Law on Criminalizing Genocide Denial to be Discussed in French Parliament

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Alexi Gyovjian–member of the Democratic Union of France and head of the council coordinating French-Armenian organizations told Armenpress "It is impossible to give a 100-percent guarantee that–in the fall–the French parliament will approve the draft law on criminalizing the denial of the Armenian genocide–but I am sure that when Armenia’s unite they win by all means." Gyovjian said the Armenian community is in more of a favorable condition than the Turkish one in respect of the adoption of the draft law–as the truth is on the Armenian side. "All the political forces of the country are supporting the draft law initiated by the French socialists–that is to say there are no obstacles in the way for the adoption of the draft law," he said adding that perhaps legislatures were not prepared during the spring session and were hurrying to end the session–thus forcing a postponement on the vote. Another reason for the postponement was that certain historians were forcing the parliament not to interfere in the "historic affairs." Gyovjian said that many countries have adopted resolution or laws recognizing the Armenian genocide but it will be the first case when the denial of the genocide will be considered a criminal act. According to the draft law–the punishment for denying the Armenian genocide ranges from a 4,500 euro fine to six-month prison term. The hearings on the draft law are expected to take place between November 20 to 30.

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