PACE Vice-President Condemns Court Verdict on Genocide Denial

René Rouquet

PARIS (Armenpress)—Member of the French parliament, PACE Vice-President, and Chairman of the Armenia-France friendship group René Rouquet expressed his concerns over the recent verdict of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Doğu Perinçek’s case, ruling that the denial of the Armenian genocide is not a crime. According to the report by Armenpress, René Rouquet stated that this verdict is a blow to all those people, who are working for the restoration of the just memory of the Armenian people.

The PACE Vice-President raised a number of questions. First, he emphasized that Switzerland can appeal the verdict within three months in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. Among other things, Rouquet noted, “In this respect the verdict is not final and the Grand Chamber can fulfill its function of protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with article 44 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

In addition, Rouquet emphasized, “After this verdict I am more than convinced that denialism has no place at least on the European level. We must struggle until the final triumph on the international level. This is our sacred duty before the memory of the victims of the first Genocide of the 20th century.”

Previously it was reported that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) announced an ambiguous verdict on Doğu Perinçek’s case, particularly taking into consideration the fact that two of the seven judges cast their vote against the verdict. The Minister of Justice of the Republic of Armenia Hrayr Tovmasyan underscored that, while announcing the verdict, the ECHR laid a heavy emphasis on the fact that Doğu Perinçek is a historian and scientist.

The ANC’s French Office and the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (ANC of Europe) issued a statement, which says: “The court’s verdict is extremely dangerous and provides direct support to the stream of denialism in Europe orchestrated by Ankara and Baku and paves an additional way for them. This infamous decision of the European Court transgresses the right to dignity of the Armenian Genocide victims and their descendants.”


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  1. GeorgeMardig said:

    If this is the way how functions the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) than the world is in deep sht

  2. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    If there is no denial
    the genocide will prosper
    like weeds in the grass …
    till no-one could control
    Like an epidemic disease
    Thus… humanity will end…
    with honest humans as well…

  3. Narine Kediguian said:

    i wonder if the ECHR would have dare to issue the same verdict regarding the denial of the shoah! EU shows every day how hypocrite they are and how unfair and two standardss judgements they have. ECHR has lost any level of estime and became similar to courts in dictatorship regims they are just on sale and poliyticized.Is the visit od davidoglu to Erevan that disturbed EU so much, every time turkey and Armenia get closed EU put out a Genocide card once against Turkey once against Armenians. They are uncoverred now and became ridiculous. If Armenians have dignity they should make a fuss out of this scandal, but Armenians….oh long way to do before becoming like the jews. I really wish i was born a turk and not an Armenian i would have been proud of how my people act and win. Shame on EU, on ECHR and shame on silent and useless Armenian leaders, able only to enrich their bank accounts selling nationailsm.