PARIS — French MP, author of the bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, Valerie Boyer said she will never visit Turkey because of threats she receives, Turkish Milliyet reports.
This year she presented two bills one of them relating to criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, the other offers creation of a commission to investigate the decision of the French Constitutional Council to recognize the bill unconstitutional.
She said the Turkish government has disrespected her and threatened. She said there are many videos in YouTube containing bad words and disrespect in her address.
“I am glad I do not understand Turkish. But my family and I have received threats in French, I was forced to live under police protection for a while. I am deputy head of Armenian-French friendship group. I will continue my fight for punishing the denial of the Armenian Genocide,” she said.
The French MP said she previously visited Turkey but now she does not want as she will endanger her life there. Boyer said even if the Turkish government promises to guarantee her safety she will not take the risk.
“The government did not kill Hrant Dink, while it is not known who did it,” she said, adding that besides threats she is also receiving supportive messages from Turkey.
“There are still people in Turkey who believe in human rights,” she said.