French council repeals law on “Armenian genocide” denial
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27
By Orkhan Quluzade – Trend:
France’s Constitutional Council has repealed a law on criminalization of denial of the so-called “Armenian genocide”, Turkish media outlets reported.
“This ruling causes uncertainty regarding expressions and comments on historical matters. Thereby, this ruling is an unnecessary and disproportionate attack against freedom of speech,” the council said.
The law carried a punishment of a year in prison or 40,000 euros of fine.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out “genocide” against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Turkey in turn has always denied “the genocide” took place. While strengthening the efforts to promote the “genocide” in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.
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