On the Armenian Genocide, politics, and games
Published in Defacto on October 17, 2007
The French Parliament passed a bill last Thursday making it illegal to deny the Armenian Genocide in
Several countries in the EU seem rather too anxious to see
The clause, demanding
Slow, but steady movement towards democracy.
And then suddenly one of the prominent members of the EU intends to pass a law abridging the freedom of speech, that is the fundamental principle of democracy. Double standards. I can see the reason for
However, why does not anyone challenge the same law that made the denial of the Holocaust a crime in many of the European states? Holocaust is a widely recognized historical fact. The Armenian Genocide is not.
In 2003 the European Court of Human Rights said, “Denying or minimizing the Holocaust must be seen as one of the acutest forms of racial slandering and incentives to hatred towards the Jews.” It claimed that the freedom of speech argument cannot and should not be used to dispute crimes against humanity.
The Article Two of the UN Convention on Genocide of December 1948, defines genocide as acts intended “to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.”
What is more, in 1987, by the resolution numbered Doc. A2-33/87 the European Parliament has stated that the “tragic events involving Armenians living in the territory of the Ottoman Empire constitute genocide within the meaning of the convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide adopted by the UN General Assembly.”
There is a large Armenian community in
I agree. Politics is all about interests.
With elections coming up next year, the French politicians burn to attract as much support as possible. With this bill they would appeal to the large number of ethnic Armenians, as well as to the nationalist majority of the public that bitterly opposes
It seems the French give no regard to the “serious economic blow” their country might suffer as a result of the sanctions
In any case, I see all this as a blunt theater play - a mere political maneuver. In order to become law the bill has still to be approved by the upper house and President Chirac himself. Judging by their recent comments, I think they will not approve it.
And the outcome?
Those seeking political support in
While a monument commemorating the Armenian Genocide in a