Hollande takes middle course on Genocide denial bill

Hollande takes middle course on Genocide denial bill

PanARMENIAN.Net - French President François Hollande pledged to present a new bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial during his election campaign, with the Constitutional Court’s decision preventing him to take the measure.

According to Hurriyet daily, French President found a “middle course” on the issue that may be brought in line with the French legislature. The amended law won’t include the “Armenian Genocide” phrase, with its denial to be considered a crime. It will be based on the framework resolution passed on Nov 28, 2008, noting the denial of the crimes against humanity punishable in the EU.

The bill will envisage 1-3 years in prison for genocide denial, as well as insults against religion, race and nationality.

Standpoints on Genocide or presentations of research works won’t be punished, with those to issue insulting expressions to be brought to account.

Thus, the Constitutional Council’s main argument regarding “freedom of speech” will be guaranteed. The new bill is expected to put on parliament’s agenda in fall at the latest.

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