PARIS, (AFP) - A leading human rights organization on Wednesday called on Turkey to recognize that the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians at the beginning of the last century was genocide.
The International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR) said in an open letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that it was worried by recent Turkish educational guidelines regarding Turkey's treatment of minorities, especially Armenians.
The guidelines, said the IFHR, called on schools to "lead a negationist campaign regarding the oppression of minorities throughout Turkish history, in particular with regard for the Armenian community."
In 2001, France triggered a storm in its relations with Turkey when its parliament passed a law describing the massacres as genocide. At a 1948 United Nations international convention on the prevention of genocide the mass killings of Armenians were referred to as genocide, along with the Holocaust.
The IFHR is a non-governmental organization based in Paris.