French students will hardly miss the opportunity to learn true history of Ottoman Empire, while Ankara again compromised itself.
August 31, 2012
Poor knowledge on legislation and governmental system of other countries played a mean trick on Turkey and, unfortunately, on Armenian media as well. The decision of the French ministry of education, which has nothing to do with the country’s president, to include study of the Armenian Genocide into the secondary school curriculum, sparked a new splash of hatred towards France in Ankara. Turkey met this move with an immediate rebuff, and this is not the first case. The Turks seem to be just busy finding fault with the whole world over the Armenian Genocide.
Measuring others’ corn by her own bushel, Turkey does not even admit the thought that France, being faithful to democracy and freedom of speech, could not have voted down the bill.
January 24, 2012
The incredible happened: French Senate passed the bill criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide. The bill passed with 127 votes for, 86 against, with the total number of voters being 213. The bill renders denial punishable with a year in jail and a fine of 45,000 euros. It shall come into force upon being signed by President Sarkozy, who is hardly probable to change his mind at the last moment.
Turkey slams criminalization of genocide denial as violation of freedom of speech but throws to jail people who dare speak of Armenian Genocide.
December 25, 2011
On December 22, 2011, French National Assembly passed a bill criminalizing public denial of the Armenian Genocide. If passed and signed into law by the Senate, the bill would impose a 45,000 euro fine and a year in prison for anyone in France who denies this crime against humanity committed by the Ottoman Empire. On this day, almost all Armenians celebrated a minor national victory. Almost all…
Ankara, apparently, never understood anything and continues, with an incomprehensible obstinacy, to deny not only the fact of the Armenian Genocide, but also the right of each state to adopt the laws it finds necessary.
December 22, 2011
The other day the French National Assembly voted on the bill introduced by lawmaker Valerie Boyer on criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide. The bill levies a fine of 45,000 euros and involves a one year prison sentence for those who deny the Armenian Genocide. Thus, France did what is essential for a civilized state, declaring freedom, equality and human rights an imperative.