George Clooney has attended a remembrance service at the Armenian Genocide memorial in Yerevan, a century on from the event.
Clooney joined the president of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan in the solemn ceremony a day after the actor called for the events of 1915 to be recognised internationally as genocide.
Flanked by two security guards, Clooney, dressed in a dark suit and black tie, wore the Armenian remembrance brooch — a purple forget-me-not flower — on his jacket.
Armenians say the Ottoman Empire killed 1.5m of its people, beginning on April 24, 1915.
Modern-day Turkey strongly disputes claims that the events were a genocide, and the figures stated.
Mr Clooney awarded the first Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, which recognises an individual’s work to advance humanitarian causes, to Marguerite Barankitse of Maison Shalom and REMA Hospital in Burundi, who took in orphans amid civil war and genocide.
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George Clooney in Armenia
Mar 10, 2015 Amal Clooney and George Clooney attended the launch of the 100 LIVES initiative in New York City to show their support for those who worked to save Armenian lives during the country’s genocide 100 years ago.
Dressed in a dark navy suit, George, 53, took the stage with the initiative’s co-founder, Ruben Vardanyan, to discuss how the world needs to start taking peaceful action towards ending cruelty.