February 22, 2014 - 11:32 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The Armenian National Committee (CNA) of South America held a series of meetings with Swiss representatives in Argentina and Uruguay to express the concern of the community regarding the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in the case "Perincek vs Switzerland", Agencia Prensa Armenia reported.
The CNA handed a letter to every Swiss representative stressing that the “damaging consequences that could this ruling bring, not only for the struggle for recognition and reparations of the Armenian Genocide, but also for the whole range of principles of the international laws regarding human rights. That is why we respectfully ask, through you, the Swiss State to appeal the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.”
On Feb 13, the CNA of Uruguay met with the Swiss ambassador in Uruguay Didier Pfirter, who was fully aware of the Armenian cause and said he had been concerned over the issues related to the Armenian Genocide for years. The ambassador promised to deliver the letter to his government.
The next day, the CNA of Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, handed the letter to the Swiss ambassador in Argentina Johannes Matyassy, and on Feb 20 the CNA of Córdoba, province of Argentina, met with the Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Cordoba Dr. Ricardo J. Rysler, handed the letter and also the interview that Prensa Armenia conducted to Dr. Sévane Garibian.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Dec 17 that denial of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians as genocide falls under freedom of expression, following an appeal from a Turkish politician to his conviction in Switzerland.
Turkish Workers’ Party (İP) Chairman Dogu Perincek, who had described the Armenian Genocide as an “international lie,” had complained that Swiss courts had breached his freedom of expression, based on Article 10 covering freedom of expression.
The ECHR ruling stated that “the free exercise of the right to openly discuss questions of a sensitive and controversial nature is one of the fundamental aspects of freedom of expression and distinguishes a tolerant and pluralistic democratic society from a totalitarian or dictatorial regime.”