George Clooney in Yerevan for Armenian genocide commemorations

US actor George Clooney, with the Ararat mountain in background, co-chairs the selection committee of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity which was established on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian genocideHollywood star and rights advocate George Clooney on Sunday joined emotional ceremonies in Yerevan marking the 101st anniversary of the World War I-era Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire. A staunch advocate of the massacre’s recognition as genocide, Clooney co-chairs the selection committee of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity which was established on behalf of the survivors. Armenians say up to 1.5 million people were killed during World War I as the Ottoman Empire was falling apart, a claim supported by many other countries.

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