ATHENS — The Greek parliament has passed a bill on criminalizing the denial of the genocide today. The members of parliament voted 54 to 42 for the bill, with 3 abstained. With adoption of the bill Greece becomes the third European country after Switzerland and Slovakia that will criminalize the Armenian Genocide denial.
The amended version of the bill entitled “Fight against Xenophobia” envisages bringing to criminal account for denial of the genocides of not only Jews, but also Armenians and Pontus Greeks. The bill provides large monetary fines and imprisonment for the people, who will publicly humiliate and deny the genocides and the crimes committed against humanity recognized by the Greek Parliament and international courts.