Belgium: Criminal responsibility for Armenian Genocide denial

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BELGIUM: CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ARMENIAN GENOCIDE DENIAL

24.04.2005 04:31

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ By a majority vote the Belgian Parliament adopted a bill,
according to which those who deny the Armenian Genocide can be imprisoned or
made to pay a heavy administrative fine. As reported by Turkish media, when
the law comes into effect, Turkish politicians will experience many problems
regarding expressing their position in Belgium. The bill has already been
viewed by the Commission for Legal Issues, is approved by the Parliament and
is submitted to the Senate. Upon being approved by the Senate, the document
will be submitted to the Belgian King for ratification. At that there is a
certain trend available – as a rule the Senate confirms the documents
approved by the Parliament. The document provides for imprisonment from 8
days to a year or a money fine from 26 to 5000 euros. All those, who
diminishes the Genocide, defends or supports people, who have perpetrated it
or any other crime against humanity, will undergo punishment. Besides, the
justice mechanisms allow Belgium brining a charge against any of the EU
countries denying the Armenian Genocide.

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