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 PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 9:51 am    Post subject: Netherland: Criminalizing Armenian Genocide denial? Reply with quote Back to top

Bill criminalizing Armenian Genocide denial to be presented to the Dutch
Parliament


ArmRadio.am
29.05.2006 18:00

At a news conference on June 1 member of the Christian Union of the
Dutch parliament Tineke Huizinga will submit a bill criminalizing
denial of genocide and other crimes against humanity. As an example of
such a crime the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey is mentioned.

Members of `April 24', the Federation of Armenian Organizations, as
well as representatives of Jewish and Dutch organizations will take
part in the news conference.
 
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 PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 7:24 am    Post subject: Christian Union wants to make genocide denial punishable Reply with quote Back to top

ANP (DUTCH PRESS AGENCY)

1 June 2006

Christian Union wants to make
the denial of genocide punishable


THE HAGUE (ANP) - The denial of genocide, such as the Holocaust, must be
punishable. To this end the Christian Union (ChristenUnie) party has
submitted a bill to the Parliament. Anyone who intentionally denies a
genocide or a crime against humanity in order to insult others or incite
hate shall be accountable as having committed a crime which can carry a
maximum sentence of one year imprisonment, according to the draft law.

The presenter of the bill, Dutch MP Mrs. Tineke Huizinga, wants to have this
provision included in the Dutch Penal Code as a clear signal that such
denials would not be tolerated. The law should also make it easier to combat
discrimination on Internet, said Huizinga Thursday during the introducing of
her bill.

For the victims of genocides and their surviving relatives the intentional
denials of the committed evil or distorting of the facts are ³indigestible².
Huizinga named as an example, next to the persecution of the Jews during the
Second World War, the extent and dimensions of the slavery in which The
Netherlands has played a ³disgraceful² role.

In addition, the parliament member recalled the Genocide of the Armenians in
1915 during the Ottoman Empire, which is still being denied by the present
day Turkey and the Turks elsewhere. Huizinga and other members of the
Parliament have recently been bombarded by E-mails forwarded especially by
the Turks who oppose the Christian Union bill.

Huizinga emphasised that the bill does not seek to restrict the freedom of
speech. According to her, the historical facts should always be open to
discussion. The denial, approval or justification of genocide should
therefore be punishable when it concerns a deliberate expression to insult
and discriminate people.

The Federation of Armenian Organisations in The Netherlands called the bill
a step forward and is happy that the Armenian Genocide has been explicitly
mentioned in the Explanatory Memorandum of the bill. A representative of the
organisation, Mrs. Inge Drost, thinks that the adoption of the bill should
make it possible to close Internet sites which engage in the denial of
Armenian Genocide, such as seemingly innocent site www.armenië.nl

In a reaction, the National Bureau for Combating Race Discrimination and the
Israel Information and Documentation Centre, likewise announced their
support of the bill. The draft law should go first to the Council of State
for advice, following which the Parliament can start the proceedings on the
bill.
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TURKS TRYING TO IMPEDE GENOCIDE LAW DISCUSSION IN DUTCH PARLIAMENT

PanARMENIAN.Net
05.06.2006 17:20 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Enacting the proposed law presented to the Dutch
Parliament which criminalizes denial of the Armenian Genocide is
decidedly difficult. Turkish origin Dutch parliamentarian, Fadime
Orgu, considers that legislative proposal that upset Turks in the
Netherlands will be delayed in the commission. Orgu said the Armenian
lobby seeking the support of the public opinion in various countries
now tries to stir the Netherlands, "the country of tolerance", and
Turks in the Netherlands will not allow this to happen.

Turkish Deputy said: "We will deal with the matter with our friends
within and outside the party. We need to be calm, strategic and
diplomatic. A huge responsibility has been entrusted to Turkish civil
institutions, businessmen and the public. If we strengthen our lobby,
we can stop the draft in its initial stage." Orgu said it will be
very difficult to pass the draft even if it passes the commission,
reported Zaman.
 
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