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George Clooney supported by his wife Amal as he speaks at 100 Lives Initiative to mark centennial of Armenian Genocide

George Clooney showed solidarity and support for a day of remembrance marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

The 53-year-old was joined by his human rights attorney wife Amal Clooney at the 100 Lives Initiative in New York on Tuesday, the Daily Mail reports. 

Clooney took the stage with co-founder of the initiative Ruben Vardanyan as they spoke about the significance of the centennial.

In January Amal went before Europe’s top human rights court to argue against a man convicted of denying the 1915 Armenian genocide.

Clooney was representing Armenia as part of an appeal before the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights, which ruled in favor of the man, Dogu Perincek, in December 2013.

Perincek believes his right to free speech was violated when Swiss courts convicted him of racism for denying the genocide in 2005. He described the genocide as ‘an international lie.’

Clooney said the ‘most important error’ of the court’s 2013 ruling in favor of Perincek was that ‘it cast doubt on the reality of the Armenian genocide.’

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