French Senate to Discuss Criminalizing Genocide Denial in November, Expert Says

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Discussions over making the denial of the Armenian genocide punishable in France will be included in the agenda of the French Senate in October-November.
Hilda Choboyan, the head of the Armenian Federation for Justice told Armenpress that “It cannot be left out of the agenda of the French Senate in spite of ups and downs, which took place as a result of parliamentary and presidential elections during which the political forces which were interested in the issue were not able to say their word.” According to her, the issue will be in the political agenda of the country in fall.
The French parliament approved on October 12 2006 a bill by which the denial of the Armenian genocide would be punishable by from one year imprisonment to 45,000 euros fine. The bill was presented for the approval of the Senate.
Choboyan considered the Council of Europe’s decision that the denial of the genocides must be subjected to punishment quite notable. “It is a principle position which was not emphasized until now. Only one thing will be left ‘s how genocides are being described. The denial of genocide is condemning those countries the parliamen’s of which have recognized the Armenian genocide may include another resolution which will punish the denial of genocide in their country,” Choboyan said.


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