YEREVAN — Armenia on Wednesday praised the Greek parliament for passing a law that makes it a crime to deny the Jewish Holocaust, the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey and other crimes against humanity recognized by Greece.

“With this move Greece once again proved its commitment to universal values and took an important step towards preventing genocides and other crimes against humanity,” Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a statement.

For his part, deputy parliament speaker Eduard Sharmazanov, an ethnic Greek, hailed the development in a phone call with a pro-Armenian member of Greece’s parliament, Apostolos Kaklamanis. Sharmazanov is also the chief spokesman for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia.

Greece is one of about two dozen states that have officially recognized the 1915 slaughter of some 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide. It has also become the third country, after Switzerland and Slovakia, to criminalize genocide denial.

Acting on an appeal lodged by a Turkish nationalist politician, the European Court of Human Rights ruled last December that a corresponding Swiss law runs counter to freedom of expression and must be repealed. The Swiss government appealed against that ruling.

A similar law was passed by the French parliament only to be struck down by the country’s constitutional court in 2012.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

USC Institute of Armenian Studies Gala Event to Salute USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Armenian Genocide Digitization Project

LOS ANGELES, CA — The USC Institute of Armenian Studies’ Leadership Council…

Panel Discussion on Armenia’s Velvet Revolution Attracts Broad Audience

WASHINGTON, DC — From the frontlines of Armenia’s Velvet Revolution to demonstrations…

President Barack Obama\’s Annual “Meds Yeghern” Statement

WASHINGTON, DC — The White House has released President Barack Obama’s annual…

Czech Republic Beat Armenia 3-0 in International Friendly

Armenia lost to the Czech Republic 3-0 in a warm-up game on…