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France rejects punishing denial

of the Armenian genocide

Yerevan's memorial (foto by Carmelo)

Yerevan's memorial (foto by Carmelo)

The French Senate rejected a law design approved in 2006 by the General Assembly providing a year jail and a fine of 45,000 euros for those who deny the Armenian genocide.

The text was rejected with 196 nays and 74 ays, after a passionate parliamentary debate with the participation, among others, of philosopher Bernard-Henry Lévy and singer Charles Aznavour, the Armenian ambassador to Switzerland.

The vote was accompanied also by a protest demonstration outside the Senate against President Sarkozy who before his election had offered support to this law proposal.

11 May 2011

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Metz Yeghern

the genocide of the Armenians

In the framework of first world war (1914-1918), in the area of the Ottoman Empire, in Turkey, we witness the unfolding of the genocide of the Armenian people (1915 – 1923), the first of the Twentieth century. Through it the government of the "Young Turks", which seized power in 1908, carried out the elimination of the Armenian ethnic group, which has inhabited the Anatolic area since the Seventh century b.C..
In the memory of the Armenian people, and also according to the historian's estimates, two thirds of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, nearly 1,500,000 people, perished. Many were the children forced to convert to Islam and the women sent to the harems. The deportation and extermination of 1915 were preceded by the pogroms of 1894-96 planned by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and by those of 1909 carried out by the government of the "Young Turks".

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