Greece Considers Criminalizing Genocide, Holocaust Denial

Greek parliament

ATHENS—The Greek Prime Minister’s New Democracy Party has introduced a bill in the Parliament, which envisions criminal punishment for demonstration of xenophobia and the denial of Genocide and Holocaust, RIA Novosti reported.

The bill proposed applying criminal punishment for the support for or underestimation of the crimes of genocide recognized by the Parliament of Greece, the Holocaust and the Nazi crimes condemned by the international or Greek court. The bill suggests a punishment of up to three years of imprisonment and a fine of 5,000 to 20,000 euros.

The same measures will be applied to those who incite violence and hatred on the racist, religious or ethnic basis, as well as those who participate in xenophobic or racist organizations. Legal entities will be fined 10,000 to 100,000 euros and will be deprived of any public support from one to six months.

The bill has been signed by almost all members of the Party and the Government.


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  1. Artin said:

    Another victimology. I certainly understand why they want to pass this bill and who introduced it but unfortunately this is not that website to write such comments since they won’t be approved. Just look at the current political movement(s) in Greece and you’ll see what’s going on. On the other hand, there is a huge number of naive Armenians with very limited understanding of politics and public relations that allow themselves to be treated like plastic dolls. 98 years have past and majority of Armenians are still the same.

  2. George said:

    It seems very hypocritical to say that there is no democracy in Armenia and then to advocate against freedom of speech in other countries. Criminalizing speech is very undemocratic, no matter how vile or vicious.

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