregious, systematic violations of the religious freedom of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is led by his…

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-founder and co-chair of Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, and Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, today introduced the bipartisan Turkey and Ecumenical Patriarchate Religious Freedom Act of 2021. The legislation would hold Turkey accountable for violating the religious freedoms of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Greek Orthodox Christians, and other religious minorities.

“The United States must uphold our commitment to defending religious freedom abroad by holding Turkey accountable for violating the religious freedoms of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Greek Orthodox Christians, and other religious minorities,” said Congresswoman…

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement in reaction to reports that President Joe Biden will officially recognize the Ottoman Empire’s genocide against the Armenian people. To date, no U.S. president has made it U.S. policy to affirm the historical facts of the Armenian Genocide, which lasted from 1915 to 1923 and resulted in the forced deportation of around 2 million Armenians, 1.5 million of whom were brutally killed.

“I’m honored and incredibly moved to be able to commemorate this year’s anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by applauding the President’s reported decision…

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement after the Senate unanimously adopted their resolution commemorating the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day, March 25, 2021. The bipartisan resolution celebrates the commitment to democracy that Greece and the United States share as well as the two nations’ lasting partnership and rich history of friendship.

“Greece’s 200th independence anniversary serves not only as a reminder of our countries’ long friendship, but also as a time for us to look to build on that history and strengthen…

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s approval of his bipartisan resolution commemorating the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day, March 25, 2021. Cosponsored by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the resolution celebrates the commitment to democracy that Greece and the United States share as well as the two nations’ lasting partnership and rich history of friendship.

“I am incredibly proud to see the Senate Foreign Relations Committee officially mark up a resolution for the 200th anniversary of Greek independence and join those in the United States…

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, ahead of the 200th anniversary of Greece’s independence, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, introduced a resolution calling on the United Kingdom to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

The Marbles were removed from Greece 200 years ago by Thomas Bruce, seventh Earl of Elgin and transported to Great Britain. The Marbles were part of a frieze that wrapped around the Temple of Athena. In 1816, the British Parliament voted to purchase the Marbles…

Washington, D.C. — Today, nearly two million Americans claim Greek ancestry, including Congressman Gus Bilirakis, whose grandparents emigrated from Greece to the United States in the early 1900s. Earlier today, Representatives Gus Bilirakis, Carolyn Maloney, Chris Smith, Ted Deutch, Nicole Malliotakis, Chris Pappas, John Sarbanes, Dina Titus, and David Cicilline filed legislation to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence. The resolution emphasizes the hard-fought struggle for independence of the Greek people, and the historic and dynamic relationship that defines the deep American-Hellenic ties.

It is with great pride that I recognize the 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence and celebrate…

HALC CONDEMNS THE ATTACKS ON AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

The Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) joins the ranks of Americans of good conscience who have spoken out against the violent riots and attacks on Congress perpetrated yesterday. We are appalled that the President of the United States openly instigated yesterday’s incidents, encouraged the anger and conspiracies that led to the violence, and made only half-hearted attempts to defuse tensions and safeguard American democracy and American lives.

On September 11, 2001, the heroes of Flight 93 gave their lives and prevented Al Qaeda from flying the jet into the U.S. Capitol. That evening…

WASHINGTON, DC — The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) and In Defense of Christians (IDC) hailed the Trump Administration’s imposition of sanctions on Turkey’s military procurement agency and its officers in response to Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems.

The U.S. sanctions include a ban on all U.S. export licenses and loans to Turkey’s defense procurement agency. They also freeze the assets and restrict visas of the organization’s president and three other senior officials. and an asset freeze on its president, Ismail Demir, among other government officials.

Over the last two Congresses…

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