Yerevan Plans to Engage in Perinçek Court Case

Armenia's Prosecutor General and Representative to the ECHR Gevorg Kostanyan. (Photo: Photolure)


YEREVAN—The Government of the Republic of Armenia intends to engage in the case of Turkish nationalist Doğu Perinçek in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) as a third party. During his interview with Armenpress, the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Armenia and Representative of Armenia to the ECHR Gevorg Kostanyan said that the decision has already been made and, by Aug. 26, Armenia will officially apply to the ECHR to be engaged as a third party.

Kostanyan did not go into details about the actions that should be carried out by the Armenian side, but stressed that they were seriously determined, and that a group of advocates would most likely be formed to achieve success.

Under the provisions of the Swiss law, in 2007, Turkish citizen Perinçek was convicted for denying the Armenian Genocide. Failing to win two appeals against the judgment, Perincek appealed the ECHR, which on Dec. 17 ruled that the Swiss courts’ rulings violated the appellant’s right to freedom of expression.

The ECHR ruling in December stated that “the free exercise of the right to openly discuss questions of a sensitive and controversial nature is one of the fundamental aspects of freedom of expression and distinguishes a tolerant and pluralistic democratic society from a totalitarian or dictatorial regime.”

The original case emerged from Perincek’s participation in a number of conferences in Switzerland in 2005, during which he publicly denied that the Ottoman Empire had perpetrated the crime of genocide against the Armenian people in 1915.

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