Ankara Requests Information on Swiss Move to Quash Genocide Denial Law

ANKARA (Turkish Daily News)–Turkey has requested information from Swiss authorities after reports indicated that Switzerland was contemlating to abolish a law penalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, said a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday. We would only welcome such a step if Switzerland is working on removing obstacles standing in the way of freedom of expression as is said, Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Bilman told reporters at a press briefing. Swiss Justice Minister Christoph Blocher launched a campaign for the abolition of the law in question under which Turkey’s Workers’ Party (P) leader Dou Perinek was being tried, and crafted a package of proposals to totally scrap or soften the law adopted in 1994, news reports said Wednesday. The package will be put to debate among 14 experts including Laurent Moreillon, a lawyer for Perinek, and turn into a motion that would then be sent to the Swiss National Parliament, the reports added.

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