The law and international laws in particular are dynamic disciplines that grow in the international community so that they experience expansion and development along with technological advances and expansion of social, political, and diplomatic relationships. Although, these advances bring in new concepts, they cannot overshadow the responsibility of states and genocide criminals for the crime of depriving many people from their fundamental rights. This responsibility is highlighted in the universal declaration of human rights (UDHR) bill and it was one of arguments used by the judges in Saddam Hossein case.
A surge of attention and sensitivity to human rights and fighting genocide at international level has been witnessed in the past two centuries of development of international law. In this regard, several state institutes and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have proposed a variety of policies focused on legal and political aspects. The International Criminal Court (ICC) and the United Nations (UN) are the pinnacles of the states’ endeavor to develop international organizations and the both have made great legal and political contributions to recognition of human fundamental rights within the framework of their articles of associations and objectives. However and despite the works done by these international bodies, political concerns in the international community have influenced legal aspects pertinent to genocide so that some of verdicts of ICC or resolutions of UN are not supported with adequate sanction. Chemical weapon and mass destruction conventions are some of the major steps taken by the international bodies to harness absolute power of states in using weapons against civilians. Implementation of such conventions is the responsibility of international organizations of which the states are members. The role filled in by states in genocide or fighting it is undeniable and rather than discussing the gravity of genocide, what is focused on in this paper is imperativeness of recognition of the crimes committed by Ottoman Turks in 1915. In addition, the necessity for the international community to condemn the crime of genocide is argued for. The consequences of this recognition on Turkey’s relationship with countries of the world and European countries in particular, given that European countries and the victims of the genocide are of the same religion, is another topic discussed in what follows.